At Home and Abroad, or How to Behave

At Home and Abroad, or How to Behave

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...credit to her, really." But so it happened that one day I overheard a conversation like this--"You have seen Mrs. Barton's Anna, have you not? She is a very disgusting child." "How so? you surprise me." "Oh, she has so many absurd affectations. She is always doing or saying something to attract attention; she simpers, throws her head about, and talks as volubly and learnedly as a foolish woman of fashion would be expected to do." "Does not her mother see her faults, and try to correct them?" "Yes. She is often deeply mortified by her pertness and her airs, but the child obstinately resists all attempts to improve her, fancying that at twelve, she knows quite as much as her mother at thirty-five. I am afraid she is incorrigible, and as I sincerely esteem Mrs. Barton, it pains me to see her have a child who is such a disgrace to her. As I saw Anna mince into church Sunday morning I said to myself, 'I pity the mother of that compound of vanity and pertness.'" Oh, I cannot tell you how intensely I was mortified by this; what bitter tears I shed, and what promises I made to myself of amendment. The mother whom I loved so ardently, was disgraced by me; the learning I had fancied so wonderful, was laughed at; I was ready to die of shame. I envied the most stupid child I knew--vowed never to open a book or say " book" again--became afraid to speak lest some long word might call out the sneer I expected to read on every face, and in fine, was truly convinced of my folly, and desirous by immediate improvement to recover my lost position. I was quiet and humble all day, that day--had no dispute with my brother--assisted my little sister to dress her doll--sewed my task well--finished my...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619463
  • 9781236619464