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have pricked my finger. Why don't you put on your
thimble ? It is too large for me. Will you have mine ?
— They told me that you sent to my house this morn-
ing. Yes, it was for Henry. Here is Mr. L. come to see
you. What! are you ill? Yes, Sir. What ails you?
Have you any appetite ? Let me feel your pulse. He is
feverish. Show me your tongue. It is a little coated.
I'll write out a prescription. What is that ? Castor oil.
Is it long since you saw Mrs. S. ? I saw her yesterday
morning. Her nephew leaves on Thursday. Which one?
the one who is in the navy? Yes ; he is to embark in a
week. I should like very much to see a sea-j)ort. You



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must go to Norfolk ; you will see some men-of-war there.
Should you like to go to sea ? We hear too often of ship-
wrecks. You are in a great hurry, Doctor. Have you
many patients ? Yes, a great many. I have another in
this neighborhood. — Catharine can sit up to-night : she
is very obliging.

LXVI.

Will you come and take a walk ? . No, I don't feel like
it ; I don't feel weU. The ball of yesterday fatigued you.
I only danced six quadrilles. That does not signify ; one
always gets fatigued by sitting up all night. You have
not seen my jewels ? No. If you open that little
drawer, you will find the box in which they are. Is this
your jewel-box? Oh, what a beautiful comb! and what
a pretty necklace ! How well pearls look w^ith gold !
These are fine pearls. I admire the beads of the neck-
lace. Is it coral ? To be sure. What do you say of the
ear-rings and bracelets ? They are magnificent. — Let us
take a turn in the garden. You have not seen the foun-
tain yet. Look at the canaries. What is this bird ? It
is a blackbird, I think. Who takes care of all these birds ?
Give them something to eat. I am going to tnrow them
a handful of hemp-seed. Oh ! you have some bees. Do
not go near the hives ; there are some bees out ; they may
sting you. The caterpillars eat all the leaves. Gather a
rose. Here are some very pretty pinks. Smell that gilly-
flower. It smells very sweet. You have an earwig on
your collar ; don't stir that I may knock it ofi". And you
have a little lady-bug on your neck-handkerchief. — The
kitchen-garden is shut. Do you know what that is ?
No. It is hemp. Really ? Yes ; we give it to spin to
some poor women. I should like to see some cloth made.
There is a weaver close by. — The sky is very cloudy. It
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had better go home. Come in, you will get wet. — I hear
some one coming up. It is my sister with her son. We
are four, we can have a game of whist. Will you draw the
table this way ? I am going to deal. Shuffle them well.
I have made a mistake. Whose fault is it? Have you
some other cards, Mary ? I'll try to play a trick that was
showed me yesterday. This pack is not complete. It
must be, however. Here are the four kings, the queens,
and knaves; all the court-cards are there already: here are
also the aces, the hearts, and the diamonds. It only wants
a ten of clubs, with the eight and six of spades. — Where
is my litle girl ? She is in her cradle ; she is asleep. You
will give her a spoonful of this draught every quarter of
an hour. What do you think is the matter with her?
We can't say any thing yet; we must wait. I will come
to see her again to-morrow morning. Have you a nurse
for to-night ?

LXVII.

Ann, have you taken my shoes to the shoemaker's?
No, Sir, not yet. Do not forget to take them this even-
ing, for I shall want them on Sunday. I will go as soon
as I have done washing my plates. Don't forget to te]l
him to nail the heels. No, Sir. — Sister, will you come
and play at shuttlecock with me in the yard ? Have you
the battledoors ? I am going to get tliem. We want an-
other shuttlecock ; this is good for nothing now. Wait ;
I'll go and tell the porter's little girl to go and buy one
for us. Yes, go. — Here is your shuttlecock. Sir. — That's
right; here is a penny for your trouble. Thank you.
Sir. — How badly you play ! There ! that's enough ; let
us go and have a walk in the garden. One more game,
sister! I will play better; you shall see. Yes, and you
miss the very first stroke! Because you do not send it
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shuttlecock ; it is not my fault. I was sure you would
send it upon that wall. I am going to get it with the
ladder. — Ah! here is aunt, with Emilius and his sisters;
let us run to meet them. Good morning, aunt. Good
morning, dear ; is your mother at home ? Yes, aunt ;
she is up stairs. We dined yesterday at Mrs. D.'s. We
ate a delicious stuffed turkey. There was a splendid
dessert. They did not leave the table till nearly nine
o'clock. Her sister has just returned from Italy. She is
delighted with the native country of Tasso. I am learn-
ing music now. Are you? I began this morning. I
already know the scale : do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, do. That
is not much, but still it is something. — You look as if
you were in pain. I have a rush of blood to the head.
You ought to apply some leeches. I was bled last week.
You work too much ; you must take care of your health.
That is very difficult with so much occupation.

What! not dressed yet! and 'tis twelve o'clock. I was
not well this morning ; I got up late ; I shall soon be
ready. Be quick. I have only my cravat to put on. If
any one calls, I will be at home by four. — Will you play
at dominos? Let us rather have a game at billiards, if
you wish to play. I am willing. Waiter, where are the
balls? Are they not in the pockets? I only find one.
The others are on this side. Those cues are rather heavy.
Here are some lighter. This one is too short for me.
Take another, or play with the large end. Stop ! I will
use the mace for this stroke. How many points had you ?
Seventeen, I believe. Yes, this makes you twenty-one
now. Twenty-one to twenty-four. Have they marked it ?
Get out ; I am going to make a cannon. You will miss
the ball, more likely, and pocket yourself. Didn't I tell
you so ? How clumsy I am ! If it had not been for that
scratch, the game was yours. Will you have your re-
venge ? No, it is too late ; we must go. — He is a giddy
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LXVIIL

Will you come with me to pay a visit to Mrs.
Davis this morning? I have not time; I must go to
the wood-yard ; we are out of wood. — I am going into
the country to dinner to-day. Will you put the horse to
the chaise, that I may start ? I have not the harness.
Well, put the saddle on, and give me my spurs. — You
are late ; you only went on the trot ? I beg your pardon,
I came on the gallop. At what time did you start?
How is little D. now ? He had a blister put on his arm ;
he is much better. His mother spoils him ; she allows
him any thing. I am astonished that Mrs. D. should be
so weak. Her sister does not resemble her in that re-
spect; she brings up her children well. — Here they are,
coming at last ! How late you come !

How do you spend your time in the country ? It de-
pends upon circumstances; when we have no visitors, I
read or walk ; I amuse myself with gardening sometimes ;
but when any one comes to see us, then we play. Have
you a billiard table ? To be sure. We have also other
games, — nine-pins, checkers, cards, chess, and even dom-
inos, to amuse ourselves in-doors, when the weather is
not fine enough to stay in the garden : so you see that we
have all that is necessary to spend the time pleasantly.
We only want players sometimes. I will come and take
you by surprise one of these days. You will give me
great pleasure ; the sooner the better. — You are in a
great hurry; you should do us the favor to stay the
whole evening. I cannot have that pleasure to-day ; one
of my clerks is ill, so that I must go home. Well, since
you have business, I will not insist. I cannot, indeed. —
Mrs. B. is coming to dine with us to-morrow: I don't
know what to give her.

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Mamma, I am so cold. It is not cold here, though. I
don't feel well ; I have been shivering all day. You are
ill, then ? why didn't you tell me before, my daugh-
ter? Not to make you uneasy, dear mother. Are
you feverish? let me feel your pulse. It is a little
quick. You must go to bed early. What will you have
for supper? I will not eat any thing, msmma, thank
you ; I am not at all hungry. If so, I think you had bet-
ter go to bed now. I will, then. Well, go. Good night,
dear ; try to sleep well. I hope that you will be better
to-morrow morning.

LXIX.

There is a fearful fog to-night. Adela is ill, my dear.
You are joking ! No, she has a good deal of fever. Is
she in bed ? Yes ; I told her that she had better go, as
she complained of a headache and shivering. I must go
and see her. Take care not to wake her, if she is asleep.
Her face is burning hot; I am afraid it is the measles.
I will send for Mr. L. to-morrow morning if she is not
better. Francis, will you fold up my cloak, and go and
get me a light ? — I passed near there the other day. The
house is to let ; there is a notice up. — There is no fire in
your study. Sir ; shall I light one ? No, it is not worth
while ; I shall not stay there long. — Here is the baker's
bill. Sir. Has not the butcher given you his ? Will you
dress the salad? The oil is thickened. — Justina, where
is the cover of the sugar-bowl? The coffee-pot is boil-
ing over ; uncover it, and take it off the fire. — What has
the doctor advised ? We must hope that it will be of no
consequence. — A strange adventure hapj3ened to me
yesterday. — He would not go; we were obliged to send
for the police.

How much does my bill amount to, Ma'am, if you please ?
I am going away. Here it is. Sir. It ought not to be so

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much. Pardon me, Sir : you had one night's lodging at fifty
cents; yesterday's supper, and to-day's breakfast and din-
ner, at two dollars — that makes two dollars and a half; and
then a half bushel of oats that were given to the horse.
Boy, you may saddle the horse. See if he will drink be-
fore you put on his bit. The road is good, you will get
there by sunset. I had a horsewhip. Here it is. Here,
boy. — Did you rest well last night? At what o'clock
did you get up ? When you are ready we will start. —
Are you coming? I am putting on my coat. — I must
b\iy a watch chain. — Let us listen to the music : I like this
tune very much. — We have just seen the procession
pass. Poor Mr. D. is very infirm. What is the matter
with him ? He has the gout ; he walks with crutches.
His poor father was deaf and blind when he died. Which
one of the five senses would you lose with the least re-
gret — sight, hearing, smell, taste, or feeling ? It is difii-
cult to say. — You may bring up the dinner now; every
one is in. I am very hungry. So am I. Oh, I have
burned my mouth ! That serves you right ; why are you
so greedy ? You are spiteful. He has been doing nothing
but tease her all the evening. I think he is in love with
her. The way he courts her is a curious one.

ixx.

Some one rang, Julia. Yes, Ma'am, I am going. Who's
there ? It is the milk-woman, Ma'am. Tell her to bring
us better milk. How much must I take to-day. Ma'am ?
Take a pint. Did you pay her last time ? ISTo, Ma'am.
Well, you must pay her to-day. How much do we owe
her? This makes three weeks. Do you owe some-
tliing to the fruit-woman, also ? No, Ma'am : I paid her
yesterday. And at the grocer's, do you owe any thing ? 1
only owe for the pound of candles and the cake of poap



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that I went for yesterday, with the coffee of this morning.
Very well ; make haste and get the breakfast ready, and
then you can go to market. What do you want me to get
to-day ? We shall have company to dinner ; we should
have a fowl and some game. Won't you have any fish ?
You may get a piece of salmon, if it is not too dear; or a
mackerel, but it must be very fresh to be good. The meat-
pie that I ordered at the pastry-cook's, will serve as first
course : for second course, some vegetables, with fried fish
on each side, will be sufficient. You will keep the custard-
pudding and the apple-pie for the last course. We must
have something for dessert, Ma'am. You may buy a few
baskets of strawberries ; there is no other fruit now. We
shall have some stewed fruit, some cream, and some pre"
serves.

I hope you are not angry with me. You are joking; I
am obliged to you, on the contrary, for telling me when I
make blunders. I should like to make a good player of
you. I doubt much whether you will ever succeed ; it
is throwing pearls before swine. I don't agree with you.
— Do you know that httle dandy who sat next to Miss
D. ? I have forgotten his name ; I have it at my tongue's
end, but can't say it. He is very ridiculous.

LXXI.

Josephine, I have just invited Mr. L. to breakfast ; what
have you to give us? Some ham, mutton-chop, cheese,
and cream, with the coffee. There are some fresh eggs
below, we can have an omelet. Could you give us some
oysters ? Yes, I am going to send Angelica for some.
But you must think to get us some wine soon. — Will you
cut me some bread, Edmund ? How many crumbs you
make on the table ; mind ! This knife don't cut. It was
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Your ham is delicious. Shall I give you another slicb 'i
You do not drink. That cheese looks nice. I must
taste of it. Do you take milk in your coffee ? Yes,
always in the morning. I will show you my garden now,
if you like. Here is already some lilac in blossom. Your
trees are very fine. How forward all the trees are ! Will
you have a rose ? — Sir, the men have done sawing the
wood. Give each of them a glass of wine. I am going to
pay them; will you excuse me one minute? Have you
your gun ? Lend it to me then, that I may amuse myself
with shooting. Mind; it is loaded. Stop, there is a spar-
row yonder, j^erehed on an apple-tree. Ah ! he has flown
away. Shoot at that swallow just passing by. — Here are
fifty cents. Have you work enough now ? We have much
difficulty in getting our living. — I must ask your permission
to go; I have many places to go to. — Gentlemen, I have
just read in the newspaper, " House for sale in Tremont
Street : apply at your office ; " would you be so kind as to
tell me of what this house consists ? Yes, Sir, pray be seated.
It is a house newly built, composed of three separate build-
ings with five stories, one of which opens on the street,
and the two others on the yard ; on each floor there are a
dining-room, a drawing-room, two bed-rooms, a kitchen,
and a closet. Is it built of stone ? Yes, the front at least
is of granite. And at what price do they wish to sell
it ? They ask sixty thousand dollars. That seems to me
very dear. Oh no, the rents bring in five thousand dollars
a year. If you will give me the number, I will go and
look at it with mj architect.

LXXII.

You speak English, I think, Miss ? Very little. Sir. It
is from modesty, doubtless, that you say "a little;" I
am persuaded that you speak it very well. Oh, no ! I



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assure you ; I have not been studying it long enough.
How long is it then ? Three months only. That is indeed
a very short time ; for English especially. Do you find
it very difficult ? Yes, on account of the pronunciation.
French is easier to pronounce; but the gender of the
nouns, and the different terminations of the adjectives and
verbs, offer some difficulties which do not exist in the English
language, the syntax of which is besides more simple.

A little self-love is necessary; but we must not have
any pride, for it is a fault which makes us at once ridicu-
lous and disagreeable. — Take a chair and sit down. Don't
mind me, I pray. Come near the fire. Theresa, will you
stir the fire a little ? Not for me. That wood turns black ;
one would say that it was wet. It is a sign of snow.
What a smoke you make ! Leave the door open for a
little while. Though he be a learned man^ there are a
great many things of which he has no idea. — - He did not
expect to find us there ; he was quite abashed. — You have
made many alterations in your house. Have you not seen
them yet ? No. This room here was your dining-room, I
think ? Yes ; and as it was rather tmall when we had
company, I made it my study. It is very handsome ; I
mast compliment you on it. How do you like my book-
case ? Very prettily made ; is it mahogany ? Yes. You
have some very fine pictures. I want a clock now, and
some vases to put on my manlel-piece. You will find
some cheap in Washington Street. I must show you my
drawing-room now. There was a little passage here that
I gave up ; and I had the partition pulled down which
divided the two front rooms, in order to make but one of
them. It makes a beautiful drawing-room. The chimney-
piece is very pretty. It is Italian marble. Do not touch
the walls, the paint is not dry yet. If you wish to see the
upper floors, we will go up. — I long to be able to take my
flowers out, but it is still too cold : there was some ice on

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the lake this morning. What ! two o'clock by your sun-
dial ? That must be the time. There will be an eclipse
of the sun in the month of June. Visible ut Boston ?
So they say.

LXXIII.

There is the clock striking seven ; come, Pauline ! you
must get up. Already ? I am still sleepy. Don't you re-
member that you promised your grandmamma to be at her
house by nine o'clock ? You must say your prayers : say
them aloud, that I may hear them. " Our Father which art
in heaven, hallowed be thy name ; thy kingdom come, thy
will be done on earth as it is in heaven ; give us this day
our daily bread ; forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
those who trespass against us ; and lead us not into temp-
tation, but deliver us from evil ; for thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Will that do, mamma ? — Is aunt in ? There is a lady
with her. — What ! are you going so soon ? you are in a
great hurry. You come to see us so seldom, you should
do us the favor to stay a little longer when you do come.
You know that I cannot go out much with my two little
girls and my little boy. You must bring them with you.
I am much obliged to you for your kindness, but you do not
think of the noise that three little creatures like these make.
Oh ! that does not matter ; I like children. I wish you
good morning. Good-by, Madam. Do not come any
further, I pray you, it is so cold. You are jesting ; I shall
have the pleasure of accomjoanying you to the stairs.
You are ceremonious, you should not. Not at all. Good
morning ; I hope to see you again. Madam ; my kind re-
gards to your sister, if you please.

Edmund, will you come and help me put my garden
in order ? It is so hot in the sun. Go and get your cap.
Have you a knife in your pocket? I have my little



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knife from the fair. Lend it to me, if you please, that I
may clip the branches of this jasmine. Here are some
roots that you ought to cut off. I have not the pickaxe,
ril go and get it for you. Bring the spade and rake
at the same time. Here is the spade, but I could not
find the rake. Is it not in the green-house? No; the
gardener must have used it this morning Stop, there it
is yonder with the watering-pot in the wheelbarrow.
Where? In the broad walk near the arbor. Don't you
see it ? it is right before your eyes. Ah ! I see it. Rake
this walk, and I will dig the borders. Will you go and
fetch some water now, to water the rose-trees and these
poor pinks that are nearly dead ? The wind has blown
down the flower-pots that I had put on the top of the
flower-stand. Pick up the myrtle ; it has a branch broken.
The caterpillars and the snails spoil every thing ; look at
the leaves of the fig-tree. How disagreeable ! I have a
good mind to dig it out, and to plant a vine instead, that
I will train against the wall. What do you think of it ?

LXXIV.

Madam, I have the honor to wish you good morning ;
how do you do? You are very kind. Sir; I am quite
well ; and how do you do? Very well, I thank you. And
Mr. D. ? I believe he is well. Be so kind as to sit down.
What ! is he absent ? He is now travelling on business

but you would be more comfortable in that arm-chair.

I do very well in this chair, I am obliged to you. Come
near the fire; it is cold this morning. Yes, but we don't
feel the cold at all here. I forgot that young people are
never cold. How is Miss Caroline, Madam? She was
poorly last week, and she is gone to-day for an airing into
the country. She could not have chosen a finer day. It
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your turn tell me how your family are: how is your fa-
ther ? I am not satisfied with his health ; the least
thing fatigues him now. He is not old, however. No,
he is only sixty-one ; but the death of Mr. Read caused
him much sorrow. It is difiicult not to be affected
by the death of a friend from childhood. That is true.
Where is Mrs. Read now? She is still at her estate in
Vermont. — The country looks very finely now; all the
fruit-trees are in blossom. — What's the matter? you limp !
I have a corn which prevents me from walking. That is
very troublesome. Yes, but it only gives me pain in rainy
weather. — I have lost my pocket-book. Was there any
thing in it ? Yes. You have perhaps left it in the pocket
of your other coat.

Where are my clothes? have you not brushed them
yet ? I have only to brush your greatcoat and waistcoat
now. Will you give me my stockings? They have holes
in them. Put them with the dirty linen then. You have
several pairs which want mending. Already! it is not
long since I bought them. They nearly all have holes in
the heel. You do not want me now ? No, you may take
my letter now to the post-ofiice, and go where I told you.
You have no other errands? Oh, yes! stop; take back
these books to the bookseller's, and ask him to give you
some others ; and then in passing you can step into the
bookbinder's, who keeps at the corner of School Street,
and you will ask him for the two volumes that I gave him
to be bound, about a week ago ; but, above all, do not for-
get to call at the tailor's, because I want my things. Tell
him that I am going to a wedding on Tuesday, and can-
not wait any longer. He is vexatious, never keeping his
word. Do you want me to take back your hat at the
same time ? Yes, you may take it ; it is in the bandbox.
You will tell the hatter to send me another, the crown of
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you will tell him. Has he sent back the one I gave to be
repaired ? No, Sir. You must ask him for it. — At what
time do you mean to go out to pay your visits ? I have
ordered the carriage at two o'clock. Some one rang; I
can't see who it is. Go and tell the servant not to let any
one in ; run quick, make haste.

LXXY.

Will you give me a hundred quills, with a stick of seal-
ing-wax? Have you any drawing-paper? How much
does all that come to ? — You are still at work ? what are
you doing now? I am making a purse for my brother.
Will you come with me as far as Winter Street ? Let us
cross here while no carriages are passing. Let us be quick.
I nearly fell down ; the pavement is so slippery !

My wife and children went into the country this morning ;
and, as I did not like to stay at home all alone, I have
come to dine with you. That is very amiable of you ; but
I regret that you did not send us word, because we shall
give you a poor dinner. I will take pot luck. If I had
known that you were coming, I would have ordered some-
thing else. You would have done wrong, one can make
a very good dinner with the soup and boiled beef; we
must act like friends, without ceremony ; it is better.

Ladies, when you are ready, we will start. This is the way
to the Exhibition. There are many valuable paintings here.
Are you a judge of pictures ? — There is great talent in
that picture. It is a copy from Raphael: it is a fine
painting: the passions are well marked. How do you
like the fore-ground of this picture? It is copied from
Titian. It is not in a good light. This one is from nature :
it throws all the others into the shade : it is in oil, I think.
No, it is only in water colors. It is in fine preservation.


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