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tcnance of the invalid encouraged the doctor to go on. "Do you remember, my dear young lady, those to whom it was once said, 'Come ye into a desert place and rest awhile, for there were many coming and going, and there was no leisure so much as to eat V They could not make leisure for themselves, and so their kind Master made it for them."
"Yes, indeed I do, and I thank you for reminding me. I will indeed try and subdue this restless desire to be up and doing; but, do you know, I feel as though I had a living mind and a dead body."
"And well may you be thankful that you can say this. I have a patient, whom I must visit to-day, who has a dead mind and a living body, and, I can assure you, hers is by far the worse case of the two. But you must remember you are new to your position, and it will be by slow degrees that you get accustomed to it; and with your dead body, as you call it, you will in time find many ways of working, and many sources of happiness—I see several around you here," and the doctor looked admiringly at the well-furnished bookcases, and the beautiful prints which were lying in a half-open portfolio.
"Oh yes; those are great sources of pleasure, but, at best, they are only selfish ones."
"I am not sure of that. With a hearty desire to be useful to others, I believe there is no lawful pursuit in which we can engage which may not be made subservient to it. A mind intent upon making opportunities, will find them in the most unlikely things. But I must now wish you good afternoon, for I have a long round yet to make."
The doctor had not proceeded many yards from the house, when he met Helen Burnet and her cousin. "Do you know our neighbours?" said he, pointing to the cottage.
"Oh yes," said Helen; "we have seen them several times."
"I wish you would go and see them now," eaid he, "they want a little cheering."
"That we will," said E£e» "I would much rather go there than to the grumbling old man in this lane, whither we were bound; it is quite a reprieve."
"We must* go to the grumbling old man afterwards," said Helen, "so make up your mind to it; it will only be an evil deferred."
"Very well; but at any rate we will enjoy the present, and I always think something may come to prevent a disagreeable future." So saying, Effie put her arm through her cousin's, and they went on to the cottage.
They found the invalid alone, and she looked very much pleased when they entered. "We are come to chat away half an hour with you, Miss Wilson, if you like it," said Helen.
"I shall like it extremely," said she. "I want to know a great deal about your pretty neighbourhood and its inhabitants. I see a great many people pass here from time to time, as I lie on my sofa, and I form my own notions about them; but I should like to know how far I am correct."
"Did you form any notions about us, Miss Wilson?" saidEffie.
"No, because you were so kind as to call upon me directly I came, and I had no time to form any."
"Well, I am ready to give you any information you want, and I think you had much better take my opinion than Helen's, for I see the people as they are, and she looks at them through the beautifying glass of her own kind, sweet nature."
"I thought you had only lately come, Miss Burnet?"
"Don't call mo Miss Buvnet, please, I am Erne."
"Well then, Effie, how long have you been here?"
"Only three weeks, but I have ma lo good use of my powers of observation, and I assure you I know a great di ..1 more of some of our neighbours than my cousin."
"But you shall only show me the fair si»]o of any of them. The dark one, if such there be, I will find out for myself."
"Then you had better let Helen begin, for I know my pictures will have dark shades as well as bright lights."
"I want to know who those children are, with their sweet, quiet mother, who live in that tiny cottage on the hill yonder. I see them every day. They come of gentle blood, I am sure, though the exceeding plainness of their dress would seem to make their position doubtful."
"Yes," said Helen, "they do, and there is a great deal in their history to interest you. Their name is Lester, and their father died three years ago, leaving them with such a very slender income, that they have barely the means of subsistence. It was thought that his death was occasioned by the sudden shock caused by the loss of all his property in one of the Oriental banks."
"And why did they come here to settle?"
"Partly, I think, because that cottage wa3 eflered to them for a merely nominal rent, and