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come in to lielp you sometimes if I can spare time , but my baby and the quantity of needlework required in so large a family take utp
most of the day . If , however , I engage a nurse , I dare say I shall come into the school-room occasionally . "
Here the lady paused , on which I tremblingly enquired " what salary she proposed to give ? " " Well" she replied" salary was
,, not an object , with her , and she wished to give everyone their due , and undervalue nobody ; therefore , under the circumstances , as I
had never been out _beforeh and she did not require much from , me , suppose we said £ 20 per annum if I stayed more than six months ,
and £ 18 if I left at the expiration of that term . Would that satisfy me ? " I was not quite sure , ( having never bought even a new bonnet
for myself , ) but I rather thought it would be a small sum ; but then the lady offered it with such an air of patronizing majestythat I felt
, almost certain it must be a very large one , and as I had no doubt she knew more about such things than I , and that bonnets and mantles
did not cost so very much after all , I made answer that I was " perfectly _satisfied" to sell my little frail body and my active mind to the
magnincient lady in bed , for the enormous sum of £ 20 per annum . " And then" pursued my patroness"if you have any time for
needle-. , , work you know _^— " but at this moment the door opened to admit " papa" and his red haired daughterwho wasas I saw at a glance ,
, , , the image of her sire . " Weel , " began the gentleman , with a strong Caledonian accent , which I fear I shall fail to convey to paper ,
" and have ye told the leddie all aboot it ? " at the same time bestowing a nod of his head upon me . " Yes , my dear , I have told
this young lady of the few little matters she will have to attend to when she comes to us . "
" And have ye tould her not to stop here on the Sabbath ?" "I forgot to mention , " said his wife , turning her eyes again upon
. me , " that we wish you to go home on Sunday . I bowed , and the gentleman added , " We dinna want ye here .
Have ye got a gude hame to gang to ?" I felt the tears that had long been resisting every restraint I put
upon them here begin to overflow , and taking this for an answer , the brute continued , "Weel it ' s a gude thing ye havena ; but ye
canna bide here on the Sabbath . " Here the wife explained that they once had a governess , with so
comfortable a home to go to , that she left them , at the end of three months ; and finding I could not endure much more of such a scene
with composure , I rose to take my leave , promising to " consult my friends . " . I have not the least recollection of how I got home .
But I reached that little oasis somehow ; feeling ( for I had made up my mind that I must take this situation ) how soon I should be *
separated from the few dear ones left , and earn my bread among strangers . In the long twilight of the summer _' s eve I told my tale ,
and looking as youth ever does—on the bright side of things—I
smoothed down its ruggedness , and rounded its angles , until the .
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English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Aug. 1, 1858, page 400, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01081858/page/40/