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her dull sister Eleanora Frances, and as Miss Tiny had rather piqued her pride to be the first of the family who settled in life, she began to turn her thoughts seriously to provide for herself; and one day, looking over the newspaper, she saw an advertisement for an active young person to serve in a haberdasher's shop, and that if they were steady and gave
satisfaction, salary would not be an object. As it was somewhere near Walworth, it struck her that the old prig, as she always called Mr. Brownrigg, might be of some use to her So she went to the Brow to talk about it. Esther, who was glad to oblige any one, undertook to speak to her uncle, and he knew the place well, and offered to write for her, and we are really glad to say that the situation was secured; and though at first she found some difficulties, she had sense enough to try to overcome them, and the last we heard of her was, she made herself useful, and got on pretty well. I really have been too long with these people, but if my young readers learn that such high-blown expectations must vanish, as baseless and irrational, I have not recorded in vain the history of the Jennings' family; the only being that remained to comfort her parents was the dull plodding Eleanora Frances, who, when she had no longer sisters at home to mislead her, went on steadily, and was really a comfort to her poor father and mother. Yet still, as might be expected, these weak people would sometimes fondly dwell on those days when Louie and Tiny were the admiration of the squire, and when the Jennings's family made no mean figure at church on Sunday; and when Miss Louisa took a walk in the park arm in arm with a neighbouring shopman, she generally amused him with descriptions of her father's fine horses, and how often she had joined the hunt to the admiration of the neighbouring gentry. Poor Tiny's regiment was ordered to the West Indies, and this unhappy young creature closed her eyes there, having caught the fever almost immediately on her landing.
It may not be unpleasing to the reader to learn, that James Brown's affairs went on happily, and one feature in the character of this good lad we take pleasure in recording : the preparations of his own settlement in life never interfered with his duties as a servant; the Rectory garden was cultivated even with more care than usual, and when Mr. Lascelles paid his last wages, he told him that he did not expect to replace him.
“ You have been
a very faithful excellent servant to me, James ;” and he replied,
“ I am sure you have been the very kindest master to me, Sir.” There was no want of young gardeners.
Stephen Meredith's brother Frank was about nineteen, and had been well trained at the Level Bit, and was delighted to see the world, and to come and live near his great relations, as he always called them; and Stephen was happy to shew them any kindness that laid in his power, for he loved his family, and though he said little of it, had been greatly disappointed not to get his dear Eilen a service; and as it was never explained to him, he had feared that Mr. Lascelles had some prejudice against him, and that his request had never been attended to; and was somewhat surprised when he inquired for Frank, and expressed a desire to receive him into his family. And as Michael was now settled, and had openly spoken of the affair to Stephen, these happy brothers understood each other, and every shade of caprice or unkindness was removed from the character of Mr. Lascelles. Frank was very different from Stephen, more enterprising, and though not unsteady, not so easily governed, something like Jem Brown, but he had never suffered as Jem had ; therefore, when he came under the
guidance of old Andrew, the stiff Scot began to doubt whether he and the young Frank could remain long together. But good advice and firm resolves on the part of Stephen to send him home, if he gave the slightest trouble to the old gardener, made Frank consider his way. And one evening, when he had strolled down to see his brother and sister, with the baby on his shoulder, walking up and down the room, “ You have no notion, sister, what a tiresome old man that Andrew is, so abominably obstinate, I believe he thinksand as he was going on, Stephen stopped him. “ It is your place to obey him, Frank, and it is only upon those terms that you can keep your place. I would not have a brother of mine give trouble in Mr. Lascelles's family.” " But when I know," said Frank, " that the way my father has taught me is the best way, is it not provoking that this old man will not allow me to know any thing, and is always calling me a boy.” Here the good-humoured Fanny rose. My dear Frank, it is so natural to call things what they are.” Here the family party was increased by the entrance of James Brown; and Stephen appealed to him, to know if Andrew was really a tiresome old man. “He is slow, partial to his own way.”
" That he is indeed," said Frank. " But he is an excellent gardener, and in all the time that I have lived with Mr. Lascelles, he has been very kind to me, and I have constantly found that experience qualified him to direct me, and I never found it difficult to obey.”
“ Do you hear that, Frank ?” said Stephen; and James looked round, as though he would have said, “ Have you found it difficult ?” Frank understood the appeal, and said, “ Perhaps, Mr. Brown, you may be of a milder temper than I am ;" and as soon as this escaped him he seemed sorry that he had said it, and went on. 56 I am sure I have done all I could to please him.” Frank had given the babe to his sister, and was leaning over the back of Jem's chair, declaring that he was sure, he was certain he had done all he could; and James, who in days _lang syne, would have been quite of Frank's mind, and would have thought it impossible to bear with an obstinate old man, turned round, and looking him fuli in the face, said, “ My dear fellow, I have lived so long with Andrew, that I know him exactly; he will not yield to you, he will not think it proper, and I must say that every one who considers, will think him better qualified to govern than a young lad like you. You cannot,