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that he hoped he would not be displeased at his not comur par
ing sooner, the roads having been so bad that he could not till then
carry his corn to market. 6. Mr. Denham told him he was not displeased at his
not coming sooner because he knew him to be an honest PAUL man, who had no occasion to be put in mind of his
debts. The farmer then put down the money, and drew out of his great coat pocket a jar of candied fruits.
7. I have brought something here, said he, for the young trat folks. Would you be so kind, Mr. Denham, as to let them
come out one of these days, and take a mouthful of the elic country air with us? I would try, as well as I could, to en
tertain and amuse them. I have two good stout nags, and would come for them myself, and take them down in my four wheeled chaise, which will carry them very safely I
8. Mr. Denham said, that he would certainly take an opportunity to pay him a visit, and invited him to stay to dinner; but the farmer excused himself, saying, he had a good deal of business to do in town, and wished to get home before night. Mr. Denham filled his pockets with cakes for his children, thanked him for the present he had made his
and then took leave of him. 9. No sooner was the farmer gone, than Almarinda, in the presence of her brothers, acquainted her papa with the wery rude reception they had given to the fariner. Mr. Denham was exceedingly displcased at their conduct, and much applauded Almarinda for her different behaviour.
10. Mr. Denham being seated at breakfast with his children, opened the farmer's jar of fruit, and he and his daughter ate some of it, which they thought very nice; but Robert and Arthur were not invited to a single taste. Their longing eyes were fixed upon it; but their father, instead of taking any notice of them, continued conversing with Almarinda, whom he advised never to despise a person merely for the plainness of his dress; “for, said he, were we to behave politely to those only who are finely clothed, we should
appear to direct our attention more to the dress than to the wearer.
11. "The most worthy people are frequently found under the plainest dress, and of this we have an example in Mr. Harris. It is this man who helps to clothe you, and also to procure you a proper education; for the money which
he and my other tenants bring me, enables me to do these things.”
12. Breakfast being finished, the remainder of the fruit was ordered to be locked up; but Robert and his brother, whose longing eyes followed the jar, clearly saw they were to have none of it. In this they were confirmed by their father, who told them not to expect to taste any of those fruits, either on that or any future day.
13. Robert endeavoured to excuse himself, by saying that it was not his fault if the farmer did not smell well; and he thought there was no harm in telling him of it. If people will go among manure, they must expect to smell of it. “And yet, said Mr. Denham, if this man were not to manure his land, his crops would fail him, he would be unable to pay me his rent, and you yourself would perhaps be obliged to follow a dung-cart. The two boys saw displeasure in their papa's countenance, and therefore did not presume to say any thing more.
14. Early on a morning shortly after, the good farmer came to Mr. Denham's door, and sent up his compliments
, fute kindly inviting him to make a little excursion to his farm. Mr. Venham could not resist his friendly invitation, as a refusal might perhaps have made the farmer uneasy.
15. Robert and Arthur begged very hard to go along with them, promising to behave more civilly in future, and Almarinda begging for them likewise, Mr. Denham at last the consented. They then mounted the four-wheeled chaise with joyful countenances, and as the farmer had a pair of good horses, they were there in a short time.
16. On their arrival, Mrs. Harris, the farmer's wife, came to the door to receive them, helped the young people out of the chaise, and kissed them. All their little family, dressed in their best clothes, came out to compliment their visiters. Mr. Denham would have stopped a moment to talk with the little ones, and caress them: but Mrs. Harris pressed him to go in, lest the coffee should grow cold, it being already poured out; it was placed on a table, covered with a napkin as white as snow.
17. Indeed the coffeepot was not silver, nor the cups china, yet every thing was in the neatest order. Robert and Arthur, however, looked slily at each other, and would have burst out into a laugh, had not their father been pre; 2R sent. Mrs. Harris, who was a sensible woman, guessed. by their looks what they thought, and therefore made an
do to apology for the humble style in which her table was set
out, which she owned could not be equal to what they met the fr. with at their own home; but hoped they would not be disa broto satisfied with her homely fare. The cakes she produced hey we were excellent, for she spared no pains in making them.
18. As soon as breakfast was over, the farmer asked of th : Mr. Denham to look at his orchard and grounds, and Mrs.
Harris took all the pains she could to make the walk pleasy saya ing to the children. She showed them all her flocks which ell me covered the fields, and gave them the prettiest lambs to of its play with. She then conducted them to the pigeon-house, smell where every thing was neat and wholesome. There were
some so young that they were unable to fly; some of the d bee mothers sitting on their eggs, and others, employed in feedperkat ing their young. From the pigeon-house, they proceeded sawd to the bee-hive; but Mrs. Harris took care that they should dide not go too near it, for fear of being stung:
19. Most of these sights being new to the children, they farz: seemed highly pleased with them, and were even going to limen take a second survey of them, when the farmer's youngest is fari son came to inform them that dinner was ready. They on, a ate off pewter plates, and drank out of delf ware; but Ró
bert and Arthur, finding themselves so well pleased with alch their morning walk, dared not indulge themselves in illre, natured observations. Mrs. Harris, indeed, had spared atles neither pains nor attention to prepare every thing in the chais best manner she was able.
20. Mr. Denham, now thinking it time to return home, desired the farmer to order the carriage. Mr. Harris with strongly pressed Mr. Denham to stay all night, but the peop farmer was at last obliged to submit to his excuses.
21. On his return home, he asked his son Robert how thi he had liked his entertainment, and what he should have: nt ty thought of the farmer, if he had taken no pains to enter(artil tain them. He replied that he liked his entertainment; Id,' but had he not taken pains to accommodate them, he should ere have thought him an unmannerly clown. “Ah Robert !
Robert! said Mr. Denham, this honest man came to your
house, and, instead of offering him any refreshment, you ber : made game of him. Which then, is the better bred, you or the farmer?”
22. Robert blushed, and seemed at a loss what answer sed to make; but at length replied that it was his duty to re2 ceive them well, as he got his living off their lands. “That
is true, answered Mr. Denham, but it may be easily seer who draws the greater profit from my lands, the farmer or I. He indeed feeds his horses with hay which he gets off my meadows, but his horses in return plough the fields, which otherwise would be overrun with weeds. He also feeds his cows and sheep with the hay; but their manure is useful in giving fertility to the ground.
23. His wife and children are fed with the harvest corn; but they in return spend some of their time in weeding the crops; and afterwards, some in reaping them and some in threshing
All these labours end in my advantage. The rest of the hay and corn he takes to market to sell, and with the produce thereof he pays his rent; from this it is evident, who derives the greatest profit from my lands.”
24. Here a long pause ensued; but at last, Robert confessed that he saw his error. " Remember then all your life, said Mr. Denham, what has now been offered to your eyes and ears.
This farmer so homely dressed, whose manners you have considered as so rustic, is better bred than you; and, though he knows nothing of Latin, he knows much more than you, and things of much greater use; you see, therefore, how unjust it is to despise any one for the plainness of his dress, and the rusticity of his manYou may understand a little Latin, but you
6. not how to plough, sow grain, or reap the harvest, nor even to prune a tree. Sit down with being convinced that you have despised your superior."
SECTION XV. Calumny and Scandal great enemies to Society. 1. Though Maria was of a tolerably good temper, yet she had contracted a most mischievous vice--that was calumny. Whenever she fancied she saw any thing amiss in others, though they were her most intimate friends, she it seemed to take pleasure in publishing it to the world.
2. The inexperience of her age frequently led her to ascribe indifferent actions to improper motives, and a single word, was sufficient to raise suspicions in her breast, with of which, as soon as she had formed them, she would run into company, and there publish them as facts.
3. As she was never at a loss for embellishments from her own fancy in order to make her tales appear more
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ily se plausible, it may easily be supposed what mischief such Imere conduct was capable of producing.
4. In a little time, all the families in her neighbourhood were at variance, the seeds of discord soon after sprung up among individuals ; and mutual confidence seemed to be lost in every place where Maria visited.
5. Matters at last were carried so far that every one to shut their doors against her, as they would have done dingas
against any one tainted with the plague; but neither hatred nor humiliation could reform a vice, which custom and
prejudice had so deeply rivetted in her heart. ell , a
6. This work of reformation was reserved for Angelica, her cousin, who was the only one left that would keep her company, and who lived in hopes that she should in the end be able to convince her of her ruinous conduct.
7. Maria went one day to see her cousin, and entertained to her as usual with a long recital of scandal against their
common friends, though she well knew that such tales were disagreeable to Angelica. “And now my dear, said Maria, having stopped for want of breath, your turn is come to tell me something. You see such a variety of company, that you surely must be acquainted with a number of anecdotes."
8. “My dear Maria, answered Angelica, whenever I visit my friends, it is for the sake of enjoying their com
pany; and I am too sensible of my own interest to forfeit Ctheir esteem by exposing their defects. Indeed, I am sen
sible of so many errors in myself, and find it so difficult to correct them, that I have no leisure to contemplate the imperfections of others.
9. “Having every reason to wish for their candour and 21,5
" indulgence, I readily grant them mine; and my attention ut my is constantly turned to discover what is commendable in
them, in order that I may make such perfections my own. Before we presume to censure others, we ought to be certain that we have no faults ourselves.
10. Maria well knew how much she was the public object of aversion and disgust, and therefore could not help feeling the reproof of Angelica. From that day, she began very seriously to reflect on the danger of her indiscretion, and, trembling at the recollection of those mischiefs she had caused, determined to prevent their progress.
11. She found it difficult to throw off the custom she and long indulged of viewing things on the worst side. At