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  • My mother possessed some knowledge of Italian, a language not altogether unknown to any of the family: she therefore resolved to learn French immediately; for which purpose the interpreter, for whose child she had stood godmother during these stormy times, and who now, therefore, as a gossip, [Footnote: The obsolete word, "gossip," has been revived as an equivalent for the German, "/gevatter/."

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