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Chapter 25 : Mrs. Mason’s Farewell Advice to her Young Friends
The day before Mrs. Mason was to leave her pupils, she took a hand of each, and pressing them tenderly in her own, tears started into her eyes—I tremble for you, my dear girls, for you must now practice by yourselves some of the virtues which I have been endeavoring to inculcate; and I shall anxiously wait for the summer, to see what progress you have made by yourselves. We have conversed on several very important subjects; pray do not forget the conclusions I have drawn.  I now, as my last present, give you a book, in which I have written the subjects that we have discussed.  Recur frequently to it, for the stories illustrating the instruction it contains, you will not feel in such a great degree the want of my personal a... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Chapter 24 : Visit to a Poor Family in London.—Idleness the Parent of Vice.—Prodigality and Generosity Incompatible.—The Pleasures of Benevolence.—True and False Motives for Saving.
After the impression which the story, and the sight of the family had made, was a little worn off; Caroline begged leave to buy one toy, and then another, till her money was quite gone.  When Mrs. Mason found it was all expended, she looked round for an object in distress; a poor woman soon presented herself, and her meager countenance gave weight to her tale.—A babe, as meager, hung at her breast, which did not seem to contain sufficient moisture to wet its parched lips. On inquiry they found that she lodged in a neighboring garret.  Her husband had been out of employment a long time, and was now sick.  The master who had formerly given him work, lost gradually great part of his business; for his best customers were ... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Chapter 23 : Charity.—Shopping.—The Distressed Stationer.—Mischievous Consequences of Delaying Payment.
As they walked in search of a shop, they both determined to purchase pocket-books; but their friend desired them not to spend all their money at once, as they would meet many objects of charity in the numerous streets of the metropolis.  I do not wish you, she continued, to relieve every beggar that you casually meet; yet should any one attract your attention, obey the impulse of your heart, which will lead you to pay them for exercising your compassion, and do not suffer the whispers of selfishness, that they may be impostors, to deter you.  However, I would have you give but a trifle when you are not certain the distress is real, and reckon it given for pleasure.  I for my part would rather be deceived five hundred times, ... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Chapter 22 : Journey to London.
The girls were visibly improved; an air of intelligence began to animate Caroline’s fine features; and benevolence gave her eyes the humid sparkle which is so beautiful and engaging.  The interest that we take in the fate of others, attaches them to ourselves;—thus Caroline’s goodness inspired more affection than her beauty. Mary’s judgment grew every day clearer; or, more properly speaking, she acquired experience; and her lively feelings fixed the conclusions of reason in her mind.  Whilst Mrs. Mason was rejoicing in their apparent improvement, she received a letter from their father, requesting her to allow his daughters to spend the winter in town, as he wished to procure them the best masters, an adv... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Chapter 21 : The Benefit of Bodily Pain.—Fortitude the Basis of Virtue.—The Folly of Irresolution.
The children had been playing in the garden for some time, whilst Mrs. Mason was reading alone.  But she was suddenly alarmed by the cries of Caroline, who ran into the room in great distress.  Mary quickly followed, and explaining the matter said, that her sister had accidentally disturbed some wasps, who were terrified, and of course stung her.  Remedies were applied to assuage the pain; yet all the time she uttered the loudest and most silly complaints, regardless of the uneasiness she gave those who were exerting themselves to relieve her. In a short time the smart abated, and then her friend thus addressed her, with more than usual gravity.  I am sorry to see a girl of your age weep on account of bodily pain; it i... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Blasts from the Past

The Danger of Delay.—Description of a Mansion-house in Ruins.—The History of Charles Townley.
Mrs. Mason who always regulated her own time, and never loitered her hours irresolutely away, had very frequently to wait for the children, when she wished to walk, though she had desired them to be ready at a precise time.  Mary in particular had a trick of putting everything off till the last moment, and then she did but half do it, or left it undone.  This indolent way of delaying made her miss many opportunities of obliging and doing good; and whole hours were lost in thoughtless idleness, which she afterwards wished had been better employed. This was the case one day, when she had a letter to write to her father; and though it was mentioned to her early in the morning, the finest part of the evening slipped away whilst she ... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Innocent Amusements.—Description of a Welsh Castle.—History of a Welsh Harper.—A Tyrannical Landlord.—Family Pride.
As it was now harvest time, the new scene, and the fine weather delighted the children, who ran continually out to view the reapers.  Indeed every thing seemed to wear a face of festivity, and the ripe corn bent under its own weight, or, more erect, shewed the laughing appearance of plenty. Mrs. Mason always allowing the gleaners to have a sufficient quantity, a great number of poor came to gather a little harvest; and she was pleased to see the feeble hands of childhood and age, collecting the scattered ears. Honest Jack came with his family; and when the labors of the day were over, would play on a fiddle, that frequently had but three strings.  But it served to set the feet in motion, and the lads and lasses dancing on the g... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

The Treatment of Animals.—The Difference Between them and Man.—Parental Affection of a Dog.—Brutality Punished.
After breakfast, Mrs. Mason gave the children Mrs. Trimmer’s Fabulous Histories; and the subject still turned on animals, and the wanton cruelty of those who treated them improperly.  The little girls were eager to express their detestation, and requested that in future they might be allowed to feed the chickens.  Mrs. Mason complied with their request; only one condition was annexed to the permission, that they did it regularly.  When you wait for your food, you learn patience, she added, and you can mention your wants; but those helpless creatures cannot complain.  The country people frequently say,—How can you treat a poor dumb beast ill; and a stress is very properly laid on the word dumb;—for dumb... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

Charity.—The History of Peggy and her Family.—The Sailor’s Widow.
I have often remarked to you, said Mrs. Mason, one morning, to her pupils, that we are all dependent on each other; and this dependence is wisely ordered by our Heavenly Father, to call forth many virtues, to exercise the best affections of the human heart, and fix them into habits.  While we impart pleasure we receive it, and feel the grandeur of our immortal soul, as it is constantly struggling to spread itself into futurity. Perhaps the greatest pleasure I have ever received, has arisen from the habitual exercise of charity, in its various branches: the view of a distressed object has made me now think of conversing about one branch of it, that of giving alms. You know Peggy, the young girl whom I wish to have most about my perso... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

The Benefits Arising from Devotion.—The History of the Village School-mistress Concluded.
As soon as the cloth was removed, Mrs. Mason concluded the narration; and the girls forgot their fruit whilst they were listening to the sequel. Anna endured this treatment some years, and had an opportunity of acquiring a knowledge of the world and her own heart.  She visited her mother’s father, and would have remained with him; but she determined not to lessen the small pittance which he had anxiously saved out of a scanty income for two other grand-children.  She thought continually of her situation, and found, on examining her understanding, that the fashionable circle in which she moved, could not at any rate have afforded her much satisfaction, or even amusement; though the neglect and contempt that she met with ren... (From : Gutenberg.org.)

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