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5. "I wish I could have had my new bonnet now ;' said the little girl, as she and her mother proceeded home. 'I should have been so happy to have it on, instead of this ugly old thing.'
6. “What! would a bonnet have had power to make you happy, Mary ? asked her mother.
7. Yes, mamma! Do you not think it is quite enough to make anybody happy? I am sure there is a great deal more pleasure in wearing a new bonnet, than in eating sweet cakes, or any other good things, because, you know, the cakes are soon gone, and all the pleasure is over. But a new bonnet is pretty for a long time ; and there is pleasure every time it is put on. Do you not think so, mamma ?' and, as she spoke, she looked up to her mother's face, with an expression that seemed to say she was sure her mamma must think she had used an excellent argument.
8. “You are very right, Mary ; the pleasure of being neat and clean in our dress, is certainly greater than that of eating good things. But that is not saying very much, after all ; for there is no very great pleasure to be derived from either of them.'
9. Oh, mamma! I think there is a great deal, both in eating cakes and wearing new clothes. I think it is delightful to do either of them. It is the most delightful thing in the world.'
10. "To do what, Mary? 11. “To eat good things, or to wear new clothes.'
12. "But they cannot both be the most delightful One of theni must be more delightful than the other.'
13. “Well, I said so before, 'mamma. You know I said that it was better to have new clothes, than to eat
good things; because the pleasure lasted longer. But when I am a woman, I will always have good things by me, to eat whenever I like, and new clothes to put on, whenever I wish for them; and then I shall always be happy:'
14. "I hope long before that time, you will have found out things that will make you happy for a much longer time, than either of these will do.'
15. What are those things, mamma ?
16. "I do not know that I could make you understand what they are, at present, my dear ; but I hope it will not be very long before you find them out.'
17. They were now at home, and Mary's mamma was much delighted to find that a friend had arrived from the country, during her absence, who had come to pay her a visit ; and had brought a little girl with her, who was about Mary's age. The two little girls, though they had never seen each other before, were soon acquainted.
ERRORS. 1. bunnet for bonnet; slection for selection. 5. instid for instead. 7. gorn for gone ; exslent for excellent. 11. cloze for clothes. 12. mose delightful for most delightful. 16. understan for understand.
QUESTIONS. What is the rule for Reading Questions ? — for Reading Answers? 2. Does your voice rise or fall at mamma ? 3. Does it rise, or fall at dear and tonight? 6. Does it rise, or fall at Mary ? 10. Does it rise, or fall at Mary ? 11. Does it rise, or fall at clothes ? 15. Does it rise, or fall at mamma ?
RULE. Avoid giving the short sound to the letter u in words that end in ure. Many persons pronounce pleasure, measure, creature, censure, as if they were written pleasur, measur, creatur, censur ; but this is a great error.
THE NEW BONNET — concluded.
1. ANNA, for so the little stranger was called, was very much amused with the many new things that she saw in the city ; for she had never before been in so large a town. Very early in the evening, however, she had tired herself so much with looking at new objects, and walking about, that she begged to go to bed, almost the moment supper was over; and Mary's mamma proposed that she should go also ; but Mary begged very hard to be permitted to sit up, till her new bonnet came home, which she wished very much to see, after it was finished : and as it was much earlier than her usual hour of going to bed, her mother consented.
2. The bonnet was so long in arriving, that Mary almost began to think it was not coming at all, that night ; and her eyelids became so stiff, that she was afraid if it did come, she should not be able to see it. But at length a ring was heard at the door-bell, and
immediately after, a bandbox was handed into the room, containing the much wished-for bonnet.
3. It was taken out, - viewed with great satisfaction, and pronounced by all, to be exceedingly pretty. Mary was now satisfied that she should have it to wear the next morning to church, - and went to bed, anticipating the pleasure that awaited her. In the morning, when they all assembled in the breakfast room, Mary's mamma observed that little Anna's eyes were red and swollen, as if she had been crying very much ; and, afraid lest something serious had happened, she inquired anxiously what was the matter.
4. “I am almost ashamed to tell,' answered Anna's mother ; 'for I am afraid you will think her a very naughty little girl, when you hear that she has been crying because she cannot go to church with us this morning.'
5. But why can she not go ? asked Mary's mother.
6. “Because,' replied her friend, ' we had the misfortune to lose her hat, while in the steamboat yesterday. It happened to be untied, and it was blown off, and carried down the stream before it could be caught hold of. I am sorry she cannot go ; but she must learn to bear disappointments better.'
7. Anna's eyes again filled with tears ; and, as Mary looked at her, she felt very sorry for her ; and going to her mamma, she whispered softly into her ear and said, · Mamma, do you not think my new bonnet would fit her?'
8. "Yes, my dear; I have no doubt it would.' 9. “Then may she not wear it, mamma ?' 10. Certainly, my love, if you choose to lend it to her.'
11. Mary ran out of the room immediately ; and returning in a very few minutes, she said, holding out her new bonnet as she spoke; — Look, Anna, here is a bonnet, that you can wear ; I can spare it very well, for I have two. So you see you can go to church, after all."
12. '[ hardly know whether Anna deserves to be indulged so far,' said her mother, after behaving so ill.'
13. But Mary and her mamma both begged for her; and her mother at last consented. The little girls were soon dressed; Anna with the new bonnet, and Mary with the old one, and they set out, both very happy.
14. As they went along the street, Mary's mother heard two rude girls, that passed them say, “Look, what a shahby hat one of those little girls has on ; and what an elegant one the other has. I guess that one next the wall must feel pretty much ashamed of that hat of hers. I know I would not go out with such a one.'
15. Mary's mother watched her little daughter's countenance, to see how she looked when these remarks were made; but though she saw that Mary heard them, she saw also that she did not care for them; she went on speaking to Anna about the Arcade, which they were just passing, and telling her what a treat she would have in going to see the beautiful Museum, that was in it ; which her mamma said was a place that would do honor to any city in the world.
16. When they returned home, Mary's mamma called her little girl to her, the first time they were alone, and said — Mary, did you hear what those girls said when they passed you this inorning ?'