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tion to music, drawing, ornamental work, and any other elegant manner of passing their time, and making themselves agreeable.
K. And shall I have all the same things to do, mamma, that
have ? M. It is impossible, my dear, to foresee what your future station will be: but you have no reason to expect that if you have a family, you will have fewer duties to perform than I have. This is the way of life for which
education should prepare you ; and every thing will be useful and important for you to learn, in proportion as it will make you fit for this.
K. But when I am grown a young lady, shall I not have to visit, and go to assemblies and plays, as Miss Wilsons and Miss Johnsons do?
M. It is very likely you may enter into some amusement of this sort : but even then you will have several more
serious employments, which will take up a much greater part of your time; and if you do not do them properly, you will have no right to partake of the others.
K. What will they be, mamma?
proper that you
should assist me in my household affairs a little, as soon as you are able ?
K.. O yes, mamma, I should be very glad to do that.
M. Well, consider, what talents will be necessary for that purpose; will not a good hand at your needle be one of the very first qualities?
K. I believe it will.
M. Yes, and not only in assisting me, but in making things for yourself: You know how we admired Miss Smart's ingenuity when she was with us, in contriving and making so many articles of her dress, for which she must otherwise
have gone to the milliner's, which would have cost a great deal of money.
K. Yes, she made my pretty bonnet, and she made you a very handsome cap.
M. Very true; she was so clever as not only to furnish herself with these things, but to oblige her friends with some of her work. And I dare say she does a great deal of plain work also for herself and her mother. Well, then, you are convinced of the importance of this business, I hope.
K. Yes, mamma.
M. Reading and writing are such necessary parts of education, that I need not say much to you about them.
K. O no, før I love reading dearly.
M. I know you do, if you can get entertaining stories to read; but there are many things also to be read for instruction, which perhaps may not be so pleasant at first.
K. But what need is there of so many books of this sort ?
M. Some are to teach you your duty to your Maker, and your fellow creatures, of which I hope you are sensible you ought not to be ignorant. Then it is very right to be acquainted with geography; for you remember how poor Miss Blunder was laughed at for saying that if ever she went to France, it should be by land.
K. That was because England is an island, and all surrounded with water, was not it?
M. Yes, Great Britain, which contains both England and Scotland, is an island. Well, it is very useful to know something of the nature of plants, and animals, and minerals, because we are always using some or other of them. Something, too, of the heavenly bodies, is very proper to be known, both that we may admire the
of God in creating them, and that we may not make foolish mistakes, when their motions and properties are the subject of conversation. The knowledge of history, too, is very important, especially that of our own country'; and in short every thing that makes part of the discourse of rational and well-educated people, ought in some degree to be studied by every one who has proper opportunities.
K. Yes, I like some of those things very well. But pray, mamma, what do I learn French for-am I ever to live in France ?
M. Probably not, my dear; but there are a great many books written in French that are very well worth reading ; and it may every now and then happen that you may be in company with foreigners who cannot speak English, and as they almost all talk French, you may be able to converse with them in that language.