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404 A VILLAGE SKETCH.
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in sleep amount their ily sties of on persuasion the blessedl green induce i sward gnorant , it and to of look the the method p behind igs lay . of grunting The making cows 1 contentedl mince ruminate pie < s y > _l
All this was , nothing y to the assurance with which the poultry strutted : and the cocks crowed as cheerily as though , such a lady as Mrs .
Rundell had never had an existence . There occurred , however , once upon a time , a singular exception
to this general rule and order of things . Aloof from the humbler cottages stood a dwelling of rather superior pretensions . The
numerous chimneys seemed sinking in the roof , for many strata of thatch This had accumulated ancient mansion , giving had the formerl house been a somewhat occupied b heavy y fine appearance old English .
y _g'entlemen and ladies , who , if the testimony of mural marble be reliable , were , there or thereabouts , perfect in their generation of the . Now lish ,
however , it was in the occupancy of a rare specimen Eng farmer . He was a plain man , and one of those whose ag _* e it is difficult to conjecturehe miht be forty-fivehe might be sixty . If there
" anything was one thing that he that ; abhorred Mr . g Cheeve above r love all other d too , well things , it under was his the pipe sun ; , it if
was innovation in any one form or shape . His horses continued gravelhollowing circles in the paddock , while steam thrashing
machines y were going fussing about the country , and even his nails raised a dust in the old barn by way of reassurance . He regarded
patent shakers and patent everything else with infinite disdain , and spent a great deal of his time in -wondering whatever people would
g _* et next . The same principle was consistently carried out in all domestic tureThere affairs it . Time in had its good honored old , but not uite deteriorated respectable his having furni-
always . kept out was of the hands of bawling age , auctioneers q and B , acchanalian ies . And then Mr . Cheever hated shams . None of your
p candlesticks lated org goods were : his one silver or the was other silver . , None and of his your brass new was -fang brass led . lamps His
wifch their flare and sputter and soot , causing panic in the midst of full-dressed assemblies .
been Fortunatel made to y order for the so good full man did 's she peace sympathise his houseke with eper all mi his ght views have , y
His housekeeper ? , Yes . Mr . Cheever was a widower . He had one sonor hoped he still had . The youth had chosen a seafaring life
to the , regret of his worthy father , who , had he not possessed the hopeful disposition peculiar to the Benniworth people , would no
doubt have taken it very much to heart . Besides the happy trait before mentioned , Mr . Cheever possessed truly benevolent
sympathies . Not that these were ever verbally expressed , but he had a way without of drawing an out that ing queer look purse or word of . his Of and course handing he had forth many coin
applicants for accompany his charity in the shape of cottagers whose pigs had died from natural causes , or whose poultry had become a prey to some
vulpine marauder . But if the whole truth must be told , Mr . C .
404 A Village Sketch.
404 A VILLAGE SKETCH .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Feb. 1, 1860, page 404, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01021860/page/44/