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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1861 Excerpt: ... THE BLUE SILK WORK-BAG. Lucy Danville was a very pretty child; but, from her earliest infancy,' had always been of a disposition so extremely obstinate and indolent, that when she had completed her ninth year she scarcely knew her letters: she was equally backward with her needle; she could not mark, nor even hem a pocket handkerchief fit to be looked at. Mrs. Danville had tried various methods to make this obstinate child learn, but they had hitherto been without success; she seemed insensible to shame, and unambitious of praise: she had been to five different schools, from each of which she was dismissed in disgrace,--a circumstance which would have lieen a severe punishment to many children, but it was not any to Lucy. It is true, she was a little afraid of the anger of her papa and mamma, which made her dread the first interview; but no sooner was that over, than she used to rejoice that she had escaped from the confinement of a school, and would spend the whole day in the nursery, playing with her dolls, building card houses, pricking paper, and all the little amusements of babies of three or four years old. Lucy had a sister, somewhat more than a twelvemonth younger than herself, named Maria. This little girl had already made her papa half-a-dozen shirts, and was now learning writing, music, drawing, and dancing, and was beside so well behaved, that all who knew her loved and admired her. It might have been supposed that Lucy would have felt ashamed that her younger sister should so far excel herself; but no, Lucy had no emulation. Indeed, she would sometimes look at Maria, while she was drawing flowers, and listen to her while she was reading stories, but without ever expressing the least wish that she could do either herself, and even refused the ki...
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