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What Maisie Knew
Henry James

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WHAT MAISIE KNEW 

HENRY JAMES 

The litigation seemed interminable and had in fact been
complicated; but by the decision on the appeal the judgement of
the divorce-court was confirmed as to the assignment of the
child.  The father, who, though bespattered from head to foot, had
made good his case, was, in pursuance of this triumph, appointed
to keep her: it was not so much that the mother's character had
been more absolutely damaged as that the brilliancy of a lady's
complexion (and this lady's, in court, was immensely remarked)
might be more regarded as showing the spots.  Attached, however,
to the second pronouncement was a condition that detracted, for
Beale Farange, from its sweetness--an order that he should refund
to his late wife the twenty-six hundred pounds put down by her,
as it was called, some three years before, in the interest of the
child's maintenance and precisely on a proved understanding that
he would take no proceedings: a sum of which he had had the

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