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"I don't think we have remembered this whilo you have been away, mama; we very often quarrel, but I am sure I will try to do better."
"That is right, my love, and may God give you strength to keep your resolution. And now I think we have talked enough, and you shall read to me out of the pretty book you began yesterday."
"That I will, mama;" and as Flora tripped across the room to fetch the book, her mother could not help reflecting, how the spirit of love, once awakened, infuses energy and hope into the most inert; and often during that morning did her thoughts wander far away from the book her little girl was reading, into the new world of duties which lay before her; and many a thought, as it passed through her mind, shaped itself into a prayer, for guidance and wisdom from above; and a bright future seemed to rise before her, stretching far beyond the brief period of Time. And when Flora had finished reading, she looked up in her mother's face, and said, "I am sure you like my book, mama, for you do look so happy."
THE TEACHER TAUGHT.
"To be content when ilia betide,
And pleased with favours given.
"Whose fragrance breathes to heaven."
One morning Mrs. Herbert came down to breakfast rather earlier than usual, and seeing the letters and newspapers lying on the table, she went and looked them over. She found one from the solicitor who had the charge of all her money affairs, and not expecting to hear from him, she opened it with a feeling of curiosity, not quite unmingled with anxiety. It came charged with heavy tidings, informing her of tho sudden failure of a bank, in which a large portion of her money was invested. Quite unprepared for such a painful announcement, she at first scarcely comprehended what she read; and it was not until she had carefully perused the document two or three times, that she came to a full understanding of its meaning. Then, in the absence of all better feelings, a strong sense of indignation against the unfortunate parties concerned, took possession of her mind, acting as an antidote against the paralyzing, enervating influence, which sudden bad news is so apt to shed over the human frame. She walked rapidly up and down the room, her eje kindling, and her frame rising above its ordinary stature; and when her nieces entered, they were too much alarmed at her manner to ask her any questions. At length Helen ventured upon an inquiry, and Mrs. Herbert referred her to the letter, which was lying on the table.