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Unformatted text preview: On the next day, Tristram took Newman home to meet Mrs. Tristram. Newman was fond of the company of women and welcomed the opportunity. Mrs. Tristram had a "marked tendency to irony." She had a very plain face, and had decided years ago to attempt to develop a great deal of charm to compensate for her lack of beauty. She had once been in love with a clever man who slighted her, and she "married a fool" out of some type of revenge, but she possessed "a spark of the sacred fire." After a few talks with Mrs. Tristram, Newman and she became "fast friends." In their closer associations, he rapidly noticed that the Tristrams were not compatible. He also realized that the fault lay with Tom Tristram who seemed to live an idle and useless life. As their acquaintance deepened, Mrs. Tristram often felt the need "to do something with" Newman. As their acquaintance deepened, Mrs....
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