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INSTRUCTIVE RAMBLES.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION TO MR. RICHARDSON'S FAMILY. A DISCOURSE ON WELL-REGULATED PLEASURES.

One fine morning, in the month of October, Mr. Richardson, a considerable merchant of the city of London, went to Reading, in order to bring home his children, Charles and Mary, from a relation with whom they had been placed since the death of their mother.

The lady with whom they had resided, though well-meaning, was a woman of weak understanding : during the life of her husband, she had given way to her inclination for gaiety and expense; but the means failing with him, she was necessitated to retire to a small house in the vicinity of Reading; where, by the assistance of Mr. Richardson, she was enabled to make a respectable appearance.

Mrs. Bennet, for so was she named, had been educated with the late Mrs. Richardson; but their tempers were totally dissimilar: the first was thoughtless, and fond of pleasure, which she knew not how to procure, except in the dissipation of the great world ;' the second, reflective and domestic, possessed a mind that furnished her with continual amusement: for, as the bee collects honey from every flower, so did this excellent woman her pleasures from every surrounding object; - an affectionate wife, a tender mother, a good mistress, and beneficent friend to the poor. Notwithstanding these contrarieties of temper, the friendship cemented in their childhood still continued i

and since the misfortunes of Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Richardson had frequently invited her to pass a few months with them in London ; where, whatever might be her real inclination, she took care to suppress

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