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Become thy study, pastime, rest, and food,
And kindle in thy heart a flame refined;
Pray Heaven for firmness thy whole soul to bind
To this thy purpose, to begin, pursue,
With thoughts all fixed and feelings purely kind,
Strength to complete, and with delight review,
And grace to give the praise where all is ever due.”

CHAPTER III.

THE SCHOOL-GIRL AT STUDY.

The Great Trial. Trunks full. Nothing forgotten. A Vacant Stare. Two-thirds Lost. Memory wanting. Xenophon's Retreat. All need Judgment. Learn to discrimi. nate. Best Taste in Town. Select the Best. Knowledge running away. Loose Change. Where to look. Society of a Lapdog. Not a Short Job. Iron-hearted Bell. Habit of Toil.

EVERY one who goes to school knows that, for some reason or other, the object is to study. But many seem to know nothing as to why they must study, or how to do it. I am sorry to say, too, that many parents seem as ignorant as their daughters. They know that other people send their daughter to school, and that before she arrives at that most important age of eighteen, or when she is “ brought out," it is necessary to be able to say that she

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was educated at this or that celebrated institution. They fail in their plans and in their conversation to impress upon her the real object of her going from home to be educated. They talk much about what she needs as to dress, in order to appear well, and they talk over the privations she will endure, and the trials she must meet, but the great trial, that of study, they hardly mention.

Suppose now we were in some nook, ourselves unseen, where we could hear the conversation at the breakfast-table, between a judicious, sensible father and his daughter, who is about leaving home for school.

Well, daughter," says he, in a cheerful tone, “I suppose you have every thing ready to start, -trunks, bandboxes, umbrellas, and overshoes?”

Yes, father, I believe so. My trunks are all full, and I thought I never could crowd in my new de laine, the two new silk dresses, the cream-coloured merino, the purple alpaca, and my twelve aprons. But by great efforts mother and I pressed them in, though I am afraid they will be terribly rumpled. Then I have the three

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“ Indeed! I should think you were fitting out for the tour of Europe. But these are not what comes within my province. But there is one thing I am very desirous to have you carry, and which, if you are not very careful, will be left behind.”

“Why, I am sure I have forgotten nothing. We have put up everything we could think of, even to the boxes of hair-pins.” “No doubt; no doubt.

But have you any where packed away a correct idea of the object for which you go, and how you are to accomplish that object? You go in order to study ; but do you know why you study and how to study ?”

No, father, and I wish you would tell me.” Well, then, forget the crowded trunks and the hair-pins for the present, and I will try to

Now you must be patient and attentive, for I shall be what you call “awfully dull.'

“ The objects of study, then, are these :

“ 1. To give you power to command the attention. Till we have made many and longcontinued efforts, this is no easy matter. You

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A VACANT STARE.

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sometimes undertake to read a book, and while your eye runs over the pages or the lines of the page, the mind and the thoughts are off upon something else ; and when you reach the bottom of the page, you know nothing of what you have been reading. When you are in conversation with another person, it often happens that you lose whole sentences, and have to assent to what he has said, though you know not what it is. Have you never found it so, my daughter?”

The young lady looked up with a vacant stare, and nodded her head in assent, though the fact was that she had scarcely heard a word of what her father had said: for the moment the words “command the attention” were uttered, her thoughts had been wandering off to a small party which she had attended, and where she was sure she had the power to command the attention of a certain young gentleman, who wore young whiskers and a yellow vest. Thus she was unconsciously illustrating the need of which her father was speaking

“ 2. A second object of study is to give you

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