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amples, whereas, if we were to leave the character to develop, only weeding out sin, and curbing excess, we should at least secure more simplicity.
It may be observed that there are characters who continue originals. This is true, but it will be found that some defect in their character keeps them so, a will which cannot be subjugated, or a self-satisfaction which is proof against remonstrance- -But I am wandering. Forgive me, reader— As Michael walked back to the Brow, he met a little creature not more than seven years old, with a large bundle of wood upon his head going towards home. “ Your name is Thomas Brown ?” “ Yes, Sir.” " You have been to my hedge, and your father desired
you to say that you gathered the wood from the ground.” The boy looked astonished.“ There now, put down that wood, it is not yours, it is mine! and tell your father I wish to speak with him.' He carried home the bundle of wood, and was met by Betty in the passage.
“Dear me, Sir, I'm sure you are very good, but Leonard has brought me in my sticks.'
- I did not gather these sticks, Betty; look ye here, this is green wood.” Betty looking at it, “ Dear me, yes, and if here baint some young quick too; why where could
ye get this, Sir?” “I met Thomas Brown carrying it home.” What, Sir! that. child ?” Yes, Betty.”
" I can't see, Sir, how he could gather them, the prickles be so sharp.' Why, Betty, you see his father works near some of my fields, and half his time is employed in gathering wood and putting it in a particular corner till the night, and then the boy is sent out as if he went to gather sticks; when, in fact, he is only sent to pick up what the father has been cutting.
«That is a bad plan, Sir, that do train them for the gallows.
“Yes, Betty, and it is less excusable in this parish, because so much care is taken to provide all that is necessary. “ To be sure, Sir, there is; it has often been a wonderment to me, the thought and the care that Mr. Lascelles do take, and yet he do never seem satisfied with himself. No, he grows in humility, and I have no doubt he has such increasing views of man's depravity, and the perfection of Jesus, that after the saying of a good man, he feels poorer! all our righteousness, and all our riches, must be in Him. It is a good thing, Betty, not only for ourselves, but for those with whom we stand connected, when experience shows us our just proportion. I know not well what I shall do with this man when he comes. (Betty) “ You must frighten him a little, Sir; I should pick out the young quick, in particular.”
Brown came up, and taking off his hat, “I heard, Sir, as you had a wish to speak wi' me.”
“ Step in Brown; it is two months since I planted an entire new quick hedge on the western side of the field that joins your master's, and you see what lies on this table. I wish to ask you, Brown, if this is doing as you would be done by? If I were to dig up your potatoes and boil them for my dinner" - Aye, Sir, you'll never do that, I'm sure—you are too good for that; besides, Sir, you don't want potatoes, and I do want wood—the wages are so low, and we have had a deal of sickness." “ If wages are low, Brown, bread is low, and as for your sickness, that is always provided for in this parish-you have generally physic and food during the whole time, and a very fair allowance.” “ To be sure, Sir, good night, Sir.” Brown, not so fast, I must have some promise from you not to be so bad a neighbour in future.” (Brown)
- Dear Sir, how can you tell as I took it out of your hedge ?” “ I leave that with your own conscience, Brown; from whatever hedge it was taken, you have done very wrong, and it will be easy for me to de
tect you directly by a 'walk to my field; it is unpardonable in this parish, and shows an innate love of mischief. I hope you feel that it is wrong, you may depend upon it I shall not pass by another offence of this kind.” Brown was glad to escape, and Betty said, “ Dear me, Sir, you should have given him a good rally, he won't mind that at all. Did you hear as the shopkeepers were selling off at prime cost?”
“ Are they going to quit then?” Why, sir, they've had a fortune left 'em; a kind of a miserly uncle as hav’nt allowed himself bread and cheese, used often to come and dine there, and to have the best as the shop did afford, and he was so perticler pleased with the kind entertainment as they did give him, that he have left 'em every thing that he had, and they do
say as neighbour Shouldam will ride in his carriage. “ And do you think, Betty, he will be happier than he is now ?” “Oh, dear no, Sir, I'm sure Jenny Shouldam will miss the gossip sadly."
Joseph Kemp, who continued the same character, was not confided in by his brother, who clearly saw that he was one of those persons who must always be directed. He was grieved at this, for he would gladly have provided for Joe, but he was in perpetual danger of making some foolish mistake. In our former visits to the neighbourhood of the Brow Farm, it may be remembered that there was a family who were very anxious to become acquainted with Michael, and to form some lasting connexion, this had only slept.
It was about this time that Michael was honoured with a visit from the brother of Miss Jennings. Michael was writing when he walked into the house, and said, he should be glad to speak with him. Betty did not think that Mr. Jennings could have any thing of consequence to say to her master, so she continued stirring her starch, without attempting to quit the apartment. “I should be glad to speak with you alone, Sir,” said Mr. Jennings; and they walked together to the smalĩ back parlour. “ I called, Sir, to ask what you meant to do for Mr. Joseph ?” “ For Joseph !"
“ There is a kindness between him and my sister, and I thought perhaps you would give up part of the farm to him. No, indeed, Mr. Jennings, I have no such design ; my brother is likely to be a working man all his life, and the sooner your sister knows this, the better; and I think, Mr. Jennings, if you wish well to your sister, you should forbid the visits of Joseph Kemp.”. Mr. Jennings was surprised, he thought it was