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When Jeffrey turned fourteen and Matilda twelve, they had begun to change; to grow rude, coarse, selfish, insolent, nasty, brutish, and tall. It was as if she were keeping a boarding house in a bad dream, and the children she had loved were turning into awful lodgers--lodgers who paid no rent, whose leases could not be terminated.

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Source Notes: The War Between the Tates (chapter 1) (1974).

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