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when you write. — He comes to Boston to study law.
He is the grandson of Mr. Reynolds. We must go; James,
put the horse in the chaise. Where is the whip ? Give
me the reins. — My sister has not come yet. — Here is
Emma. Why did you not come in uncle's carriage ? I
don't like going in his carriage since the accident which
happened to us ; his horse is too shy. It is no longer the
same ; he has changed it.

Here is the newspaper, Sir. George, have you been to
inquire about Mr. Jones ? Yes, Sir. Well, how is he to-
day ? He is much better ; they consider him out of dan-
ger now. I am very glad to hear that. The day before
yesterday he was so ill that they thought he would not
get through the night. — Have you finished reading the
newspaper ? Yes, you may take it if you wish. I only
want to look at the advertisements. — A young man of

good address wants a situation. — A young lady . —

A respectable young person wishes to engage as

references . Wanted, a governess to instruct

Did you ring. Ma'am ? Yes, it is for some coal. Shall I
put some on the fire ? You put too much on. Don't make
so much blaze, you will set the house on fire. The chim-
ney was swept not long ago. There is a great deal of
soot already at the opening. The room is full of smoke.
Don't shut the door entirely; leave it ajar.

Have you been out to-day ? Not yet. Will you come
with me as far as Water Street ? — Sir, would you have
the kindness to examine this watch, and tell me what is
out of order ? Is it a hunter's watch ? No, it is a re-
peater. It will not go, the mainsj^ring is broken. What
will you charge to put in another ? Two dollars. When
can I call for it? To-morrow night, if you like. You will
regulate it, if you please. Then you must leave it with


me a day longer. — Henry, you are wasting time. I have
done all my exercises. You have a lesson to learn. I anv
not very well. You must go to bed. I am not sleepy.


There is a carriage at the door. It is Mrs. B.'s carriage,
I think. — Mrs. and the Miss B.'s, Ma'am. We come
early, don't we ? î^ot too early for us. You are very
kind. Is not Miss Emily at home ? Yes, here she is. I
have not been very well all this week. The ball fatigued
you. I only danced six quadrilles. My cousin staid
longer than I did ; she did not come home till daylight. —
We went last night to the Museum. The illuminations
were very brilliant, and the society very select, although
numerous. We met Mr. W. and his wife there. She is
very amiable. They have not been married more than a
year. We are going to the Opera this evening; will you
come with us? I am sorry I cannot accompany you.
We must say good-by to you now. Stay; don't come
any farther, pray. — We received this morning a visit
from Mrs. B. and her daughters. They have just re-
turned from France. Did they remain all the time in
Paris ? Oh, no ; they went to visit the banks of the

I was sure I should see you to-day. I dreamed of you
last night. I dreamed that you were going to Paris.
What a pity that it is only a dream ! May I go up stairs ?
You will find all in disorder in my room. I got up too
late ; I have not had time to put my things in the drawers.
I don't mind that. — I have a bad cough. I was so hoarse
yesterday that I could not make myself heard at all. I
was obliged to stay at home ; I kept my room all day. —
^lary is going to leave us. I like her very much : I am

sorry she is going. Her eldest sister is going to be mar-

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ried. She came here this morning. She is a good-look-
ing young woman. — You know my cousin Jane ? Yes.
This is her portrait. It is very like her. She is an orphan.
She is still under age. Who is her guardian ? He is an
old man. Is he married? No, he is a bachelor. He
would make a good match for Miss K. She is an old maid
now. — Your gloves are on the ground. You have a
pretty ring. Is it gold ? How much did it cost you ? It
was given to me. — This has been a fine day. The stars
shine brightly this evening ; it will freeze to-night.


I am sorry to have disturbed you. I have but one word
to say to you. Take a chair and sit down. I think it my
duty to tell you. — That is very strange ; you surprise me ;
I can hardly believe you. I witnessed it. Indeed ! Don't
speak of it to any one. Be easy. — What was he telling
you ? That does not concern you. Never mind, tell me
all the same. You are very inquisitive. — A gentleman
called to see you while you were out. He could not speak
a word of English ; I could not help laughing. He is a
German ; he is a doctor. You were very wrong to laugh
so; it is very rude. You ought to be ashamed of it.

I met Mr. Thompson as I was coming. Don't tell
stories. Where did you meet him ? Did he inquire after
me ? Where was he going ? You ought to have brought
him with you. He said he would come to see us in the
afternoon. Do you think he will come ? Oh, yes ; he is
a man of his word. — We are going to the play this even-
ing: will you come with us? I can't; I expect a friend.
He will not come, perhaps. I am sure he will. Here he
is. I hope you are well. We were speaking of you. I
was afraid you would not come. Sit down ; we are going
to take tea. — This is for you. Is your tea as you like it ?


Will you have some toast ? I will take a slice of bread
and butter. Will you have another cup of tea ? Will
you have the kindness to pass me the butter ? Whose
cup is this ? It is mine. Will you have the goodness to
ring the bell ? A little more water, Mary. Will you pour
it into the tea-pot? Shall I fill it up? That will do.
Leave the kettle here. — Do you know Mr. S. ? I know
him by sight. He is going to be married. Whom does
he marry ? The daughter of a merchant in the city. Has
she any fortune ? Do you know her ? I have seen her
two or three times at parties. Shall you go to the wed-
ding ? I don't think I shall.



Were you much amused last night at the play ? Were
there many people there ? The house was full ; there was
no room in the boxes ; we were obliged to stay in the pit.
Didn't you get there too late ? N'o ; the curtain had not
risen. What did they act? They acted a new piece.
What was it ? A comedy, with a ballet at the close. Did
you have a good seat ? Yes ; I was near the orchestra.
Did Kean perform last night ? Yes. How do you like
him ? He plays well. Miss C. was much applauded. She
is a very good actress. Her part was not very difficult.
Have you ever seen her in the part of Phaedra ? Her sisteï
came out last Friday. What do you think of her ? She
is engaged for the whole season. Do you like S. ? Oh, I
can't bear him. Which actor do you like best ? — John,
have you been to Mr. Brown's ? What did he say ? He
was not at home. Whom did you speak to ? You must
go there again. You can take this book to him. Take
care that it does not get wet. You must wrap it up.

What do you wish to-day. Sir ? I want some cloth for
a coat. If you will please pass to the end of the shop,


they will show you some. Will yon show this gentleman
some cloth, master John? What sort of cloth do you
wish for, Sir? Have you any patterns? I like this
brown pretty well. It is a very good cloth. What is the
price of it ? Five dollars a yard. That seems to me
rather dear. Pardon me, it is not too dear for the qual-
ity : only feel it ; how fine and soft it is ! and notice that
it is full five quarters. And what is the price of this one ?
That blue ? Yes. I could not let you have it under six
dollars» Yet it does not look any finer than the other.
You are right, it is the same as to quality, but the blue is
always a little dearer than the other colors. That ought
not to make so much difference in the price. Tell me
your lowest price. That is the lowest, Sir ; we never
overcharge, I assure you. Well, I will have the first I
saw. I will go and fetch the piece. How much will you
have of it ? Cut two yards and a half, if you please.


Frosty again. 'Tis fine weather for the season. It is
not too cold. — I have brought you a letter from Mr.
Nichols. I made his acquaintance at your uncle's. —
Come in. — I am sorry to disturb you, and I hope you
will excuse me. You do not disturb me. Did you ride
here ? No, I walked. It is very slippery ; I came near fall-
ing down twice. Sit down ; I will be with you in a minute.
— Now, then ! I should be very glad to have your opin-
ion in an affair which interests me. Allow me to ask you
a question. Were you aware of it? You have acted
very giddily. What must be done ? — Who is that lady ?
She is a widow. She is a relation of Mrs. D. She is very
poor. Has she any children ? She has four. There is
not one of age yet. — I am afraid I shall get to my office
too late. — There was a fire last night in Hanover Street^


close to the market. It broke out at half past eleven, and
the firemen did not come till nearly twelve. The house
was insured, as I heard say.

I am very glad to meet you ; I was going to your house.
Is your brother returned from his journey ? We expect
him every day. Are you very busy now ? Don't speak
to me about it : I am over head and ears in business. —
Miss Amelia sang a pretty song. Have you seen the beau-
tiful jewel that her god-papa gave her on her birthday ?
Yes ; it is a present which must have cost a great deal.
He is very fond of her. Poor G. has not succeeded, it
seems ; he has been refused. I suspected that his endeav-
ors would be useless. They thought him too old. He is
at least forty. How did they manage to tell him so?
They gilded the pill for him.

What o'clock is it ? It is half past ten by my watch.
Is it right ? I think so. It is time to go out. — Well,
are you ready ? I don't know what I have done with my
handkerchief. Do you take your dog out ? No, indeed :
James, call the dog and shut him up for fear he should
follow me. Let us first go to your friend's. This is the
way. Give me your arm. The sky is getting cloudy ; we
shall have some rain. You think so ? — There is a knock,
Maria ; give me the child, and go and open the door. Is
Mr. Davis at home ? No, Sir ; but Mrs. is, if you wish to
see her. — Is this your little boy. Ma'am ? Yes, Sir. He
is very pretty ; he has beautiful eyes, and fat, rosy cheeks.
He is like his father, I find.


Do you know a good tailor who is honest ? Mine is a
good man, and he works well : I am very much pleased
with him. Where does he live ? I'll go and see him. John
can conduct you to him. — I want a coat. Of what


color ? I should like it black. Are you particular about
the color ? What is ""^he price of that cloth ? Four dol-
lars a yard. It is very dear. I beg your pardon, it is
cheap, I assure you. I will take it then. Shall I take your
measure? — James is going to leave us soon. I will
profit by that opportunity to send my cousin a few things
she asked me for. — I have been out all day ; I am
fatigued. I think I have caught a cold. You should take
some gruel to-night for your supper.

I must go and buy a hat this morning, for I can't wear
this one any longer ; it looks too shabby. — I want a hat.
Will you have a beaver or a silk one ? I like a silk one
best. Here is one very light, which will fit you well, I think ;
will you try it on ? It is a little too large. Here is an-
other. The crown is rather high. It must not be too low
either. What do yon think of this ? The brim is very
narrow. It is the fashion. It pinches me a little. Will
you try that one ? It fits me better. It fits you beauti-
fully. I am looking at the lining : I don't like that color
much. I can put another in. Well, then I will take this
one. Can you send it to me this evening? Yes, you shall
have it to-night. Where shall I send it ? I'll leave you
my address, if you will give me a pen and ink. Richard,
bring the inkstand. My fingers are benumbed, I can't
write. Has Charles been here ? I was afraid he would
come while I was out. But Mr. J. called about an hour
ago. I am sorry I was not in.


Here is the tailor. Sir. Send him to me. — You see I
am a man of my word. I was afraid you would have
forgotten me. Oh, no ; I should have come sooner, but

. No matter, I never go out before twelve. WiU

you try on your coat ? It is too long in the waist. I


don't think it is ; it fits you well behind. Does it not
"wriiikle in the back? No, not at all. It is rather tight ;
I can't button it. Allow me. The sleeves are a little too
loose and too short. I think not, Sir. That coat fits you
beautifully. It is well, but it is too tight. I can let out
the seams a little, if you like. I'll take it home. When
will you send it back ? You shall have it this evening.
You may send it at any hour whatever : we never go to
bed before twelve. You shall have it about ten o'clock.
That will do very well. Good day. Oh, I forgot. I say,
Mr K., will you send me some patterns for a waistcoat ?
Yes, I will.

Do you ever hear from Mr. P. ? Does he do a good
business? Yes ; his business is very good. Will you oblige
me by putting this letter in the post-ofiice, as you pass
by ? Certainly, — Mr. George called on you. He would
not wait. I was busy writing when he came. He is
going to France very soon. Who told you so ? He did.
He went to Germany last summer. His father is rich ;
he is independent ; he keeps his carriage. He had some-
thing left him by an old friend of the family. He was
no relation to them. Has not Mrs. L. a brother who
is rich too ? He died last year in the West Indies. He
was in the prime of life. He was worth fifty thousand
dollars when he died. Had he any children? No;
but a will was found in which he had made several leg-
acies. — I have a bad headache ; I am unwell. I beg your
pardon for gaping so, but I can't help it. Are you
sleepy ?


Do you wish for any thing? Shall I go with you ? Oh,
I know my way about the house. Don't do that, Edward ;
have done ; how troublesome you are ! let us alone. I
am going to pay some visits; will you come with me?


I shall be happy to accompany you. I have a good mind
to go and see Mrs. P. Has she returned from the coun-
try? Long ago. Where does she live now ? I will show
you. I should not be surprised if Mr. J. were to marry
her daughter. It is not likely. But, if that took place,
should you be glad of it ? Yes ; why not ? Her niece is
not of age yet. She is very giddy. Far from repenting
of her conduct, she glories in it.

What shall we do to amuse ourselves? What you
please. Will you play at checkers ? I don't play very
well ; but if you wish it, we will have a game. I am not
a very good player either, I assure you. I am going to
fetch the checker-board. Which will you have, the white
or the black ? I don't care which. Mine are placed. One of
mine is wanting. If you will leave a square empty in a
corner, I will give you the first man I take. Who is to
begin ? Begin, if you please. I have played. It is your
turn. If you do that, I shall take two. If you take me,
I shall take you afterwards. Ah, I did not see that move.
— - Take, it is your move. I huff you. Huffing is not
playing ; I take three and go to king. Will you crown
me, if you please ? Do you move that ? I'll take you.
Never mind, it is done. Look, I take four, and go to king
again. — Well, gentlemen, who is winning? That gentle-
man. I have lost. Let us have another game. It is
rather late. Have you ever played with Mr. J. ? He is
not so skilful as you : I give him four men generally, and
win. — I am stiff with sitting so long.


I see you are preparing to go out ; I won't prevent you
from going to your business. Which way do you go ? I
will accompany you a little way. I spent last evening
with a friend of yours. I have not seen him for a long


time. Poor Mr. K. is dead. I met him not long ago.
He was not ill more than a week. How long has he been
dead ? A fortnight or three weeks at the most. He has
left three children. It is very unfortunate. What has
become of his brother-in-law ? He is bankrupt. How do
you know that? I was told so. — By the by, they say
that Messrs. G. and Co. have failed for one hundred thou-
sand dollars. What a number of failures there have been
lately! It is not surprising, trade is so bad. — What
o'clock is that ? hark. It is a quarter to eleven. I have
an appointment at half past. Then I will not detain you
any longer ; good-by. — Is James in ? He has a friend
with him, I think. They went out together. — Ah, here
you are ! I have just come from your house. Won't you
return with me ?

You look as if you were in pain. My head aches : I
am feverish. Will you have some beef-tea made for you?
I don't wish to nurse myself so. — Alexander, they have
brought a pair of boots for you. — Good morning, Mr. C. ;
you have brought my boots at last. I beg your pardon,
Sir, for having kept you w^aiting ; but it is not my fault.
Will you try them on ? I can't get them on. Take the
hooks. Allow me. Put your foot to the ground now.
They pinch me on the instep ; I can't walk with them.
I had rather you would make me another pair. I must
take your measure again. Make the soles a little thicker ;
these are rather too thin. — Is dinner ready ? You have
forgotten the knives. What will you have, Henry, soup
or fish ? Some fish, mamma, -if you please. Shall I give
you a small piece of lamb ? If you please. Will you
give me some bread ? Will you have new or stale bread ?
Do you like game ? We have a hare. — Eat your dinner.
— I have done. — Won't you take a little wine ?




Will you be good enough to show me some silk foï
dresses ? What color do you wish ? Light blue, or pink.
How much is it a yard ? We have only six yards left of
this. Will you measure it? It is exact. Anything else?
That is all I want to-day. Where shall I send the parcel?
I can take it with me. — What day is it to-day? To-day
is Wednesday. It is the day of the month that I want to
know. I am sure I don't know. Just look in the alma-
nac, if you please? To-day is the eighteenth. — Your
papa forbade you to play with that, Henry. Oh, I have
cut my linger ! That serves you right ; why are you so
obstinate ? He does not trouble himself about what is
said to him. He spends all his time at play, or in doing
mischief. — Oh, you have hit me ! I beg your pardon ; I
did not do it on purpose.

I wish the clockmaker would come to wind up the draw-
ing-room clock. I'll go and see what time it is by the
church clock. You had better go into the garden to look
at the dial, as the sun is out. It wants a quarter to
twelve. — Sophy ! Yes, Miss. Have you done ironing
my dress ? You shall have it directly. Make haste, I
beg you, for aunt is coming for us at half past twelve.
Can you come and dress me now? I'll come presently. —
I took out my curl-papers while waiting for you. Oh, how
badly you have laced me ! Your lacing is broken. That
does not signify ; you might lace me tighter. You have
skipped a hole. Will you take the stockings you wore
yesterday? Yes, with my satin shoes. Can you undo
that knot ? It is pretty tight. How clumsy you are ! get
away. Ah ! here it is. Will you come now and fasten
my dress ? Where is my sash ? I don't know what bon-
net to put on. It is your ^traw bonnet that suits you
best. — Caroline ! come, my dear, come. Yes, mamma,

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Lere I am. Give me my gloves quickly. Won't you take
your parasol ? It is not sunny.


I expect my brother this morning ; he wrote me that he
would be here by ten. It is nearly twelve. Here he is,
I think. Yes. We have breakfasted. I thought you
would not come to-day. The coach was full; I was
obliged to walk. I hope all are well. Aunt was not
very well this morning. She has a cold : she coughs very
much. I have a message for you. — This is good weather
for vegetation ; the rain of yesterday has done a great
deal of good ; we needed it very much. — Is there any
letter for me? There is one: my sister put it aside. —
Where shall I put this box ? Leave it here : no one will
touch it. Are you going out ? We shall dine at six. —
What a bustle there is in the city : should you like to live
here ? Oh ! no, indeed ! It would be the death of him.
How disagreeable this constant rattling of carriages must
be ! I returned by the steamboat. Whilst I was on deck,
a gust of wind came which blew off my hat into the river.
How I should have laughed, had I been there.

There is a fashionable wedding this morning. — Come,
make haste. — Well, did you see the bride ? Yes, I saw
her stepping into her carriage ; she is very pretty. How
was she dressed ? I did not pay much attention to her
dress ; you must ask Louisa about it. And how do you
like the bridegroom ? He is rather a handsome man, but
I don't like his face ; his look does not please me. I fear
he will not make his wife happy. She would marry him
in spite of her parents. She is an only child, I think. No,
she has a brother, a lieutenant in the life-guards. You
have there a splendid bouquet. It is for my mother : I
am going to see her this evening. Will you accompany


me ? I will introduce you to my family. I shall be de-
lighted to go with you. Good-by for the present : I will see
you again by and by. You must be here at six precisely.
— Why don't you put on your pumps ? They are worn
out ; they, want new soles. — Can you give me change for
a dollar? I have no money about me.


I have come to invite you to pass to-morrow evening
with us. You do me much honor ; I will go with a great
deal of pleasure. — You have made some alterations in
your house. Have not you seen them yet ? No. Your
drawing-room is splendid. You have some fine pictures :
there is a battle ; this is a shipwreck. What does this one
represent ? The abduction of the Sabine women. Do
you like landscapes ? This one is considered a master-
jpiece. — All your apartments look on the garden. The
prospect from your windows is very pleasant. Come to
the balcony. They are. pruning the trees. We will go
down if you like. The walks are newly gravelled, they
want rolling. The trees are shooting out. The sun is
getting powerful. The lilac will soon be in blossom. This
pear-tree was loaded with fruit last year. The hot-house
is nearly empty. The wind has blown down two flower-
pots. Pick some violets.

I thought you were going into the country to-day. I
have changed my mind ; I shall not go till next week.
You have a curious snufi'-box. It was a present to me.
All that is shell, but what is this ? It looks like mother-
of-pearl. It is. Will you have a pinch of snuff? I never
take it. Well, Captain Ward is going to be married.
Who told you so ? He does not know what has passed.
Why don't you tell him? I would not do it for any thing
in the world. It does not concern me. The poor girl is


/lût SO guilty as her friends. — Fred, what are you doing
there ? I am 3oing nothing. Have you done your exer'
cise ? Not entirely. You must finish it. I have plenty
of time. You had better do it now, and play afterwards.
I have no pencil. That is a mere excuse. I don't under-
stand that sentence ; I don't know what that word means.
You must look for it in your dictionary. I don't find it.
You don't look carefully.


Charles ! Henry ! come and see your uncle who has
arrived. Let us run. Good morning, uncle. Good
morning, my boys. How tall they are now ! How old
are they? Charles is fifteen, and Henry will soon be
thirteen. He was born on the 15th of June. — We landed
at Portsmouth; we leave again to-morrow week. So
soon ? — Will you have a game at cards ? Who is to deal ?
The lady is to deal. Will you please cut ? There is a
card faced. Shuffle them well. I want one more. What
are trumps? I don't know what to do. Stop, do that;
follow my advice, that will bring you good luck. If it
had not been for you, it was all over with him.

There is a gentleman who wishes to see you. What is
his name ? Show him into the drawing-room, I am com-
ing. Is your family in town? Have you breakfasted?
î^ot yet. Will you take breakfast with us ? You are very
kind. Emily, come to breakfast. Will you take tea or
cofiee ? I generally take coffee in the morning. Do yon
eat meat at breakfast ? Here is some ham ; shall I cut

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