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90 CONSTANCY MISPLACED.
•The Pastor Replied: " Dear Elise, I Wil...
Parsonages are generally ... renowned for their hospitality ; the reproach which is sometimes with considerable justice cast ation upon
the social life in southern Germany , that the hours of recre are separately spent by the men in public-houses , and by their wives in visiting , does not at all apply to the state of society in the
country , and there the families keep up social intercourse in the pleasantest had manner often when , and he Stern was , a Yicar who g looked ladly forward conformed to the to these time
when usages he , should have a , home of his own , and be able to dispense hosp As italit soon y as to possible his friends he . had introduced his beautiful young wife
to his neighbours , happy in the thought that they would admire his choicebut unfortunately Elise ' s reputation for learning and
eccentricity ; had preceded her , and was a great hindrance to her popularity . It was the general custom in the little reunions of
tinct the place parties that , the but men by degrees and women the began talk proceeded their conversation to matters in dis of
general interest , and the conversation became general , receiving depth and earnestness from the men , and life and animation from
the other sex . On the evening of Elise's first introduction , howeveran unusual constraint prevailed ; the men fancied themselves called , to converse in a specially sensible mannerand lost
their self upon -possession in consequence ; the ladies waited , in vain to hear something instructive from the learned wife of their Pastor ,
but at last put an end to the awkward pause by conversing about the matters which concerned them most , till by degrees their
enthusiasm increased , and they forgot the learned lady . The men kept themselves artand accidentally fell into conversation of an
exceedingly practical ap nat , ure . To the mortification of the Pastor , his wife became more and more silent , and was soon left quite
unheeded in the animated circle around her : he became uncomfortable himself where formerly he used to feel so much at home . He
proposed to leave very early ; Elise was ready to go ; they walked home in silence till the wife began _; " I cannot understand how
you spend can the find whole enj afternoon oyment in in such discussing company the , where tax upon the grain men , and can
the women have no ideas beyond hemp and flax . " " I assure you this is not always the case ; we have sometimes very profitable and
intellectual conversations , but it is necessary at times to speak of such practical mattersand they often lead the way to discourse
, upon higher at subjects home ; you must are often yourself have the heard daug conversations hter of a villag like e ?
parsonage this . _" " At ; home I you always took the liberty to withdraw from such trifling societyand I will do the same here in future . "
" Would it not be mor , e friendly to enter into such conversation , do
not and feel then myself to try called and g to ive the it office a hig of her a reformer tone ? " ; " I Thank like bett you er , to I be
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