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THE BECORD OF A VANISHED LIFE. 258
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few years of my poor boy ' s short- life . Their natures were whollantipathetic . He longed to be proud and fond of his
only y sister . His warm heart yearned towards her ; but he foundto his sorrowthat he could not really draw near to her .
Much , in her pained , and shocked his noble manliness , and high puzzled instinctive M , irl and was sense yet frequentl saddened of woman . invited ' s worth to and pass goodness the holidays . He at ¦ was the ¦ * .
homes y g of certain of her y schoolfellows . I did not always altogether approve of her intimates , but I feared it might be
selfish on my part to bring her to so dull a home as the old cottage was , and to snatch her from the pleasure of the gaieties
of more cheerful and lively houses . I knew , too , that these gaieties were to Mary a great delight . I regretted that she should find her sole leasure in the frivolities of society—
regretted in short that p her nature was what it was ; but after some mental struggle I gave my consent . She now and then
of paid her me favourite rare and companions short visits , accompanied a certain Miss som L etimes - . by This one
, young lady was no favourite of mine . She seemed to me no desirable companion for my poor Mary , and yet I found that it
would be impossible to break off the intimacy . Mary was not easilled . She had little reverence for a fatherpoorsolitary
y , , , and not very companionable for her , nor was my character one which would exercise much influence upon hers . Miss L——
-was full of coquetry . Her conversation was all of husbands and matches . She was well acquainted with the state , and
progress of the flirtations of all her acquaintances , and seemed to think of little but marriage and the arts which , in society ,
lead up to it . She was dressy , worldly and heartless ; without much princileor delicacyor intellect ; but she had that
" tone of society p , " which possesses , so powerful an attraction for a character like that of Mary . I tried to reason with my dear
child ; but in vain . I tried every kindly method of elevating her aims and thoughts ; but vainly still . I attempted to wean
her from he * r intimate , but without success ; and I saw , to my sorrow , that the intercourse and sympathy strengthened .
At length Mary was to leave school . She was about eighteen . with It wa he s h e f r rie "la nd Miss half , L " and she . was I was to spend scheming her p last lans holidays for her
, pur Lawrence future ea life good , and and a stud h happ appy ying iness wom wh , an taking at . I How could counsel then do with to I missed mak my friend my her g , dear irl Mr a
moth me with to er a h half ! el I often our hope , child stood and . p long rayer tha the t the grave dead mother our old w churchyard ould help
You remember p , Herbert , that your father , my brother ,.
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THE BECORD OF A VANISHED LIFE . 258
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