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provision, which is the property of the whole community, and is not used except at certain seasons, and under certain regulations. A bee-hive is a true image of a commonwealth, where no member acts for himself alone, but for the whole body.
Fr. But there are drones among them, who do not work at all,
Mr. St. Yes--and at the approach of winter they are driven out of the hive, and left to perish with cold and hunger. But I have not leisure at present to tell you more about bees. You shall one day see them at work in a glass hive. In the mean time, remember one thing, which applies to all the societies of animals; and I wish it did as well to all those of men likewise.
Fr. What is that ?
Mr. St. The principle upon which they all associate, is to obtain some benefit for the whole body, not to give particular advantages to a few.
ON THINGS TO BE LEARNED,
BETWEEN MAMMA AND KITTY.
Kitty. Pray, mamma, may I leave off working? I am tired.
Mamma. You have done very little, my dear; you know you were to finish all that hem.
K. But I had rather write now, mamma, or read, or get my French grammar.
M. I know very well what that means, Kitty; you had rather do any thing than what I set you about.
K. No, mamma; but you know I can work very well already, and I have a great many more things to learn. There's Miss Rich that cannot sew half so well as I, and she is learning music and drawing already, besides dancing, and I don't know how many other things. She tells me that they hardly work at all in their school.
M. Your tongue runs at a great rate, my dear; but in the first place, you cannot sew very well, for if
you could you would not have been so long in doing this little piece. Then I hope you will allow, that mammas know better what is proper for their little girls to learn, than they do themselves.
K. To be sure, mamma; but as I suppose I must learn all these things some time or other, I thought you would like to have me begin them soon, for I have often heard you say that children cannot be set too early about what is necessary for them to do.
M. That's very true, but all things are not equally necessary to every one; but some that are very fit for one, are scarcely proper at all for others.
K. Why, mamma?
M. Because, my dear, it is the purpose of all education to fit persons for the station in which they are hereafter to live ; and you know there are very great differences in that respect, both among men and women.
K. Are there? I thought all ladies lived alike.
M. It is usual to call all well educated women, who have no occasion to work for their livelihood, ladies ; but if you will think a little, you must see that they live very differently from each other, for their fathers and husbands are in very different ranks and situa- . tions in the world, you know.
K. Yes, I know that some are lords, and some are squires, and some are clergymen, and some are merchants, and some are doctors, and some are shopkeepers.
M. Well; and do you think the wives and daughters of these persons
can have just the same things to do, and the same duties to perform ? You know how I spend my time. I have to go to market and provide for the family, to look after the servants, to help in taking care of you children, and in teaching you, to see that your clothes are in proper condition, and assist in making and mending for myself, and you,
and your papa. All this is my necessary duty ; and besides this, I must go out a visiting to keep up our acquaintance; this I call partly business, and partly amusement. Then when I am tired, and have done all that I think necessary, 1
may amuse myself with reading, or in any other proper way. Now a great many of these employments do not belong to Lady Wealthy, or Mrs. Rich, whokeep housekeepers and governesses, and servants of all kinds, to do every thing for them.
It is very proper, therefore, for them to pay more atten