Stories for Parents

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Lippincott, Grambo, 1852 - 215 pages
 

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Page 168 - I am afraid my uncle will think himself justified by them on this occasion, when he asserts, that it is one of the most difficult things in the world to put a woman right, when she sets out wrong.
Page 131 - ... no confidence; and it is a man's principles that determine the path he is to tread in life. On the other hand, I have the fullest confidence in those of Mr. Percival, and know where they will lead him. This is a matter in which I cannot look back to see from whence the person has come; every thing depends on a knowledge as to where he is going.
Page 203 - ... is progressing, and give you a control over him not now possessed." " You are right in this, no doubt, Margaret.
Page 210 - The latter seemed hurt by the reproof, but it left him thoughtful. An hour passed away ere his boy returned. At times, during his absence, he was angry at the delay; but the words of remonstrance were in his ears, and he resolved to obey them. At last, the lad came slowly in with a cloudy countenance, and reported the result of his errand. Having stayed far beyond his time, he looked for punishment, and was prepared to receive it with an angry defiance. To his surprise, after delivering the message...
Page 134 - Why do you say that ?" asked Mr. Woodville, evincing much surprise. " In the first place," replied the friend, " a man with bad principles is not the one to make a rightminded woman happy. And, in the second place, a man who regards neither virtue nor decency in his conduct is the one to make her life wretched.
Page 201 - So, he either left home immediately after tea, or the children were sent to bed in order that he might have a quiet evening for rest, business reflection, or the enjoyment of a new book. Mr. Green had so much to do and so much to think about, that he had no time to attend to his children; and this neglect was daily leaving upon them ineffaceable impressions, that would, inevitably, mar the beauty of their after-lives.
Page 132 - ... time gave him to understand that no change in his views was to be expected, and that to seek to effect a change would only be to place himself in the way of repulse and insult. Both of these the young man had already received. A few months later, and, fully avowing her purpose, Laura left the house of her parents and became the wife of Percival. A step like this is never taken without suffering. Sometimes it is wisely, but oftener unwisely taken; but never without pain. In this case, the pain...
Page 130 - Mr. Allison !" The eyes of Laura were raised quickly from the floor, and her manner exhibited the repugnance she felt. " I can never look upon Mr. Allison as more than a friend/' said she, calmly. " Laura ! Has it indeed come to this ?" said Mr. Woodville, really disturbed. "Will you disgrace yourself and family by a union with a vulgar upstart from the lower ranks, when an alliance so distinguished as this one is offered ? Who is Percival ? Where is he from ? What is his origin ?" " I regard rather...
Page 132 - You have been much in error if, for a moment, you have indulged the idle dream. I positively forbid all intercourse with this Percival. Do not disobey me, or the consequences to yourself will be of the saddest kind/' As her father ceased speaking, Laura arose, weeping, and left the room. A deep calm succeeded to this sudden storm that had fallen from a summer sky. But it was a calm indicative of a heavier and more devastating storm. Laura communicated to Percival the fact of her painful interview...
Page 130 - Where is he from ? What is his origin ?" "I regard rather his destiny than his origin," replied the daughter; "for that concerns me far more nearly than the other. I shall have to tread the way my husband goes, not the way he has come. The past is past. In the future lies my happiness or misery.

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