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4I protest, I don't know," said Frank; “ but he says his wife is an excellent manager. I wish, Jane, you would find out how they contrive the matter, and perhaps we can take a leaf out of their book.”
! Mrs Reed had all the little vanity of being able to make a show on small means; and when Jane humbly asked advice and direction, willingly granted it. "In the first place," said she, "I set it down as a rule, from the first, that the only way we could get forward in the world was to live in genteel style, and put the best foot foremosti. You would be astonished, between ourselves, to know how little we have to spend; but then I have a great deal of contrivance. What wages do you give your servants !” To Jane's information she replied, “You give too much. By the by, I can recommend an excellent seamstress to you, who will sew for twelve cents a-day. But, my dear Mrs Fulton, you must not wear that shabby bonnet'; and, excuse me, you do want a new pelisse tremendously. It really is not doing justice to your husband, when he has such a run of business, and such a handsome income, to dress in this manner.”
4. I do not know how it is," said Jane; “but we spend a great deal more than we used to do ; we send our children to expensive schools.”
“ That is entirely a mistake. I don't send mine to any ; it is my system. They get such vulgar habits, associating with the lower classes! I educate them myself.”'
" But do they learn as well as at school ?”.
" How can a woman of your sense ask that question? As if a mother could not teach her children better than strangers! Take my advice, and save all the money you are paying for them ; it is just throwing it away. Educate them yourself. Rousseau
Though Jane did not entirely adopt Mrs Reed's ideas, she thought, with her, that they were paying an enormous sum for schools, and both she and Frank agreed, as demands for money inereased, that they might just as well go to cheaper schools. The penalties of living beyond the means most generally fall upon the children of the family; not that parents love them less than other appurtenances, but because deficiencies here are more easily kept out of sight. We speak not of dress or food, but of education.
Many declaim on the expense of schools, who forget that teachers are qualified by devoting the best part of their lives to the subject; that the education of children cannot be taken up all at once merely for a living ; but that, to be successful, it must be founded upon higher and nobler motives, and deserves a compensation equivalent to the preparation and importance of the object. Mrs. Reed thought otherwise when she found how little trouble it was to educate her children, with a girl hired for an assistant. Those who saw not the interior, spoke of her as a most wonderful woman.
approves of it."
** Perhaps there is no class of men less liable to extravagance than physicians. Their gains are slow and laborious, and they toil for daily bread from hour to hour. No large sum comes in, like a lawyer's fee, for a few words of advice; and no lucky speculations on coffee, indigo, or cotton, raise him, like a merchant, from moderate means to sudden afluence. But the seeds of luxury and extravagance may be scattered everywhere; and even the very security that Frank felt in his profession, and in his own moderate desires, had perhaps made him less vigilant. 11" Though Jane did not entirely trust to Mrs Reed's opinions as to teachers and schools, on many other subjects she yielded implicit deference. The consequence was, that, from a simpledressed woman, she soon became a fashionable lady, bonneted and blonded in the extreme of fashion, and, even to her own surprise, a fine stylish-looking woman. Frank, who had hitherto only appreciated his wife's virtues and amiable qualities, began now to pride himself on her elegance. The moment this sort of pride takes possession of a husband, he delights to hang his idol with finery and trinkets. How much of honest, faithful affection and esteem mingles with this tribute, depends on the character; in the present instance there was an uncommon degree of affection. For many years they had been all the world to each other had struggled through a degree of penury-had enjoyed comparative afluence meekly and thankfully--and even now, Jane sometimes doubted whether their enlarged income had increased their happiness. She still, however, continued her charities; and one day, when she applied to her husband for a sum to give away, was surprised when he replied, “ Really, Jane, I cannot afford such a donation."
“Not afford it !” exclaimed she; “why, it is no more than we have given for several years."
"But our expenses have greatly increased."
“And so has our income,” said Jane triumphantly. Frank looked thoughtful, and shook his head. “ Well,” said Jane cheerfully, we have been talking about getting a centretable; now suppose we give that up, and devote the money to charity ?"
" As you please," said Frank coldly.
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“I know it; but I should not have thought of it if Mrs Reed had not said it was necessary.".
16 Mrs Reed seems to have become your oracle, with all her folly. Then it was only because she said so that we were to have a centre-table?"
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. With all this, however, she was obliged unwillingly to feel that
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each and to all, was cheerfully received ; but when the domestics found that the luxuries of the kitchen were not
neither her happiness nor her comfort was increased.
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in a row, when she was alarmed by a loud ringing at the door. The chamber-maid was despatched, with strict injuncations to let nobody in, but say she was not at home. There was evidently a parley, and the step of a person was heard approaching. With a sudden feeling of mortification at being caught, Jane rushed into the closet, and closed the door. The sound
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"Why, you look as if you were going to have a company of aldermen to dine." u The girl answered in a simpering tone, “ No, sir; only two or three friends."
Jane, during this conversation, felt a consternation that disabled her from acting judiciously-which would have been to have come out from her hiding-place, and tell the simple truth. But she knew her uncle's straightforward mind, and she was sure he would not make the distinction which custom and fashion warrant-of not at home, as meaning engaged. The girl, too, had so positively implicated her in a falsehood, had shown so completely that she understood no qualification, that Jane felt the utmost horror at being detected. She actually looked out of the window, to see if there was no possibility of escape. In the meantime Uncle Joshua laid down his hat and çane, seated himself by the open window, and asked for a glass of water.
Jane at length came to the conclusion that she had better res main perfectly quiet; that his calls were never very long; and she would send for him the next day, and should escape all unpleasant feeling. To her dismay, however, she presently heard him call for the morning's paper. She knew he was one of those inveterate newspaper readers that go through the whole, and she tried to be resigned to at least an hour's imprisonment. Alas, what a situation! The dinner at a stand, the marketing would be back, and ducks and geese in waiting ! At length, however, Uncle Joshua got to the end of the everlasting newspaper; and, as he folded it up, told the girl, who had entered the room every five minutes, to say to his niece that he was sorry not to see her, but could not wait any longer." Then turning suddenly upon the closet door, he grasped the handle.
“Sir, sir!” exclaimed the girl," that is the wrong door.” It was too late. He had turned the lock, and the door came open! There stood Jane in one corner, not pale as a lily, but the colour of a full-blown peony. His surprise for a moment was extreme. But he was not slow of comprehension, and the truth rushed upon him, greatly exaggerated; for he believed it was a contrivance to avoid seeing him. He stood silent, with his eye fixed
“Dear uncle," said she, “ I thought it was a stranger. I did not know it was you when I ran into the closet.” “Silence!” said he; “;
no more falsehoods. Begone!" turning to the chamber-maid. “And you have taught that poor, ignorant girl, to peril her soul by falsehoods! "Jane, Jane, I have loved you like my own child, but I shall trouble you no more. You shall not be obliged to send word to your old uncle that you are not at home,” And he turned to go.