Abbildungen der Seite
[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]

ittie tutor to convince him of his error, pulled a few hairs

from his head, when he roared out loudly, that he hurt him.

12. “What would your pain be then, said the tutor, jud.

were I thus to pluck all the hair off your head? You are

sensible of the pain you now feel, but you was insensible feel

. of the torment to which you put those innocent creatures fur that never offended you. But that you, ladies, should on join in such an act of cruelty, very much surprises me

!13. The ladies stood motionless, and then, withoạt be

ing able to say a word, sat down with their eyes swiminst ming in tears; which their tutor observing, he said no erry

more to them. But Billy still persisted in his 'opinion hu that he did the birds no harm; on the contrary, he said, uch. they showed their pleasure by clapping their wings and bad chirping:

14. “ They clapped their wings, said the tutor, from the at a pain you put them to; and what you call singing, were

cries and lamentations. Could those birds have exould pressed themselves in your speech, you would have heard them

cry: “Ah, father and mother, save us, for we have ap' fallen into the hands of cruel children, who have rob

bed us of all our feathers! We are cold and in pain. Come in; warm us and cure us, or we shall soon die !"

15. The little ladies could no longer refrain from tears, ng and accused Billy of leading them into this act of cruelty.

Billy was himself become sensible of his faults, and had already felt the smart of having a few hairs plucked

from his head; but the reproaches of his own heart, were e now visible on his countenance.

16. It appeared to the tutor, that there was no need of - carrying the punishment any further; for the error Billy

had committed did not arise from a natural love of cruelty, but merely from want of thought and reflection. From this moment Billy, instead of punishing and tormenting dumb creatures, always felt for their distresses, and did what he could to relieve them. BERQUIN.

[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

SECTION IV. Caroline, or a Lesson to cure Vanity. 1. A PLAIN white frock had hitherto been the only dress of Caroline., Her auburn hair, which had never felt the torturing iron, flowed upon her shoulders in

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]

graceful ringlets, now and then disturbed by the gentle winds. 2. Being one day in company with some little girls

, who, though no older than herself, were dressed in all the empty parade of fashion, the glare and glitter of those fine clothes raised in her heart a desire she had never before felt.

3. As soon as she got home, “My deaf mamma, said she, I have this afternoon seen Miss Flippant and her two sisters, whom you very well know. The eldest is not older than myself, and yet they were all dressed in the most elegant manner. Their parents must certainly have great pleasure in seeing them so finely dressed; and, as they are not richer than you, do, my dear mamma, let me have a fine silk slip, embroidered shoes like theirs, and let my

hair be dressed by Mr. Frizzle, who is said to be a very capital man in his profession."

4. Her mother replied, that she should have no objection to gratify her wishes, provided it would happiness; but she was rather fearful it might have a contrary effect. As Caroline could not give in to this mode of thinking, she requested her mamma to explain her

here reasons for what she had said.

5. “Because, said her mother, you will be in continual fear of spotting your silk slip, and even rumpling it when

with ever you wear it. A dress like that of Miss Flippant will require the utmost care and attention to preserve

it from accidents; for a single spot will spoil its beauty, and you very well know there is no washing of silks. However extensive my fortune may be, I assure you,

it is not sufficient to purchase you silk gowns as often as you would wish to have them.”

6. Caroline considered these arguments as very trifling, and promised to give her mamma no uneasiness as to her carelessness in wearing her fine clothes. Though her mamma consented to let her be dressed in the manner she requested, yet she desired her to remember the hints she had given her of the vexations to which her vanity would

expose her. 7. Caroline, on whom this good advice had no effect, lost not a moment in destroying all the pleasure and enjoyment of her infancy. Her hair, which before hungu down in careless ringlets, was now twisted up and squeezed between a pair of burning tongs; that fine

[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]

in paper,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

jet, which had hitherto so happily set off the whiteness of her forehead, was lost under a clod of powder and pomatum.

8. In a few days the mantua-maker arrived with a fine slip of pea green taffata, with fine pink trimmings, and a pair of shoes, elegantly worked to answer the slip. The sight of them gave infinite pleasure to Caroline ; but it was easily to be perceived, when she had them on, that her limbs were under great restraint, and her motions had lost their accustomed ease and freedom. That innocence and candour, which used to adorn her lovely countenance, began to be lost amidst the profusion of flowers, silks, gauzes and ribands.

9. The novelty however, of her appearance, quite enchanted her. Her eyes, with uncommon eagerness, wan

dered over every part of her dress, and were seldom rebea

moved, unless to take a general survey of the whole in a pier-glass. She prevailed on her mamma, to let her send cards of invitation to all her acquaintances, in order to enjoy the inexpressible pleasure of being gazed at. As soon as they were met, she would walk backward and forward before them, like a peacock, and seemed to consider herself as the empress of the world, and them as her vassals,

10. All this triumph and consequence, however, met with many mortifying circumstances. The children who lived near her, were one day permitted to ramble about the fields, when Caroline accompanied them and led the way. What first attracted their attention, was a beautiful meadow, enamelled with a variety of charming flowers; and butterflies, whose wings were of various colours, hovered over its surface.

11. The little ladies amused themselves with hunting these butterflies, which they carefully caught without heil hurting them; and, as soon as they had examined their his beauties let them by again. Of the flowers that sprung

beneath their feet, they made nosegays, formed in the pret

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

inuz? her pasy

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

tiest taste.

[ocr errors]

12. Though pride would not at first permit Caroline to partake of these mean amusements, yet she at last wanted to share in the diversion ; but they told her, that the ground might be damp, which would infallibly stain her shoes, and hurt her silk slip. They had discovered her intention in thus bringing them together, which was only

[ocr errors]



[ocr errors]


to show her fine clothes, and they were, therefore, resolved to mortify her vanity.

13. Caroline was of course under the necessity of being solitary and inactive, while her companions sported on the fi grass without fear of incommoding themselves. The pleasure she had lately taken in viewing her fine slip and shoes was, at this moment, but a poor compensation for the mirth and merriment she thereby lost.

Sh 14. On one side of the meadow grew a fine grove


dre trees, which resounded with the various notes of innume her rable birds, and which seemed to invite every one that her passed that way to retire thither, and partake of the indulgences of the shade.

15. The little maidens entered this grove, jumping and sporting, without fearing any injury to their clothes: Ca- at roline would have followed them, but they advised her not, telling her, that the bushes would certainly tear her fine trimmings. She plainly saw that her friends who were joyously sporting among the trees, were making them- eith selves merry at her expense, and therefore grew peevishin and ill-humoured.

16. The youngest of the visiters, however, had some sort of compassion on her. She had just discovered a corner e m where a quantity of fine wild strawberries grew, when she the called to Miss Caroline, and invited her to eat part of Kalo them. This she readily attempted; but no sooner had she entered the grove, than she was obliged to call out for Men help. Hereupon the children all gathered to the spot, and when found poor Caroline fastened by the gauze of her hat to a branch of white-thorn, from which she could not disengagem, herself.

17. They immediately took out the pins that fastened her hat; but to add to her misfortune, as her hair, which 22 had been frizzled with so much labour, was also entangled gli with the branch of white-thorn, it cost her almost a whole lock before she could be set at liberty. Thus, in an instant, was all the boasted superstructure of her head dress put into a state of confusion.

18. After what had passed, it cannot be difficult to suppose in what manner her playmates viewed this accident. kme İnstead of consolation, of which Caroline stood in much bad need, they could not refrain laughing at the odd figure she is made, and did actually torment her with an hundred witty on jokes. After having put her a little into order, they quit


[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

i their

23. E

[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]


ted her in search of new amusements, and were soon seen on the top of a neighbouring hill.

19. Caroline found it very difficult to reach this hill; for her fine shoes, that were made very tight, in order to

set off her feet the better, greatly retarded her speed. Nor Lnd was this the only inconvenience; for her corsets and stays

were drawn so close that she could not properly breathe.

She would very willingly have gone home to change her of dress, in order to be more at ease ; but she well knew that

her friends would not give up their amusements to please bu her caprice. Eul. 20. Her playmates having reached the summit of the

hill, enjoyed the beautiful prospect that surrounded them on all sides. On one hand were seen verdant meadows;

on the other the riches of the harvest, with meandering mot streams which intersected the fields, and country seats and fine cottages scattered here and there. So grand a prospect ser could not fail of delighting them, and they danced about el- with joy; while poor Caroline found herself obliged to rerisk main below, overwhelmed with sorrow, not being able to

get up the hill,

21. In such a situation she had leisure enough to make the most serious reflections. " To what purpose

said she she to herself, am I dressed in these fine clothes? Of what a

deal of pleasure do they debar me, and do not all my preshe sent sufferings arise merely from the possession of them ?” fc She was giving up her mind to these distressing thoughts, and when she suddenly saw her friends come running down

the hill, and all crying out together as they passed her, run, run, Caroline! there is a terrible storin behind the

hill, and it is coming towards us! If you do not make med haste, your fine silk slip wll be nicely soused!"

22. The fear of having her slip spoiled recalled her led strength ; she forgot her weariness, pinched feet, and tight

laced waist, and made all the haste she could to get under ina

shelter. In spite of all her efforts, however, she could not fun as fast as her companions, who were not incommoded by their dresses.

23. Every moment produced some obstacle to her speed; at one time, by her hoop and flounces in the narrow paths she had to pass through; at another, by her train, of which the furzes frequently took hold ; and at others, by Mons. Pomatum and Powder's fine scaffold work about her head,



[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]
« ZurückWeiter »