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THE

VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.

CHAP. I.

The description of the family of WAKEFIELD, in which

a kindred likeness prevails as well of minds as of persons.

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WAS ever of opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did morc service than he who continued single and only talked of population. . From this motive, I had scarcely taken orders a year, before I began to think seriously of matrimony, and chose my wife, as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well. To do her justice, she was a good-natured notable woman, and as for breeding, there were few country ladies who could show

She could read any English book without much spelling; but for pickling, preserving, and cookery, none could excel her. She prided herself also upon being an excellent contriver in house-keeping, though I could never find that we grew richer with all her contrivances.

However, we loved each other tenderly, and our fondness increased as we grew old. There was in fact nothing that could make us angry with the world, or each other. We had an elegant house, situated in a VOL. VI.

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