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A Tale for Young People.
BY MRS. HOFLAND.
THE CLERGYMAN'S WIDOW; THE SISTERS; BLIND FARMER;
AFFECTIONATE BROTHERS; ELLEN THE TEACHER;
GOOD GRANDMOTHER; MERCHANT'S WIDOW;
ETC., ETC., ETC.
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makes bitter work for repentance, and produces a
feeble old age. BACON.
a ship, so it is with turbulent
in the mind; whereas
such as are favourable awaken
the understanding, keep
the will, and make the whole man more vigorous. ADDISON.
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_A NEW EDITION, REVISED._
CHASE AND NICHOLS,
43 WASHINGTON STREET.
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THE BARBADOES GIRL.
As Mr. Harewood was one evening sitting with his wife and children, he told
them that he expected soon to receive among them the daughter of a friend,
who had lately
died in the West Indies.
Mr. Harewood's family consisted of his wife, two sons, and a daughter: the
eldest, named Edmund, was about twelve years of age; Charles, the second,
was scarcely ten; and Ellen, the daughter, had just passed her eighth
birthday: they were all sensible, affectionate
children, but a little
different in disposition, the eldest
being grave and studious, the second
lively and active, and as he was nearer to Ellen's age, she was often
inclined to romp with him, when she should have minded
her book; but she
was so fond of her mamma, and was educated with such a proper sense of the
duty and obedience
she owed her, that a word or a look never failed to
restrain the exuberance of her spirits.
Children are alike naturally curious and fond of society; the moment,
therefore, Mr. Harewood mentioned their expected guest, every one had
some question to ask respecting
her; but as Ellen's was uttered with most
mildness and modesty, she was first answered; and her brother Charles,
taking this hint, listened quietly to the following conversation, not
joining in it, till he felt that he had a right to do so, from having
practised a forbearance
that cost him some effort.
_Ellen._--Pray, papa, what is this little girl's name, and how old is she?
_Father._--She is called Matilda Sophia Hanson: her father was a man of
good fortune, and she is an only child; I believe, however, his affairs are
in an unsettled state, as her mother is under the necessity of remaining
some time in the country, in order to settle them. It is at her earnest
request that I have been prevailed upon to accept the charge
daughter. I believe she is about a year younger than you; but as the growth
of people in warm countries is more rapid than in this, I expect to see her
quite as tall and forward as you, Ellen.
_Ellen._--But, dear papa, how will she get here from a place on the other
side of the globe? I mean, who will bring her? for I know, of course, that
she must come in a ship.
_Father._--She will be attended by a negro servant, who has always waited
upon her; and who will return after she is safely
landed, I suppose.
_Ellen._--Poor thing! how she will cry when she leaves her own dear mamma,
when she is to cross the wide sea! and then again, when she parts with her
good nurse; I dare say she will kiss her very fondly, though she is a
_Charles._--Oh, she will forget her sorrow when she sees so many things
that are quite new to her. I'm afraid she'll think Ellen, and us boys, very
creatures, compared to her, who has seen so much of the
world: upon my word, we must be all upon our good behaviour.
_Father._--I hope you will behave
well, not merely from conscious
inferiority, but because you would be both impolite and unkind, if you
omitted any thing in your power that could render a stranger happy, who is
so entirely thrown upon our protection--one, too, who has lost a fond
father, and is parted from a tender mother.
_Edmund._--But, papa, as Miss Hanson is coming to England for education,
and is yet very young, surely Charles must be wrong in supposing that she
is wiser, or, I ought to say, better informed, than we are, since it is
that she should have had the benefit of such
instructions as we have enjoyed.
_Father._--True, my dear; but yet she will, of course, be acquainted with
many things to which you are necessarily
entire strangers, although I must
remark that Charles's expression, "she has seen much of the world," is not
proper; for it is only applied
to people who have mixed much with
society--not to those whose travels have shown them only land and water.
However, coming from a distant country, a society very different from ours,
and people to whom you are strangers, she cannot fail to possess many ideas
and much knowledge which are unknown to you; I therefore
hope her residence
with us for a time will prove mutually advantageous; but if the advantage
should prove to be on your side, I trust you will never abuse it by
laughing, or in any way insulting and teazing your visitant; such conduct
would ensure most serious displeasure.
_Mother._--It would prove them not only very ignorant, and deficient in the
education which even savages give their children, but prove that they were
devoid of that spirit of courtesy
which is recommended in the Scriptures,
and which every Christian child will nourish
in his heart and display in
his manners: the same holy apostle, who inculcated the highest doctrines of
his Divine Master, says also--"Be affable, be courteous, bearing
The children for a few moments looked very serious, and each appeared to be
inwardly making some kind of promise or resolution
to themselves respecting
the expected stranger: at length, Ellen, looking up, said to her mamma,
with great earnestness--"Indeed, mamma, I will love Miss Hanson as much as
if she were my sister, if she will permit me to do it."
"You had better say, Ellen, that you will be as kind to her as if she were
your sister; for until we know more of her, it is not possible for us to
promise so much; nor is it advisable
to give our hearts at first sight,
even to those who have yet stronger claims upon our good will and friendly
Mr. Harewood added his approbation of this sentiment, for he knew it was
one that could not be repeated
too often to young people, who are ever apt
to take up either partialities or prejudices too strongly, and whose
judgment has ever occasion for the attempering lessons of experience.
At length the long-wished-for day arrived, and the young foreigner
appearance in the family of Mr. Harewood. She was a fine, handsome-looking
girl, and though younger in fact, was taller and older-looking than Ellen,
but was not nearly so well shaped, as indolence, and the habit of being
carried about instead of walking, had occasioned her to stoop, and to move
as if her limbs were too weak to support her.
The kindness and politeness
with which she was received in the family of
Mr. Harewood, did not appear to affect
the Barbadoes girl in any other
way than to increase that self-importance which was evidently
characteristic; and even the mild, affectionate
Ellen, who had predisposed
her heart to love her very dearly, shrunk from the proud and haughty
expression which frequently animated
her features, and was surprised to
hear her name her mamma with as much indifference
as if she were a common
acquaintance; for Ellen did not know that the indulgence
of bad passions
hardens the heart, and renders it insensible
to those sweet and tender ties
which are felt by the good and amiable, and which constitute
In a very short time, it became apparent
and peevishness were
also the traits of this unfortunate
child, who had been indulged in the
free exercise of a railing
tongue, and even of a clawing hand, towards
the numerous negro dependants that swarmed in her father's mansion, over
whom she had exercised all the despotic sovereignty
of a queen, with the
capriciousness of a petted child, and thereby
obtained a habit of tyranny
over all whom she deemed her inferiors, as appeared from the style in which
she now conducted herself constantly
towards the menials of Mr. Harewood's
family, and not unfrequently towards the superiors.
For a few days Mr. Harewood bore with this conduct, and only opposed
it with gentleness
and persuasion; but as it became evident
gentleness emboldened the mistaken
child to proceed to greater rudeness, he
commenced a new style of treatment, and the English education of Matilda,
so far as concerned
that most important part of all education, the
management of the temper, in the following manner:
On the family being seated at the dinner-table, Miss Hanson called out, in
a loud and angry tone, "Give me some beer!"
Mr. Harewood had previously
instructed the servant who waited upon them how
to act, in case he was thus addressed; and in consequence
of his master's
commands, the man took no notice whatever
of this claim upon his attention.
"Give me some beer!" cried she again, in so fierce
a manner that the boys
started, and poor Ellen blushed very deeply, not only from the sense of
shame which she felt for the vulgarity of the young lady's manners, but
from a kind of terror, on hearing
such a shrill
and threatening voice.
The servant still took no notice of her words, though he did not do it with
an air of defiance, but rather as if it were not addressed to him.
The little angry child muttered, loud enough to be heard--"What a fool the
wretch is!" but as nobody answered what was in fact addressed to no one,
she was at length compelled to look for redress
to Mrs. Harewood, whom,
regarding with a mixture
of rage and scorn, she now addressed--"Pray,
ma'am, why don't _you_ tell the man to give me some beer? I suppose he'll
understand _you_, though he seems a fool, and deaf."
"My children are accustomed to say--'Please, Thomas, give me some beer;'
or, 'I'll thank you for a little beer;' and the loud rude manner in which
you spoke, probably astonished and confused him. As, however, I certainly
understand you, I will endeavour
you.--Pray, Thomas, be so kind
as to give Miss Hanson some beer," said Mrs. Harewood.
offered it; but the little girl cried out in a rage--"I
won't have it--no! that I won't, from that man: I'll have my own negro to
wait--that I will!--Must I say _please_ to a servant? must a nasty man in
be _kind_ to me?--no! no! no! Zebby, Zebby, I say, come here!"
The poor black woman, hearing
the loud tones of her young lady, to which
she had been pretty well used, instantly
ran into the room, before Mr.
Harewood had time to prevent it, and very humbly
cried out--"What does
Missy please wanty?"
"Some beer, you black beetle!"
"Is, Missy," said the poor woman, with a sigh, reaching the beer from
Thomas with a trembling hand, as if she expected the glass to be thrown
in her face.
Charles had with great difficulty refrained from laughter
on the outset of
this scene; but indignation
now suffused his countenance. The young vixen
was an acute observer, and, had she not been cruelly
neglected, might have
been a sensible
child. It instantly
struck her, that his features disputed
her right; and, determined not to endure
this from any one, she instantly
threw the beer in the face of poor Zebby, saying--"There's that for _you_,
It was not in the forbearance
of the children to repress
even Edmund exclaimed--"What a brute!"
started up, and hid her face in her mother's lap, while
Charles most good-naturedly offered his handkerchief
to the aggrieved
Zebby, kindly condoling with her on her misfortune.
Mr. Harewood now, for the first time, spoke.--"Zebby," said he, in a calm
but stern tone, "it is my strict
command, that so long as you reside
my roof, you never give that young lady any thing again, nor hold any
conversation with her: if you disobey
my commands, I shall be under the
necessity of discharging you."
The young lady checked herself, and for a moment looked alarmed; but
recovering, she said--"She is not _yours_, and you sha'n't discharge
she is my _own_ slave, and I will do what I please with her; poor papa
bought her for me, as soon as I was born, and I'll use her as I please."
"But you know your mamma told you, that as soon as she arrived in England
she would be _free_, and might either return or remain, as _she_ pleased.
Now it so happens that she is much pleased with my family, and having a
sincere regard for your mother, she this morning requested Mrs. Harewood
to engage her in any service she could undertake: convinced that she was
worthy our protection, we have done this, and therefore
all _your_ claims
upon her are over."
The little girl, bursting into a passionate
flood of tears, ran out of the
Poor Zebby, courtesying, said--"Sir, me hopes you will have much pity on
Missy--she was spoily all her life, by poor massa--her mamma good, very
good; and when Missy pinch Zebby, and pricky with pin, then good mississ
she be angry; but massa say only--'Poo! poo! she be child--naughty tricks
wear off in time.' He be warm man himself."
The poor negro's defence affected
the little circle, and Mr. Harewood
observing it, said--"You perceive, my dear children, that this child is
in fact far more an object of compassion
than blame, for she has been
permitted to indulge
every bad propensity of her nature, and their growth
has destroyed that which was good; of course, her life has been unhappy
itself, yet punishment
has not produced amendment. Poor thing! how many of
the sweetest pleasures of existence
are unknown to her! She is a stranger
to the satisfaction
of obliging others, and to the consciousness
overcoming herself, which, I trust, you all know to be an inestimable
blessing. I truly pity her; but I am compelled to treat her as if I blamed
her only; I am obliged to be harsh, in order that I may be useful, and give
pain to produce ease."
In about an hour, finding
that no one approached, and feeling the want of
the dinner her shameful
rudeness and petulance had interrupted, and which
she had but just begun, Matilda came down stairs, with the air of a person
who is struggling to hide, by effrontery, the chagrin
she is conscious
deserving: no person took any notice of her entrance, and all appearance
of the good meal she wanted was removed. There was a certain something in
the usually-smiling faces of the heads of the mansion
that acted as a
repellent to her, and she sat for some time silent; but at length she spoke
to Ellen, who, from her gentle meekness, was ever easy of access, and whom,
intending to mortify, she accosted thus--"Nelly, did you eat my chicken?"
Charles burst into a loud laugh, as Ellen, who had never heard herself thus
addressed, for a moment looked rather foolish; on which he answered for
her, with a somewhat provoking sauciness of countenance--"No, Matty, she
did not eat your chicken."
"My name is not Matty--it is Matilda Sophia, and you are a great booby for
calling me so; but Nelly, or Nell, is short for Ellen, and by one of those
names I shall call her, whenever
I choose, if it be only to vex _you_."
"Perhaps, too, you will choose to prick her, and pinch her, Miss Matilda
Sophia Hanson?" answered Charles, sneeringly, drawing
out her name as long
and as pompously as it was possible.
"Fie, Charles!" said Edmund; "I am sure you act as if you had forgotten all
that papa told us about Miss Hanson."
Charles, after a moment's thought, acknowledged that he was wrong, very,
international [,intə´næʃənəl] a.国际的，世界的 (初中英语单词)grandmother [´græn,mʌðə] n.(外)祖母 (初中英语单词)passion [´pæʃən] n.激情；激怒；恋爱 (初中英语单词)violent [´vaiələnt] a.强暴的；猛烈的 (初中英语单词)contrary [´kɔntrəri] a.相反的 n.相反 (初中英语单词)whereas [weər´æz] conj.鉴于；因此；而 (初中英语单词)awaken [ə´weikən] v.唤起，叫醒 (初中英语单词)lately [´leitli] ad.近来，不久前 (初中英语单词)sensible [´sensəbəl] a.感觉得到的 (初中英语单词)disposition [,dispə´ziʃən] n.安排；性情；倾向 (初中英语单词)charge [tʃɑ:dʒ] v.收费；冲锋 n.费用 (初中英语单词)safely [´seifli] ad.安全地；平安地 (初中英语单词)ignorant [´ignərənt] a.无知的，愚昧的 (初中英语单词)behave [bi´heiv] v.举止；表现；举止端正 (初中英语单词)therefore [´ðeəfɔ:] ad.&conj.因此；所以 (初中英语单词)divine [di´vain] a.神圣的 v.预言 (初中英语单词)resolution [,rezə´lu:ʃən] n.决心；坚决；果断 (初中英语单词)sentiment [´sentimənt] n.情绪；多愁善感 (初中英语单词)strongly [´strɔŋli] ad.强烈地；强有力地 (初中英语单词)foreigner [´fɔrinə] n.外国人 (初中英语单词)affect [ə´fekt] vt.影响；感动；假装 (初中英语单词)evidently [´evidəntli] ad.明显地 (初中英语单词)constitute [´kɔnstitju:t] vt.组成；构成；指定 (初中英语单词)apparent [ə´pærənt] a.显然的；表面上的 (初中英语单词)unfortunate [ʌn´fɔ:tʃunit] a.不幸的，运气差的 (初中英语单词)thereby [´ðeəbai] ad.因此，由此 (初中英语单词)constantly [´kɔnstəntli] ad.经常地；不断地 (初中英语单词)persuasion [pə´sweiʒən] n.说服(力)；劝说；见解 (初中英语单词)evident [´evidənt] a.明显的，明白的 (初中英语单词)treatment [´tri:tmənt] n.待遇；对待；治疗 (初中英语单词)temper [´tempə] n.韧度 v.锻炼；调和 (初中英语单词)consequence [´kɔnsikwəns] n.结果；后果；推断 (初中英语单词)whatever [wɔt´evə] pron.&a.无论什么 (初中英语单词)fierce [fiəs] a.残忍的；强烈的 (初中英语单词)terror [´terə] n.恐怖；惊骇 (初中英语单词)mixture [´mikstʃə] n.混合；混合比；混合物 (初中英语单词)endeavour [in´devə] n.&v.努力，试图，尽力 (初中英语单词)relieve [ri´li:v] v.救济，援救；减轻 (初中英语单词)instantly [´instəntli] ad.立即，立刻 (初中英语单词)laughter [´lɑ:ftə] n.笑，笑声 (初中英语单词)countenance [´kauntinəns] n.面部表情；脸色；面容 (初中英语单词)observer [əb´zə:və] n.遵守者；观察员 (初中英语单词)endure [in´djuə] vt.忍耐，忍受；坚持 (初中英语单词)handkerchief [´hæŋkətʃif] n.手帕，手绢 (初中英语单词)discharge [dis´tʃɑ:dʒ] vt.&n.卸货；释放；解雇 (初中英语单词)undertake [,ʌndə´teik] vt.从事；承担；担保 (初中英语单词)protection [prə´tekʃən] n.警戒；护照；通行证 (初中英语单词)circle [´sə:kəl] n.圆圈 v.环绕；盘旋 (初中英语单词)perceive [pə´si:v] vt.察觉；看出；领悟 (初中英语单词)unhappy [ʌn´hæpi] a.不幸的；不快乐的 (初中英语单词)punishment [´pʌniʃmənt] n.罚，刑罚 (初中英语单词)amendment [ə´mendmənt] n.改正，修订；修正案 (初中英语单词)existence [ig´zistəns] n.存在；生存；生活 (初中英语单词)satisfaction [,sætis´fækʃən] n.满意；满足 (初中英语单词)conscious [´kɔnʃəs] a.意识的；自觉的 (初中英语单词)whenever [wen´evə] conj.&ad.无论何时 (初中英语单词)motion [´məuʃən] n.手势 vt.打手势 (高中英语单词)vigorous [´vigərəs] a.精力旺盛的；健壮的 (高中英语单词)edition [i´diʃən] n.版本；很相似的 (高中英语单词)affectionate [ə´fekʃənit] a.亲爱的 (高中英语单词)eldest [´eldist] a.最年长的 (高中英语单词)obedience [ə´bi:djəns] n.服从；顺从 (高中英语单词)necessarily [´nesisərili] ad.必定，必然地 (高中英语单词)courtesy [´kə:tisi] n.礼貌；殷勤；好意 (高中英语单词)nourish [´nʌriʃ] vt.养育；施肥于 (高中英语单词)courteous [´kə:tiəs] a.有礼貌的；殷勤的 (高中英语单词)bearing [´beəriŋ] n.举止；忍耐；关系 (高中英语单词)repeated [ri´pi:tid] a.反复的；重复的 (高中英语单词)indifference [in´difrəns] n.冷淡；无足轻重 (高中英语单词)mansion [´mænʃən] n.大厦；宅第；官邸 (高中英语单词)mistaken [mis´teikən] mistake的过去分词 (高中英语单词)concerned [kən´sə:nd] a.有关的；担心的 (高中英语单词)previously [´pri:viəsli] ad.预先；以前 (高中英语单词)hearing [´hiəriŋ] n.听力；听证会；审讯 (高中英语单词)shrill [ʃril] a.(声音)尖锐的 (高中英语单词)defiance [di´faiəns] n.蔑视，挑衅；反抗 (高中英语单词)indignation [,indig´neiʃən] n.愤慨；气愤 (高中英语单词)strict [strikt] a.严厉的；精确的 (高中英语单词)reside [ri´zaid] vi.居住；(权利等)属于 (高中英语单词)passionate [´pæʃənit] a.易动情的；易怒的 (高中英语单词)indulge [in´dʌldʒ] v.(使)沉迷；沉溺；放任 (高中英语单词)consciousness [´kɔnʃəsnis] n.意识；觉悟；知觉 (高中英语单词)finding [´faindiŋ] n.发现物；判断；结果 (高中英语单词)access [´ækses] n.接近；通路；进入 (高中英语单词)domain [də´mein,dəu-] n.领土；版图；范围 (英语四级单词)indulgence [in´dʌldʒəns] n.沉迷；宽容；恩惠 (英语四级单词)turbulent [´tə:bjulənt] a.狂暴的；骚乱的 (英语四级单词)modesty [´mɔdisti] n.谨慎；端庄；羞怯 (英语四级单词)fondly [´fɔndli] ad.喜爱地；愚蠢地 (英语四级单词)unkind [,ʌn´kaind] a.不客气的；不和善的 (英语四级单词)apostle [ə´pɔsəl] n.传道者 (英语四级单词)dearly [´diəli] ad.深深地(爱等)；昂贵 (英语四级单词)amiable [´eimiəbəl] a.亲切的，温和的 (英语四级单词)railing [´reiliŋ] n.栏杆 (英语四级单词)sovereignty [´sɔvrinti] n.主权；君权 (英语四级单词)gentleness [´dʒentlnis] n.温和，温柔 (英语四级单词)livery [´livəri] a.有肝病征象的 (英语四级单词)humbly [´hʌmbli] ad.恭顺地，谦卑地 (英语四级单词)cruelly [´kruəli] ad.残酷地；极，非常 (英语四级单词)disobey [,disə´bei] v.不服从；不听命令 (英语四级单词)compassion [kəm´pæʃən] n.同情；怜悯 (英语四级单词)shameful [´ʃeimfəl] a.可耻的；猥亵的 (英语四级单词)drawing [´drɔ:iŋ] n.画图；制图；图样 (英语四级单词)repentance [ri´pentəns] n.悔悟，悔改；忏悔 (英语六级单词)endanger [in´deindʒə] vt.危及，危害 (英语六级单词)minded [´maindid] a.有…心的 (英语六级单词)respecting [ri´spektiŋ] prep.由于；鉴于 (英语六级单词)forbearance [fɔ:´beərəns] n.忍耐，克制 (英语六级单词)improbable [im´prɔbəbəl] a.未必有的 (英语六级单词)applied [ə´plaid] a.实用的，应用的 (英语六级单词)advantageous [,ædvən´teidʒəs] a.有利的；有帮助的 (英语六级单词)advisable [əd´vaizəbl] a.合适的，得当的 (英语六级单词)politeness [pə´laitnis] n.礼貌；文雅；温和 (英语六级单词)animated [´ænimeitid] a.栩栩如生的；活跃的 (英语六级单词)insensible [in´sensəbəl] a.麻木的；冷淡的 (英语六级单词)redress [ri´dres] vt.&n.纠正；调整 (英语六级单词)repress [ri´pres] v.镇压；抑制；约束 (英语六级单词)involuntarily [in´vɔləntərili] ad.不 自觉地 (英语六级单词)affected [ə´fektid] a.做作的；假装的 (英语六级单词)chagrin [´ʃægrin] n.悔恨，懊恼，委曲 (英语六级单词)meekness [´mi:knis] n.温顺；卑恭屈节 (英语六级单词)mortify [´mɔ:tifai] v.克制；禁欲；使受辱 (英语六级单词)