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weeds teaches me watchfulness; my threshers bring to my mind the future separation of the evil and the good; my horse teaches me gratitude; in the market, seeing all eager to obtain gain, (and perhaps none more so than myself) causes me to consider, that on the christian market-day, I ought to be anxious to obtain spiritual good.
Mrs. M.— My dear husband, the gentleman does not want to hear
your experience: let him show us another picture, and we will try to get some instruction from that.
Ex.-Excuse me, Madam; I assure you I am highly gratified to find that when Mr. Maple has not the Bible in his hands he has the Scriptures on
his mind : this is as it should be; for it is written, " Thou shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way; and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” And it is certain, that those who pay the greatest attention to them will derive the greatest benefit from them. Now, Madam, will you
favour me with your observations on this scene; I am persuaded that Mr. Maple will acknowledge it contains a representation of what he most intimately acquainted with.
Mr. M.—You excite my curiosity, Sir ; I must examine it also. Why here is neither fields, orchards, barns, stables, piggeries, sheep nor cattle !
Ex. But what does the scene re
Mr. M. - I hardly know. It is chiefly composed of women; some spinning, some carding wool, others weaving tapestry, a good many making linen dresses and beautiful girdles; all are fully engaged: really, Sir, I cannot imagine why you suppose. that I am acquainted with this busy
Ex.-Look attentively again ; perhaps one among the industrious company will attract your attention and afford
information. Mr.M.-Do you mean the one that is passing through the throng, observing their respective operations,
and at the same time directing her steps towards some poor people who seem waiting to receive her benevolence ? Her countenance is pleasing, her engagements evidence great industry, and her conduct, I must suppose, deserves the closest imitation; but I do not know whom she is intended to represent.
Ex.-But what character do you think she sustains ?
Mr. M.-A good wife, to be sure, Sir! With that character I am indeed intimately acquainted. Mary, I was very stupid about this picture, but you will forgive me.
Mrs. M.—You mean to praise, not to offend your wife, so you need no
forgiveness. I think I must reward you by making you a dress, that you may be known as a good and indulgent husband when you sit
Ex.-Very well; very well: this acknowledgment of affection and mutual exchange of good wishes, although something antiquated, is very pleasing; and I most sincerely bope such conduct may come again into vogue. Oblige me with your attention to, and, if you please, your remarks
on, the following scenes. Mr. M.—This is the grandest picture you have yet showed us; such buildings I have never before seen!
Mrs. M.- Observe the elegant