Great Lessons from Little Things

Great Lessons from Little Things

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... you work. The third lesson the spider teaches is: III. Patience. The spider builds a new web, spreads her sticky threads, and finishes all her plans for catching flies. She waits hour after hour, day after day, and week after week sometimes, before a single fly comes near. All this time she has nothing to eat, and yet she does not seem to grow restless or discontented. She waits with patience. Sometimes a bad neighbour will come to take part of the food she has laid up. Then there is a fight, and in the conflict the spider has the misfortune to lose a leg. This causes her great pain, and she crawls away into some quiet corner for ten days or a fortnight, till a new leg grows in the place of the old one. All this she bears without seeming to lose her temper. She waits patiently for better days. Here is a lesson we should never forget. I don't know anything that tries children's patience more than going without food. You go home at noon and dinner is not ready. You are hungry and don't like to wait. Remember the spider, and have patience. A little boy had a sum to do the other day that required a little thought. I knew he could do it very well if he would have patience and think about it. But he was in a great hurry and ambitious to have it done first. He made his fingers move over the slate at a great speed, and to judge by the rattle of his pencil he would soon have it finished. When he showed it to me it was wrong. A look of disappointment came over his face, and then a flush of anger and impatience. I said nothing to him, but resolved in my own mind to make him do the sum correctly, or deprive him of his play. Other children in the class did the sum before him, and that increased his vexation and impatience. At length they had all finished in...
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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515986
  • 9781236515988