Marco Paul's Voyages and Travels Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...innocent, do I. not?" "Yes, sir, ' 'eplied Marco. " But then," continued Forester, "it would be very foolish for me to believe that you are honest, when I have no reason for believing it. That would be only to expose myself to be deceived." Marco did not answer. " Your mother believes that you are an honest boy, doesn't she?" asked Forester. " Yes," replied Marco. "I suppose she does.," "And isn't she exposed to be often deceived by you on that account?" Marco did not answer. "Mothers are very unwilling to believe that their sons can deceive them. That is one reason why it is particularly wrong for a boy to attempt to deceive his mother. It is making a very ungrateful return for her kindness and confidence. "Besides," continued Forester, after a short pause, "it is very unwise to attempt to gain any thing by any false pretenses; for such a course soon destroys one's character. And a good character will help a boy get a great many more enjoyments than any cunning. Cunning will last a little while, but soon exhausts itself; but character will last always. If you could establish a good character with me, so that I could trust you implicitly, I should be able to allow you a much greater degree of liberty than I could if I suspected your honesty. I had a boy with me once who lost his character by one single act of deception." " What was it?" asked Marco. "Why, he knew another boy, who was going one afternoon into the woods a gunning. It was in raspberry time. There are a great many raspberries in the pastures and woods in Vermont." "Is it raspberry time yet, in Vermont?..".
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- 13 Sep 2013
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