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The Barbadoes girl a tale for young people
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Francis & Co.'s little library
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by Mrs. Hofland.
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Baldwin Library copy lacks frontispiece; p. 85-86 torn, affecting text.
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0FRANCIS & CO.'SFOR YOUNG PERSONS OF VARIOUS AGESTHE BARBADOES GIRL.BY MRS. HOFLAND.C`


3ranis $S to.'s lnttir Lttirarp,C. S. FRANCIS & Co., New York, haoe plblished a uniform Serieof Choice volumes for Young People, by some of the most disCtin.guished writers for Childrcn. .J'e&tly bound in cloth, fhd illustrated by Engravingrs.L. MARIA CHILD.-FLOWERS FOR CIIILDREN: No. 1, for Chil-dren eight or nine vears old.-- FLOWERS FOR CHILDRIN: No. 2, for Children three or fonryears old.-- FLOWERS FOR CIILDREN: No. 3, for Children eleven ortwelve years old.MARY HOWITT.-FIRESIDx TALES.--- THK CHRISTMAS TREE: A Book of Stories.TE TURTLE DOVy OF CARMEL; and oth'r Stories.----- Tl FAVORITE SCHOLAR; LITTrLI CHATrERBBox; PERSE-VERANCE, and other Tales. By Mary Ilowitt, Mrs. &SC. HJall, and others.MRS. TRI MM ER.-T-''HE ROBBINS; OR )DOMESTIC LIFE AMONJTHE BIRDS. Designed for the Instrluction of Childrenrespecting their Treatment of Aninals.MISS LESLIE.--RUSSEL AND SIDN1EY AND CHASE LORINO;Tales of the American Revolotion.MRS. CAROLINE GILMAN.-T'IE LIITTLE WREATH OFSTORIES AND POEMS FOR CHILDREN.- STORIES AND POEMS FOR (HILDREN.HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN.-A CHRISTMAS CGREeTINo: 'Thirteen New Stories from the Danish of llrnsChristian Andersen.-- A PICTURE BooK WITHIOUT PICTURES ; anI, ,ner Stories:by IHans Christian Andersen. Translated by Mary-lowitt, with a Mlemoir of tile Author.--- A DANISH STORY BOOK.CLAUDINE; OR II1TMILITY THE BASIS OF ALL THE VIRTUBS.A Swiss Tale. By a Mother; author of "Always Hap.py," "True Stories from IHistory," &c.FACTS TO CORRECT FANCIES; or Shert Narrativescompiled from the Alemoirs of Remarkable Women.By a Mother.HOLIDAY STORIES. Contaiining fve Moral Tales.MRS HOFLAND.-TI'IE IS'rORY OF AN (OYFICER's WIDOWand her YonItlg Family.T--TE C,IRPOYM N'S WIDOW, and her Young Family.-- TuE R5RCHANT'S WIn)w, and her Yoting Family.MISS ABBOT.-KATx AND LIZZIE; OR SIX MONTHS OUT O0SCHOOI.MISS ELIZA ROBBINS.-CLASSIC TALES. Designed fortheinstruction and Amusement of Young Persons. By thehuthor of " American Iopular Lessons," &c.MRS. S. C. HALL.--TURNS OF FORTUNE; ALL 9I NOT COL,THAT GLITTER a, &C.- TUr PRIVATS PURRI; CLEVERNISS, and other Talea


TH EBARBADOES GIRL., Walt for oang opUlt.BY MRS. HOFLAND.AUTHOR OFTHE CLERGYMAN'S WIDOW; THE SISTERS; BLIND FARMER;AFFECTIONATE BROTHERS; ELLEN THE TEACHER;GOOD GRANDMOTHER; MERCHANT'S WIDOW;ETC., ETC., ETC.The indulgence of passion makes bitter work for repentance, and produces a feebleold age. BACON.As violent contrary winds endanger a ship, so it is with turbulent emotions in themind; whereas such as are favourable awaken the understanding, keep in motion thewill, and make the whole man more vigorous. ADDISON.A NEW EDITION, REVISED.NEW YORK:C. S. FRANCIS & CO., 252 BROADWAY.BOSTON: CROSBY, NICHOLS & CO.M.DCCC.LII.


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THEBARBADOES GIRL.CHAPTER I.---y >^" -:--, S Mr. Harewood;t41.'/-. ,^ ,,,- was one evening,~.~"~<~ .sittingwith his\,,~'~'. 1' ; wife and children,^1.. ^';'^ '.;he told them that^ (J'- i Y} lk~ he expected soon'r^1^ t En gto receive among'J W ~ ~ uthem the daughter^lf\ ^^ ^ fof a friend, who"/S Yll/t ^SChad lately died inthe West Indies.Mr. Harewood'sfamily consisted of his wife, two sons, and adaughter: the eldest, named Edmund, wasabout twelve years of age; Charles, thesecond, was scarcely ten; and Ellen, thedaughter, had just passed her eighth birth-day: they were all sensible, affectionate


6THE BARBADOES GIRL.children, but a little different in disposition,the eldest being grave and studious, thesecond lively and active, and as he wasnearer to Ellen's age, she was often inclinedto romp with him, when she should haveminded her book; but she was so fond ofher mamma, and was educated with such aproper sense of the duty and obedience sheowed her, that a word or a look never failedto restrain the exuberance of her spirits.Children are alike naturally curious andfond of society; the moment, therefore, Mr.Harewood mentioned their expected guest,every one had some question to ask respect-ing her; but as Ellen's was uttered withmost mildness and modesty, she was firstanswered; and her brother Charles, takingthis hint, listened quietly to the followingconversation, not joining in it, till he feltthat he had a right to do so, from havingpractised a forbearance that cost him someeffort.Ellen.-Pray, papa, what is this little girl'sname, and how old is she ?Father.-She is called Matilda Sophia Han-son: her father was a man of good fortune,and she is an only child; I believe, however,his affairs are in an unsettled state, as hermother is under the necessity of remainingsome time in the country, in order to settle


THE BARBADOES GIRL.7them. It is at her earnest request that Ihave been prevailed upon to accept thecharge of her daughter. I believe shedsabout a year younger than you; but as thegrowth of people in warm countries is morerapid than in this, I expect to see her quiteas tall and forward as you, Ellen.Ellen.-But, dear papa, how will she gethere from a place on the other side of theglobe? I mean, who will bring her? for Iknow, of course, that she must come in aship.Father.-She will be attended by a negroservant, who has always waited upon her;and who will return after she is safely landed,I suppose.Ellen.-Poor thing! how she will cry whenshe leaves her own dear mamma, when sheis to cross the wide sea! and then again,when she parts with her good nurse; I daresay she will kiss her very fondly, thoughshe is a black.C/harles.-- Oh, she will forget her sorrow.when she sees so many things that are quitenew to her. I'm afraid she'll think Ellen,and us boys, very silly, ignorant creatures,compared to her, who has seen so much ofthe world: upon my word, we must be allupon our good behaviour.Fatier.--I hope you will behave well, not


8THE BARBADOES GIRL.merely from conscious inferiority, but becauseyou would be both impolite and unkind, ifyou omitted any thing in your power thatcould render a stranger happy, who is so en-tirely thrown upon our protection-one, too,who has lost a fond father, and is parted froma tender mother.Edmund.-But, papa, as Miss Hanson iscoming to England for education, and is yetvery young, surely Charles must be wrongin supposing that she is wiser, or, I ought tosay, better informed, than we are, since it isutterly improbable that she should have hadthe benefit of such instructions as we haveenjoyed.Father.-True, my dear; but yet she will,of course, be acquainted with many thingsto which you are necessarily entire strangers,although I must remark that Charles's ex-pression, "she has seen much of the world,"js not proper; for it is only applied to peoplewho have mixed much with society-not tothose whose travels have shown them onlyland and water. However, coming from adistant country, a society very different fromours, and people to whom you are strangers,she cannot fail to possess many ideas andmuch knowledge which are unknown toyou; I therefore hope her residence with usfor a time will prove mutually advantageous;


THE BARBADOES GIRL.but if the advantage should prove to beon your side, I trust you will never abuseit by laughing, or in any way insulting andteazing your visitant; such conduct wouldensure most serious displeasure.Mother.-It would prove hem not onlyvery ignorant, and deficient in the educationwhich even savages give their children, butprove that they were devoid of that spirit ofcourtesy which is recommended in the Scrip-tures, and which every Christian child willnourish in his heart and display in his man-ners: the same holy apostle, who inculcatedthe highest doctrines of his Divine Master,says also-" Be affable, be courteous, bearingone with another."The children for a few moments lookedvery serious, and each appeared to be in-wardly making some kind of promise or res-olution to themselves respecting the expectedstranger: at length, Ellen, looking up, saidto her mamma, with great earnestness-" In-deed, mamma, I will love Miss Hanson asmuch as if she were my sister, if she willpermit me to do it.""You had better say, Ellen, that you willbe as kind to her as if she were your sister;for until we know more of her, it is not pos-sible for us to promise so much; nor is itadvisable to give our hearts at first sight,t3


10 THE BARBADOES GIRL.even to those who have yet stronger claimsXupon our good will and friendly services."Mr. Harewood added his approbation ofthis sentiment, for he knew it was one thaticould not be repeated too often to youngpeople, who are ever apt to take up eitherpartialities or prejudices too strongly, andwhose judgment has ever occasion for theattempering lessons of experience.CHAPTER II.AT length the long-wished-for day arrived,and the young foreigner made her appear-ance in the family of Mr. Harewood. Shewas a fine, handsome-looking girl, andthough younger in fact, was taller and older-looking than Ellen, but was not nearly so wellshaped, as indolence, and the habit of beingcarried about instead of walking, had occa-sioned her to stoop, and to move as if herlimbs were too weak to support her.The kindness and politeness with whichshe was received in the family of Mr. Hare-wood, did not appear to affect the Barbadoesgirl in any other way than to increase thatself-importance which was evidently her char-


THE BARBADOES GIRL.acteristic; and even the mild, affectionateEllen, who.had predisposed her heart to loveher very dearly, shrunk from the proud andhaughty expression which frequently ani-mated her features, and was surprised tohear her name her mamma with as much in-difference as if she were a common acquaint-ance; for Ellen did not know that the in-dulgence of bad passions hardens the heart,and renders it insensible to those sweet andtender ties which are felt by the good andamiable, and which constitute their highesthappiness.In a very short time, it became apparentthat passion and peevishness were also thetraits of this unfortunate child, who hadbeen indulged in the free exercise of a rail-ing tongue, and even of a clawing hand, to-wards the numerous negro dependants thatswarmed in her father's mansion, over whomshe had exercised all the despotic sovereigntyof a queen, with the capriciousness of a pet-ted child, and thereby obtained a habit oftyranny over all whom she deemed her infe-riors, as appeared from the style in whichshe now conducted herself constantly to-wards the menials of Mr. Harewood's family,and not unfrequently towards the superiors.For a few days Mr. Harewood bore withthis conduct, and otly opposed it with gen-


12 THE BARBADOES GIRL.tleness and persuasion; but as it becameevident that this gentleness emboldened themistaken child to proceed to greater rude-ness, he commenced a new style of treatment,and the English education of Matilda, so faras concerned that most important part of alleducation, the management of the temper, inthe following manner:On the family being seated at the dinner-table, Miss Hanson called out, in a loud andangry tone, "Give me some beer !"Mr. Harewood had previously instructedthe servant who waited upon them how toact, in case he was thus addressed; and inconsequence of his master's commands, theman took no notice whatever of this claimupon his attention." Give me some beer !" cried she again, inso fierce a manner that the boys started, andpoor Ellen blushed very deeply, not onlyfrom the sense of shame which she felt forthe vulgarity of the young lady's manners,but from a kind of terror, on hearing such ashrill and threatening voice.The servant still took no notice of herWords, though he did not do it with an 'airof defiance, but rather as if it were not ad-dressed to him.The little angi ild muttered, loudenough to be heard'*What a fool the


THE BARBADOES GIRL.wretch is!" but as nobody answered whatwas in fact addressed to no one, she was atlength compelled to look for redress to Mrs.Harewood, whom, regarding with a mixtureof rage and scorn: she now addressed-"Pray, ma'am, why don't you tell the man toIgive me some beer? I suppose he'll under-)stand you, though he seems a fool, and deaf.""My children are accustomed to say-:Please, Thomas, give me some beer;' or,X I'll thank you for a little beer;' and theloud rude manner in which you spoke, pro-:bably astonished and confused him. As,however, I certainly understand you, I willi endeavour to relieve you.-Pray, Thomas,:be so kind as to give Miss Hanson someIbeer," said Mrs. Harewood.Thomas instantly offered it; but the littleirl cried out in a rage-" I won't have it-: o! that I won't, from that man: I'll havey own negro to wait-that I will !-Mustsay please to a servant? must a nasty mann a livery be kind to me ?-no! no! no IZebby, Zebby, I say, come here !"The poor black woman, hearing the loudtones of her young lady, to which she hadbeen pretty well used, instantly ran into theroom, before Mr. Harewood had time to pre-vent it, and very humbly cried out-" Whatdoes Missy please wanty ?"


14^TH]S BARBADOES GIRL."Some beer, you black beetle I""Is, Missy," said the poor woman, with asigh, reaching the beer from Thomas with atrembling hand, as if shlxpected he glassto be thrown in her face.Charles had with great difficulty refrainedfrom laughter on the outset of this scene;but indignation now suffused his counte-nance. The young vixen was an acute ob-server, and, had she not been cruelly neg-lected, might have been a sensible child. Itinstantly struck her, that his features dis-puted her right; and, determined not toendure this from any one, she instantlythrew the beer in the face of poor Zebby,saying-" There's that for you, madam."It was not in the forbearance of the chil-dren to repress their feelings; even Edmundexclaimed-" What a brute !"Ellen involuntarily started up, and hidher face in her mother's lap, while Charlesmost good-naturedly offered his handkerchiefto the aggrieved Zebby, kindly condolingwith her on her misfortune.Mr. Harewood now, for the first tme,spoke.-" Zebby," said he, in a calm itstern tone, "it is my strict command, thatso long as you reside under my roof -younever give that young ldy any thing again,nor hold any conversation with her: if you


-||! ITHE BARBADOES GIRL.15isobey my commands, I shall be under theecessity of discharging you."I The young lady checked herself, and fortmomenrlooked alarmed; but recovering,e said-' She is not yours, and you sha'n'tischarge her: she is my own slave, and Iill do what I please with her; poor papabought her for me, as soon as I was born,nd I'll use her as I please."" But you know your mamma told you,hat as soon as she arrived in England sheould be free, and might either return oremain, as she pleased. Now it so happensithat she is much pleased with my family,and having a sincere regard for your mother,She this morning requested Mrs. Harewoodto engage her in any service she couldundertake: convinced that she was worthyur protection, we have done this, andherefore all your claims upon her areover."The little girl, bursting into a passionateflood of tears, ran out of the room.Poor Zebby, courtesying, said-" Sir, mehopes you will have much pity on Missy-she was spoily all her life, by poor rassa-her mamma good, very good; and whenMissy pineh Zebby, and pricky with pin,then good mississ she be angry; but massasay only-' Poo! poo! she be child-naughtyI


16 4" THE BARBADOES GIRL.tricks wear off in time.' He be warm manhimself."The poor negro's defence affected the little/circle, and Mr. Harewood observing it, said-"You perceive, my dear childn, thatthis child is in fact far more an object ofcompassion than blame, for she has beenpermitted to indulge every bad propensityof her nature, and their growth has destroyedthat which was good; of course, her life hasbeen unhappy in itself, yet punishment hasnot produced amendment. Poor thing lhow many of the sweetest pleasures of ex-istence are unknown to her! She is astranger to the satisfaction of obliging others,and to the consciousness of overcoming her-self, which, I trust, you all know to be aninestimable blessing. I truly pity her; butI am compelled to treat her as if I blamedher only; I am obliged to be harsh, inorder that I may be useful, and give pain toproduce ease."In about an hour, finding that no one ap-proached, and feeling the want of the dinnerher shameful rudeness and petulance had in-terrupted, and which she had but just begun,Matilda came down stairs, with the air of aperson who is struggling to hide, by effront-ery, the chagrin she is conscious of deserving:no person took any notice of her entrance,


THE BARBADOES GIRL.17atnd all appearance of the good meal shewanted was removed. There was a certainsomething in the usually-smiling faces of theheads of the mansion that acted as a repellentOto her, and she sat for some time silent; butat length she spoke to Ellen, who, from hergentle meekness, was ever easy of access, andwhom, intending to mortify, she accostedthus-" Nelly, did you eat my chicken ?"Charles burst into a loud laugh, as Ellen,who had never heard herself thus addressed,for a moment looked rather foolish; onwhich he answered for her, with a somewhatprovoking sauciness of countenance-" No,Matty, she did not eat your chicken."} "My name is not Matty-it is MatildaSophia, and you are a great booby for* calling me so; but Nelly, or Nell, is shortfor Ellen, and by one of those nanes I shall* call her, whenever I choose, if it be only tovex you.""Perhaps, too, you will choose to prickhbr, and pinch her, Miss Matilda SophiaHanson?" answered Charles, sneeringly,drawing out her name as long and as pom-pously as it was possible."Fie, Charles!" said Edmund; "I amsure you act as if you had forgotten all thatpapa told us about Miss Hanson."Charles, after a moment's thought, ac-2


18 THE BARBADOES GIRL.knowledged that.he was wrong, very, verywrong.Matilda was much struck with this; shewas well aware that, under the same circum-stances, she should have said much nore.than he had, and she was curious as to whathad been said of her, which could have pro-duaed this effect on a boy generally so viva-cious and warm-tempered as Charles. Aftercogitating upon it some time, she at lengthconcluded that Mr. Harewood had endeav-oured to impress on the minds of his familythe consequence she possessed, as an onlychild and a great heiress; and although hehad appeared so lately to act under a verydifferent impression, yet it was very possiblethat he had only done so because he was outof temper himself, and, now his mind was -become tranquil again, he had repented ofhis conduct, and been anxious to prevent his.children from following his example in thisrespect.The more Matilda thought of this, themore fully she fixed it in her mind as an ar-ticle of belief; but yet there was somethingin the calm, firm tones- of Mr. Harewood,when he spoke to her, and in his presentopen, yet unbending countenance, when hehappened to cast his eyes towards her, which;rendered her unsatisfied with the answer sheI


THE BARBADOES GIRL.19thus gave her own internal inquiries; andalthough she had been exceedingly angrywith him, for presuming to speak to her,she yet felt as if his esteem, and indeed hisforgiveness, were necessary for her happi-*ness; and her pride, thus strengthened, con-tended with her fears and consciousness ofguilt and folly; and while she resolvedinwardly to keep up her dignity with theyoung ones, she yet, from time to time, castan anxious eye towards her new monitor.In a short time, to Matilda's great relief,Mr. IHarewood stepped into the library toget a book; and the children, in the hopethat, when he returned, he would kindly in-dulge them, either by reading to them, orrelating occasionally such anecdotes or ob-servations as the work he read might furnishhim with, left their seats, and pressed roundthe place where their parents were sitting.Matilda did not like to be left alone, nordid she feel as if she had a right to be heldas a child among the rest: again her prideand her repentance had a great struggle, andshe knew not to which she should give thepreference, for her heart swelled alike withpride and sorrow; she moved towards thesame place, and sought, in the bustle of the* moment, to divert the painful feeling whichoppressed her.


120 THE BARBADOES GIRL.In a few moments, Mr. Harewood washeard to shut the library-door; and as, ofcourse, he might be expected to re-enter verysoon, and would now be much nearer to herthan he had been, and would certainly adoptsome more decided kind of conduct and lan-guage towards her, Matilda became againextremely desirous of knowing what hereally had said about her, and she two orthree tinmes essayed to speak; but a littleremaining modesty, which was nearly allthe good which her unhappy education hadleft her, prevented her, until she found thatshe had no time beyond the present instantleft for satisfying her curiosity on so import-ant a point, when, in a considerable flutterof spirits, she whispered to Ellen, but in avoice sufficiently articulate to be heard byothers-"Pray what did your papa say ofme?"" That you were very much to be pitied.""Pitied! Pray what am I to be pitiedfor ?"Ellemnblushed very deeply: she could notanswer a question which called down confu-sion on the head of her who asked it-one,too, whom she was inclined to love, andwhose petulance towards herself, howeverunprovoked, she had already forgiven. Shelooked wistfully in the face of her anmma,^LJto/ o 'I,^^^^,-6^' 0 n 'LMzr '^ "' D */*yf r


THE BARBADOES GIRL.21who replied for her--" We all think you aremuch to be pitied, because you are evidentlya poor, little, forlorn, ignorant child, withoutfriends, and under the dominion of a cruel* enemy, that renders you so frightful, it isscarcely possible for even the most humanepeople to treat you with kindness, or evenendure you."Matilda involuntarily started up, and ex-amined herself in the looking-glas.-" If Ihad happened to be your own daughter,ma'am," she said, crying again, "you wouldnot have thought me ugly; but because Icome from Barbadoes, you don't like me;and it is cruel and wicked to treat me so.But I will go back-I will-I will.""I wish most sincerely you had nevercome, for it is painful to me to witness thefolly and sin you are guilty of; but, sinceyou are here, I will endeavour to bear withyou, until I have found a good school tosend you to. If you would give yourselftime to consider, you would know that theenemy I spoke of is your own temper, whichwould render even perfect beauty hideous;you know very well that I received youwith the greatest kindness, and that youhave outraged that kindness. But I canforgive you, because I see that you are asilly child, who fancies herself of importance;'r 1t' '' >-Jp


22 THE BARBADOES GIRL.whereas children, however they may besituated, are poor dependent creatures."Matilda answered only by a scornful tossof her head, and uttering the word-" De-pend6nt !""Edmund," said Mrs. Harewood, takingno notice of her insolent look, "you are astrong healthy boy, forward in your educa-tion, capable of reflection, and decidedlysuperior;,ot only in age, but wisdom, toaay other in the room; answer me candidly,us if you were speaking to a boy like your-self-Do you feel it possible so to conductyourself, that, if you were left alone in theworld, you could be happy and indepen-dent ?""My dear mamma," said Ediund, "youmust be laughing at me; a pretty figure Ishould cut, if I were to set up for a man,without any one to advise me how to act, totell me when I was wrong, and to manageevery thing for me! how could I do rightwithout my papa, or some proper guardian?and how could I be happy without you,mamma ?'As Edmund spoke, he threw his armshis mother; and the others followedhs i "example, saying--" No, no, we could do:nothing without you and dear papa; pray'do stay with us, and make us good."


THE BARBADOES GIRL.23ie: As they spoke, the tears were in theireyes, and Matilda was affected: she remem-bered the tenderness of her own mother,and how often she had turned a deaf ear toher expostulations. She was convinced thatthese children, at this very time, enjoyed asweeter pleasure thln she had ever expe-rienced from the gratification of her desires,and she even longed to confess her folly,and gain her share of Mrs. Harewood'scaresses; but pride still struggled in herheart; and though her reason was convincedof the truth, that children are indeed depen-dent on their friends for all that renders lifevaluable, yet her temper still got the better,and she resolutely held her tongue, thoughshe ceased to look haughty and ill-hu-moured.CHAPTER III.THIS interesting display of atural fedlingswasxterrupted by the hastTe-entrance of:Mr. itarewood, followed by Betty, the house-maid, who, in |tering the door in a hurry*had fallen down s--Sep; aid hut herfore-hd,; and was now brought forward by her


24 THE BARBADOES GIRL.good master, to claim the assistance of herkind and skilful mistress.The children were full of concern andcondolence with Betty, and with greattenderness shrunk when they saw theirmamma bathe her forehead with vinegar, asthey knew it must sma;t exceedingly: andEllen could not help saying-" How goodBetty is I she never says oh !""No, Miss," said Betty, "I know yqurmamma does it for my good; and thoughshe gives me some pain, yet she saves mefrom a great deal more."In a few minutes, Betty declared thesmarting was quite gone; and the childrenwere so glad, that Matilda began to think,though they were foolish, yet they werecertainly happy, and she wished she couldfeel as happy as they did.When Betty was gone, the tea came in,and Mrs. Harewood ordered a large plate oftoast, as she recollected Matilda's scantydinner. Thomas once Ianded it all round,and Mr. HarewoodAen said-" Set it down;when the children want it, they will ask youfor it."All the children remembered poor Ma-tilda's wants, and in order that she mighthave plenty, without any more being ordered,or any thing in reference to the past being


THE BARBADOES GIRL. 25mentioned, with true elicacy of feeling,forbore to eat any more, so that Matildacould not repeat their words in asking,which she now determined to do. She.wasvery hungry, and the toast looked verytempting, as it stood before the fire.Matilda looked at the toast, and then, atthe footman; her cheek glowed, her eyewas subdued, but her tongue did not move.Thomas, however, handed her the toast,and she then articulately said-" Thankyou."This was heard, but no notice was taken;they knew that much false shame attends the6first efforts to subdue pride and passion, andthey feared lest even approbatiou should bemisconstrued.In order to divert the general attention,Mrs. Harewood said-" I forgot to ask Bettywhat made her run in such a hurry, as tooccasion her accident, for I gave her leaveto go out, and stay till nine o'clock, and it isonly seven now, I believe.""I believe, madam," said Thomas, veryrespectfully, "she came home in haste, be-cause her sister has twins; and as you prom-ised her some caudle, she came to tell thecook to make it, and likewise to get somelittle matter of clothing, from her own clothes,for the baby that is unprovided."c


26 THE BARpADOES GIRL."Poor woman!" said Mrs. Harewood;we must all help; this little stranger has aclaim on us."Ellen clapped her hands-J" Oh, mamma,may I make it a nightcap ?""Yes, my dear; I will get some old linen,and cut out a few things, after tea.""I will give you a crown, my dear," saidMr. Harewood; " as I cannot assist, insewing, I must help to buy needles, andthread."|; "And I will give you a shilling, mamma,"a;;id Edmund, "if you please.""Oh dear," said Charles, "I am verysorry, but I have only fourpence, because I: spent all my moneyon my new kite; but ifthat will do any good, mamma--"It will do good, Charles, and I will notgrieve you by refusing itt because I see youare sorry that you have no more, which willteach you another time to be provident, andthen you will not be under the necessity ofgiving your last farthing, or refusing to becharitable, when such a case occurs again."Ellen handed Charles's fourpence to hermamma; and as she did so, she put a six-pence between the pence, so as not to be seenby Matilda, lest it should seem like a re-proach to her; and as she slipped the #holeinto her mother's hand, she said-': hope,


TIE BARBADOES GIRL.27mamma, you will be so good as to let MissHansonmake a little cap for the baby ?""I don't like to sew," said Matilda, rising;"at least not such things as these: I think abit of calico to wrap the pickaninnies in isthe best, and I'll give that to buy some with."As she spoke she threw half-a-guinea onthe table, with the air of one desirous of ex-hibiting both generosity, and wealth, andlooked round, with an eye that asked foradmiration.No notice was taken. Mrs. Harewooopening her own purse, took out half-a-crown :and then counted all that she had got. Indoing it, Ellen perceived not her sixpence,and she then, with modesty, but without anyshame, said-" I believe my sixpence musthave slipped down.""I did not know you gave me one, child."" Yes, but she did, for I saw her," said Mr.Harewood, though she was not aware thatI did. She gave it in silence, not from af-fectation, but a kind motive towards onewho could not appreciate it; but we will sayno more on this point. Ellen, you have grat-ified your father: I see in your conduct thegerm of a gentlewoman, and, what is infi-nitely more precious, of a Christian."Ellen sprung to her father's arms, and inhis affectionate kiss found a rich reward.


28 THE BARBADOES GIRL.For a moment, Matilda thought to herself,-'what a piece of work is here about sixpence,while they take no notice at all of a brightgolden half-guinea! but still her understand-ing combated this thought, for she knewthe all the present company saw beyondth urface, and estimated the gift accordingto the spirit of the donor.Betty now came in, and Mrs. Harewoodgave her the money, telling her to buy somefrocks with it. Observing the servant eye4 te half-guinea, she said-" That was the giftMiss Ham n; she is very rich, it seems,and gives out Of her abundance. I am sureyou will be grateful to her; but if your fel-low-servants, Betty, should spare, out of thelittle time they have, enough to assist you inthe making of these things, they will be thebest friends you meet with; for labour ismuch greater charity than money."Betty replied, that she was much obligedail hier friends, both above and below, andpecially to poor Zebby, who had offered,.with her lady's leave, to sit up all night withher sister."She has not only my leave, but my ap-probation, especially as your accident hasrendered you unable. Tell Zebby I willspare her for a week, on this truly charitableoccasion."


THE BARBADOES GIRL.. *29With many thanks, Betty withdrew, andEllen was soon, like her mamma, busy withher needle. Mr. Harewood, drawing a celes-tial globe towards him, began to give hissons some instruction, which interested themexceedingly; all were employed, all hazpy,but Matilda, whose uneasiness was in lctconsiderably augmented by the idea of Zebbyleaving the house; for though she used herill, she had a regard for her, the extent ofwhich she was not aware of till now that herheart was a little softened, and her judgment"enlightened, by the transaction of the dayiAfter fidgeting about for ofie time, she atlength took up a needle and threaded it, andthen drawing more timidly towards Mrs.Harewood, she said-" I don't mind if I dosew a little bit."Eager to seize upon any good symptom;Mrs. Harewood gave her a little cap, care-fully doubled down, saying-" You see thisis double; in these countries, the babies, or.pickaninnies, as you call them, must be keptwarm.""I called that woman's twins pickanin-nies, because I thought she was poor-a kindof servant; we do not call white children so-only little negroes.""They are all the same with us; and willbe so with you,' I hope; by and by; indeedP' W.


30 THE BARBADOES GIRL.they always were with sensible good people.But, Matilda, what long stitches you aretaking! I shall have all your work to pickout again.""I believe I cannot sew, indeed."" So it appears; nor can you play a tune,not^ead a French lesson, nor write, nordraw: poor little girl! you have a greatdeal to learn: but, however, keep up yourspirits; if you are diligent and tractable, youwill conquer all your difficulties; humilityand industry will enable you to learn everyhing.""How very strange it is," said Matilda toherself, "that these people appear to pityme, instead of envying me, as they used todo in Barbadoes, and as I thought theywould do here! besides, they are not angrywith me, even when they find fault with me,and they seem to wish me to be good for thesake of being happy."These thoughts somewhat soothed the per-turbed- bosom of the poor child until the4hour of rest, when the remembrance of thegood-tempered negro's destination rose toher mind, and she lamented her absence, andblamed her exceedingly for leaving her to goafter a woman she had never seen in her life:but the next day, it was apparent that the les-son she had received was not lost upon her;


THE BARBADOES GIRL.81she appeared ashamed of her ignorance, andwilling to learn; and as all her young friendswere very willing to instruct her, in what-ever they had the power, she soon began tomake some progress in her education; shewas a child of good capacity, and, whenroused to exertion, unusually quick; tdbeing at an age when the mind expandsquickly, it was no wonder that she soon gaveevident marks of improvement. It was ob-served, that as her mind became enlightened,her manners were softened, and her petulanceless obtrusive, though she was seen to sufferdaily from the habitual violence of her tem-per, and the disposition to insolence, whichunchecked power is so apt to foster in youngm:inds.Mrs. Harewood found the care of Matildagreatly increase her task of managing herfamily, as one naughty child frequentlymakes another, by raising up a spirit of con-tention and ill-humour; and Charles was sofrequently led into sallies of passion, ortempted to ridicule the fault in his ilew com-panion, that his parents often lamented thatthey had accepted such a burdensome charge:but when they saw any symptoms of im-provement in her, they were ever happy tofoster the good seed; and in the conscious-ness that they were not only raising up a


32 THE BARBADOES GIRL.human mind to virtue and happiness, butpreparing an immortal soul for heaven, theythought little of their own trouble, and wereeven truly thankful that she had been in-trusted to their careful examination and affec-tionate discipline.CHAPTER IV.AT the end of the week, Zebby came home,according to appointment; and having paidher respects to her excellent lady, she ranup stairs, and entered the apartment wherethe two young ladies were getting the tasksassigned them by Mrs. Harewood. WhenMatilda first beheld her she had a greatinclination to embrace her, for her heartbounded towards the only creature she hadbeen acquainted with from her cradle; butshe suddenly checked herself, and pretendedto continue her reading; but Ellen spoke toher kindly, though she told her that she wasso situated, as not to be able to chat atpresent.Zebby comprehended this, and wouldhave withdrawn; but not +: have a singleword from her, whom in her heart she still


THE BARBADOES GIRL.considered as her young mistress, the faith-ul creature could not endure; after waitingome minutes in vain, she dropped a secondumble courtesy, and said-" How you do,issy? me very glad see you larn booky,ut me hopes you spare one look, o-eIvordy, for poor Zebby; me go away onelong weeky, to nurse white man baby,pretty as you, Missy.""Yes," said Matilda, reproachingly, "youWent away and left me very willingly,though it was to wait on a person you neversaw before.""Ah, Missy! you no lovee me, and poorwhite woman lovee me much. You makeeIbeer spit in my face-she givee me tea-gruel: ut of her own cup. You callee me blackeetle-she callee me good girly, good nursy,ood every ting."Matilda gave a deep sigh; she well re-nembered that it was on the very day ofer outrage that Zebby had quitted her, andher altered sense of justice, she could notelp seeing the truth of the poor negro'statement; she looked up, with an ingenuousense of error depicted on her countenance,nd said-" I am sorry, Zebby, that I usedou so ill, but I will never do it again."The poor African was absolutely as-onished, for never had the voice of conces-D 34


34 STHE BARBADOES GIRL.sion been heard from the lips of Matilda be-fore, even to her own parents; and the ideaof her humility and kindness in this ac-knowledgment so deeply affected the faithsful creature, that, after gazing at her in ad-miration f8r a moment, she burst into tears,and then ctLsping her hands, she exclaimed,in a broken manner-" Oh, tankee God!tankee God I pretty Missy be good girly atlast! her lovee her good mamma-her pitypoor negro-her go up stair when her die.Oh, me be so glad! great God lovee my dearMissy now !"Matilda felt the tears suffuse her own eyes,as the kind heart of her late faithful slavethus gave vent to its natural and devoutemotions; and she gave her hand to Zebby,who kissed it twenty times. Ellen was sodelighted with this proof of good dispositionin Matilda, and with the honest effusions ofthe poor negro, that she could not forbeargratifying her own affectionate little heart,by running to tell her dear mamma,' whotruly rejoiced in every proof of Matilda'samendment, and doubted not but it wouldprove the forerunner of virtue, in a childwho appeared convinced of her faults, anddesirous of improving herself.It was now near Christmas, and Mrs.Harewood was inquiring for a bording-


THE BARBADOES GIRL.8.5school where she could place Miss Hanson.She would have preferred to keep her athome, and have a governess, who might at-tend to the instructions necessary both forher and Ellen; but the bad temper and in-solent airs of Matilda had prevented this,as Mrs. Harewood could not bear the idea ofsubjecting an amiable young person, whomshe designed for that situation, to be tor-mented with such a girl. She knew that,in schools, two faults seldom fail to be cured:these are impertinence, or insolence, andaffectation-one rendering a person disagree-able, the other ridiculous; and every mem-ber in the community of which a school con-sists, is ready to assist the ruler in punishingthe one, and laughing at the other.One morning, when Matilda got out ofbed, she went to look whether the morningwas fine, and the moment she got to thewindow, eagerly cried out, in great surprise--" Ellen, Ellen! get up this moment, andcome to the window; the whole world iscovered with white! and see, there are thou-sands and thousands of little white featherscoming from the skies, as if the angels wereemptying feather-beds upon the earth.""It snows," said Ellen, calmly; "I rec-ollect my papa told us you had never seenit snow.". ** S X


86 THE BARBADOES GIRL."What is snow?""We will ask Edmund; he can tell youmuch better than I can."The surprising appearance thus witnessed,induced Matilda to hasten down stairs whereEdmund was writing his Latin exercise.-"Do pray "tell me," she cried, "what snowis, and why I never saw it before ?""Snow," said Edmund, "is nothing butdrops of rain, which, in passing through thecold air, become congealed or frozen. Ifyou take this pretty light substance intoyour warm hand, it will melt and become arain-drop again."As Edmund spoke, he opened the windowa very little way, caught some snow, andshowed her the effect he spoke of."But why did I never see this in Bar-badoes ?"" Because Barbadoes lies nearer to the sun'than England, and is much warmer, even inwinter; therefore the rain-drops never passthrough that region of cold air which freezesthem in northern climates. If you were togo farther north, you would find still more-snow and ice, the same I saw you lookingiat yesterday. I will lend you a little boolkwhere you will see a description of a palaceof ice, and of whole mountains of 'snow,called Glaciers; and, if you please, I will


THE BARBADOES GIRL.87show you that part of the globe, or earth, inwhich those effects begin to take place.But, my dear Ellen, pray lend Matilda yourtippet, for she looks as much frozen as thesnow; she must take great care of herself inthis cold climate."Ellen threw the pinafore she was goingto put on over the neck of the shudderingMatilda, and then ran nimbly before themtowards the globe, on which Edmund wasgoing to lecture, neither of them looking inMatilda's face; but Charles, who just thenhappened to enter, perceived that silenttears were coursing each other down hercheek. His compassion was moved; he ap-prehended that the cold, which he felt him-self to be severe, had made her ill, and heinquired what was' the matter with her, in atone of real commiseration."I am so-so very ignorant," said Ma-tilda, sobbing." Oh, that's it!" cried Charles, gaily;then you and I may shake hands, for I amignorant too.""Oh no, European children know everything, but I am little better than a negro; Ifind what your mamma said was very true--I know nothing at all.""Dear Matilda, how can you say so?"said Edmund; though you have not read as;.hv o eda


38 THE BARBADOES GIRL.much as we have, yet you have seen a greatdeal more than any of us, and you are theyoungest of the company, you know. Con-sider, you have crossed the Atlantic Ocean,seen groves of orange-trees and spices grow,and the whole process of sugar-making. Youknow the inside of a ship as well as a house,and we never saw any thing better than asloop, or sailed any where but on the Thames.""Besides," said Charles, "you have seenmonkeys and parrots, and many other crea-tures, in their own country, and many curiousfish on your voyage. Oh, you understandnatural history much better than we do."" And if you understand nothing at all,"added Ellen, kindly pressing her hand,"mamma says it is only wiYlfl ignorancethat is blameable."Matilda wept still more while the childrenthus tried to comfort her. This distressedthem all; but they rejoiced to see their pa-rents enter the room, persuaded that theywould be able to comfort her better, andEllen instantly besought their attention tothe subject by. relating as much of the fore-going conversation as was necessary."No, no, it is not exactly that I am cryingfor," said Matilda, interrupting her; "it isbecause I have been so very naughty, andyou are all so-so-so---"


THE BARBADOES GIRL. ~So what, my dear?" said Mr. Harewood,drawing her towards him, and placing herby his side, in the same manner he was ac-customed to let Ellen stand, when she wasmuch in his favour.The action, however kindly meant, for atime redoubled her tears; and the children,understanding their mamma's look, withdrewto the room where they usually breakfasted,without the least symptom of discontent, al-though they perceived their mamma fill acup of tea for Matilda at her own table.When they were gone, and the little girlhad somewhat recovered, Mr. Harewoodwhispered her-" Did you mean to say, mydear, that my children were so clever, or soproud, or so what ?"" Oh, sir, they are so good! that was whatI wanted to say; for there was Edmund whoalways looked so grave, and was poring overhis books, he talked to me quite kindly, andnever made the least game of me, for all Imust look like a fool in his eyes, who hasseen the snow all his life. And then Charles,who is so full of fun and nonsense, and whoI always thought could not abide me, hespoke to me as if he was sorry for me, andmade it out that we were both ignorantalike; and when I remembered how I hadlooked at them, and behaved to them, I felt


40 THE BARBADOES GIRL.as if my heart would break. Ellen is al-ways so good, that I did not think so muchof her kindness, but nobody knows--"Again the repentant girl wept, and atlength with difficulty proceeded-" Nobodyknows how dearly I love her, and you too."She received the kindest assurances fromboth Mr. and Mrs. Harewood of their affec-tion, and that they fully believed she wouldconquer her bad temper, now she saw howmuch it was not, only her duty, but happi-ness to do so; and Mr. IHarewood assuredher that he had no doubt, but in the courseof a few years, he should see her as sensible,good, and well-informed, as his own children."And then I shall not be an object ofpity, sir ?""No, you will be one of affection andesteem."" Oh, I doubt that must never, never be "'"Never despair; though you have manybattles with yourself, yet never relinquishthe hope of final conquest, and be assuredyou will find every victory easier than thelast. When you find pride rising in yourheart, think on your ignorance, and it willmake you humble; and when you are in-clined to be angry with those around you,remember what you have this day confessedrespecting their kindness, and it will make


THE BARBADOES GIRL.41you bear with the present vexation; and ifat any time you are discomfited in any pur-suit, either of virtue or knowledge, recollectwhat I now say, that, with many faults, yetyou have some merit, and may therefore rea-sonably hope to attain more.""Have I indeed ?" said the now-humbledgirl." Yes, you have an inquiring mind, whichis one great step towards the attainment ofknowledge, and you are sincere and open-hearted, which enables your friends to seewhat is the real bent of your disposition, andto give you the advice really necessary; andI hope, with this groundwork of good, youwill be a very different girl when yourmother again sees you."Mr. Harewood left Matilda quieted, butdeeply impressed by what he had said.CHAPTER V.FROM this time, Matilda felt as if her heartwas lightened of a heavy load, and shelooked up to Mr. and Mrs. Harewood asfriends, whom it was her duty to obey,and her privilege to love; and to the


42 THE BARBADOES GIRL.children, as brothers, whose pleasures wereas dear to her as her own; and the warmthand openness of her temper naturally ledher to display more than usual friendship,wherever she professed it at all. Happily,with all her faults, she was neither mean,artful, nor deceitful; so that the worst partof her disposition lay open to the obser-vation of those good friends, who, likeskilful physicians, only wounded to cureher.The errors of Matilda were those which/never fail to attach to extreme indulgence--pride, impetuosity, haughtiness, insolence,and idleness. Accustomed to consider allaround her as born for her use and amuse-ment, she commanded where she shouldhave entreated, and resisted where sheought to have obeyed; but when she foundthat her wealth, power, and consequencewere unknown, or utterly disregarded, andthat she could only be esteemed for hergood qualities, even her self-love tended tocure her of her idleness; and instead, ofdrawling out-" Zebby, bring me this,""You fool, fetch me the other," she ad-* ministered to her own wants, a.d obtainedher wishes at so much less expense than shehad once thought possible, 1fat even herown convenience taught her the wisdom of


THE BARBADOES GIRL.43waiting upon herself. She imputed thechange, which could not fail to be remarked,to the climate-and unquestionably it ismore easy and pleasant to be active in a coldcountry, than a hot one; but her friendswere well aware that the change in hermind was greater than that of her country,and they forwarded this happy effect, byrendering the studies in which she engagedas delightful to her as possible, in order that,by prosecuting them, she might become lessliable to rest her happiness on the vainpomp, useless show, and tyrannical power,which were wont to delight her.As, however, all bad habits are slowlyeradicated, and it by no means follows thateven the error we have lamented and ac-knowledged should be so torn from the heartthat no traces remain, so it would happen,from time to time, that Matilda would flyinto violent passions with the servantsaround her, as with her young companions;and even when these were suppressed, shewas apt to give herself airs of importance,and descant on the privileges she enjoyed inher own country, where she was fannedwhen she was hot, by slaves upon theirknees, and borne about in a stately palan-quin; -where the most exquisite fruits werecontinually presented to court her palate;


44 THE BARBADOES GIRL.and the most costly dresses that moneycould procure purchased to please her;where every slave trembled at her anger, orrejoiced in her smile; and where she wouldone day return to reign as absolute as anempress."Well," said Ellen, one night as this con-versation took place in the play-room, "Imust own I should like to live at Barbadoesfor one thing-I should like to set all theslaves at liberty, and dress their littlechildren, and make all happy; as to all theother good things and grand things, I reallythink we have quite sufficient of them athome; for I suppose there are no morebooks nor charities in your country thanours, Matilda; and surely there can be nogreater pleasure in this world, than readingthe 'Parent's Assistant,' and giving clothesand food to poor children when they arereally hungry and starving ?""Certainly not," cried Charles; "dependupon it, Ellen, England is the finest land inthe world; and though I should like to seeoranges and pine-apples grow, I confess, andthe poor slaves at their merry meeting, alldancing away, with their woolly heads andwhite teeth, as happy as princes, yet, dependupon it, there is nothing else half so beau-tiful as with us. England is unquestionably


THE BARBADOES GIRL.45the most beautiful, excellent, rich, delightfulcountry upon the globe."As Charles spoke, he fixed his eyes uponEdmund; for although the ardour of hisspirits rendered him a great dealer in posi-tive assertions, he was yet so conscious ofhis inferiority in knowledge to his eldestbrother, that he seldom felt satisfied withthem, unless they were stamped by hisbrother's approbation.Edmund, in answer to his appealing eye,said-" I am as well convinced as you canbe, Charles, that England combines moreadvantages than any other country, and thatwe either have in ourselves, or obtain fromother countries, whatever is most worthy ofpossession; and the two good things whichEllen considers the greatest pleasures of ex-istence, are undoubtedly to be had here inperfection; but I must own I should like tosee Barbadoes prodigiously, for a propertywhich none of you have yet mentioned."" What, have not I mentioned it?" saidMatilda."No, Matilda; you have been so muchtaken up with fine verandas, grand dinners,kneeling slaves, luxurious palanquins, orangegroves, and delicious sweOtmeats, that youhave never once boasted of your pure air,and the glories of your evening sky, where


46 THE BARBADOES GIRL.all the planets shine with such a glowinglustre, that, Mr. Edwards tells us, Venus isthere a kind of moon, in the light she shedsupon the earth, and those stars which arescarcely to be discerned here, are beheld inthat enchanting air as bright as the stars ofOrion with us.""Well," cried Charles, "that must all bebecause Barbadoes, and the other West Indiaislands, are so much nearer the sun, and Icannot say I have any desire to be in such ahot neighbourhood."" No, Charles, that is not the reason; foralthough it is the fact, yet you cannot sup-pose that their difference can be perceptible,in thatrespect, to those heavenly bodies whichappear to resemble only diamond sparks,from their immense distance. The brilliancyof which I speak arises from the greaterpurity of the air: we frequently see objectshere through a kind of veil, which, thoughtoo thin to be perceptible, has yet its effectupon all objects: in some cases it alters, orrather bestows, a colour which does notproperly belong to them; frequently impairstheir form and beauty, but sometimes addsto their sublimity, and invests them with im-posing greatness, proportioned to the obscu-rity with which they are enveloped."" I don't understand all that Edmund says,"


THE BARBADOES GIRL. 47observed Ellen, "but I should be glad toknow whether something is not the matterwith the sun when it looks copper-colourlike the lid of a stewpan; because in summer-time, I remember, when we were out in thefields, it used to be bright golden yellow, soglorious and full of shine, as it were, thatlooking at it, even for a moment, made myeyes ache, and thousands of black and greenspots to come into them.""MVy dear Ellen, though.you did not un-derstand all the words I used, it is yet plain-you did comprehend the sense, as you havebrought forward an example of this effect ofthe atmosphere, which we all witness everyday; the fogs and exhalations through whichwe view the sun hre the cause of that dingyappearance you remark: and even in thesummer-time, as the sun descends, you mayperceive he beomes more and more red anddark as he approaches the horizon. I havetherefore no doubt but the veil, or vapourysubstance, of which I speak, is but a littledistance from the earth; for I observe, thatas the sun rises into the heavens, he growsmore brilliant from surmounting this veil.""Did you find'this out of yourself Ed-mund ?""I noticed it one day to papa, and he ex-plained it; he told me, too, that all the beau-


48 THE BARBADOES GIRL.tiful variety of colours which we observe inthe setting sun must be imputed to thiscause; he taught me at the same time todistinguish shadows in the water by reflec-tion, and those which are refracted, and manyother things, which rendered me much more'delighted with the country than I had everbeen before, and more fond of dear papa fortaking the trouble to inform me.""Well then," said Ellen, "when we godown to Richmond next summer, you mustexplain every thing to us, and we will loveyou better than ever, dear Edmund; and Iwill say the Ode to Eton College to you inmy very best manner; perhaps Matilda willbe able to say it before then, and- "" Go on, Ellen.""I want to know-we want to know whatit means in that poem, where it says,'Grateful Science still adoresHer Henry's holy shade.'What is a holy shade, Edmund ?""It is a poetical expression, my dear,meaning that we of the present day aregrateful to the founder, Henry the Sixth,who was a religious, and probably a learnedman, although very unfortunate as a king.i" Oh," cried Ellen, "I remember all abouthim; he was deposed by Edward the Fourth,IZIII II: IZI Ij


THE BARB1ADOES GIRL,49whose two sons were afterwards murderedin the Tower by their wicked uncle, Richardthe Third.""I remember that," said Matilda, timidly,yet with that kind of pleasure which indi-cated a sense of approaching her superior inknowledge, and being sensible that this wasthe only kind of superiority worth possessing.Scarcely, however, had she spoken, whenCharles, throwing himself into a theatricalattitude, exclaimed-" Ay! but do you re-member the man that looked like him-tothis same Henry, 'Who drew Priam's cur-tains in the dead of night, and would have toldhim half his Troy was burnt ?'""No, indeed," said both the girls, staring.Charles burst into a loud laugh at their in-nocent surprise at his violent gesticulationand grimace."I know what you mean," said Ellen,rather poutingly; "yes, I know it very well,though I don't choose to talk about thingsof that kind, because I have always beentold that none but ignorant and foolish peo-ple did so.""But I entreat you," said Charles, "totell me what you think I mean, for I amsure you surprise me now as much as I didyou.'"Why, I suppose Henry's holy shadeE 4k ',F ..


50 THE BARBADOES GIRL.means spirit, and it was that which drewPriam's curtains in the dead of night, (orwhich he thought did,) though it was prob-ably only the housemaid."Again Charles burst into an immoderatefit of laughter, exclaiming-" Housemaid !admirable! upon my word, Ellen, you havefound a personage in the old king's estab-lishment Homer never thought of.""' I never read Homer," said Ellen, simply."No, child, you need not tell us that,"continued Charles, most provokingly con-tinuing to laugh, until poor Ellen was com-pletely disconcerted, and looked in the faceof Edmund with such an appealing air, thathe assumed a look of much more serious re-monstrance than was usual as he thus ad-dressed his brother-" You may laugh aslong as you please, sir, but your whole con-duct in this affair has shown so much lessknowledge, as well as good sense, than Ellenherself has displayed, that really I shouldnot wonder if a moment's recollection madeyou cry as heartily as you now laugh.""Indeed!" said Charles, suddenly stop-ping."Yes, indeed! In the first place, therecan be surely no doubt but you and I haveread a great deal more than the girls, andcould at any time puzzle and dittress them


THE BARBADOES GIRL.51by various quotations; but when they makeinquiries to increase their own stock ofknowledge, it is our duty, and ought to beour pleasure, to give them information, notconfusion, which you evidently intended todo; besides, it is rude, almost inhuman, tooppress any person, even by the possessionof that which is in itself praiseworthy; andas the end of all conversation is, or ought tobe, improvement, a person who in any man-ner checks the spirit of inquiry and free dis-cussion, hinders that end. We all knowthat English history is all that Ellen hasdipped into, and in the little she presumed toutter on the subject, she was perfectly cor-rect; whereas yo'l, in your exhibition ofmore reading, made a palpable error, sinceHomer names maids repeatedly as belongingto the palace, and we cannot doubt theirbeing employed as our housemaids are, sincetI-eir offices are often particularized."" A mighty piece of work, truly," saidCharles, " for just quoting two lines of Shaks-peare !" No, no, Charles, 'tis not for the quota-tion, but the manner, and you cannot butsee yourself how erroneous an idea was takenup in consequence; how often does papa saypeople can never be too plain and simple,too downright and unequivocal, in their ex-


52 THE BARBADOES GIRL.planations to children, otherwise they plantwords rather than ideas in their minds, andcreate a confusion which it may take manya year of after-thought to unravel ?""I was very foolish," said Charles, lookingat Ellen with the air of one that wonderedhow it had been possible to give pain to thatlittle gentle heart, which sought only to be-stow pleasure on all around it. He wasabout to speak, but before he had time, hisfond sister had read his heart, and throwingher arms around his neck, she exclaimed-"I know you meant nothing, dear Charles;no, I know you didn't; only you are so fondof being funny."The eyes of Charles did indeed now twin-kle with a tear; and Matilda, who was quickto discern, and acute in all her feelings, wasmuch affected. When they retired, she re-volved all the conversation in her mind;she saw clearly that virtue and knowledgewere the only passports to happiness; andthe remembrance of her mother's desire toteach her various things, which she hadeither shunned from idleness, or rejectedwith insolence and ill-humour, rose to hermind; and the unhappy indulgence of herfather appeared to her in far different coloursto what she had ever beheld it. She becamefrequently disturbed, and full of painful re-


THE BARBADOES GIRL.53flection; yet she evidently took much painsin attaining knowledge of the task assignedher, and in conquering those risings of tem-per which were become inherent in hermind. Notwithstanding her frequent fits ofabstraction, in which it was evident somegreat grief was uppermost in her mind, yet, asher nature led her to be communicative, andshe was never subject to be sullen, the familydid not press her to reveal her trouble, think-ing that at the proper time she would reposeconfidence in them; and accordingly, as she.sat one day alone with Mrs. Harewood, the fol-lowing conversation took place between them.m CHAP R VI.MATILDA, after a long silence, in which shewas endeavouring, but in vain, to arrangeher ideas and calm the incessant beating ofher heart, said, timidly and abruptly, withher eyes fixed on the carpet--" Do you think,ma'am, that if Ellen had ever been very,very n'aughty and saucy to you, who are sogood to her, that you could ever really inyour heart forgive her ?""I certainly should consider it my duty


54 THE BARBADOES GIRL.to punish her for her disobedience, by with-holding my usual expressions of love andmy general indulgences from her; but Ishould undoubtedly forgive her, because, inthe first place, God has commanded me toforgive all trespasses, and in the second, myheart would be drawn naturally towards myown child.""But surely, dear Mrs. IHarewood, it isworse for an own child to behave ill to aparent than any other person ?""Undoubtedly, my dear, for it unites thecrime of ingratitude to that of disobedience;besides, it is cruel and unnatural to be guiltyof insolence and hard-heartedness towardsthe hand which has reared and fostered usall our lives-which has loved us in despiteof our faults-watched over our infancy-instructed our childh d-nursetus in sick-ness, and prayed for before we could prayfor ourselves.""My mamma has done all this for me athousand times," cried Matilda, bursting intotears of bitter contrition, which, for sometime, Mrs. Itarewood suffered to flow un-restrained; at length she checked herself,but it was only to; vent her sorrow by>-self-accusation-" Oh, ma'am! you cannot thinkhow very ill I have behaved to my dear,dear mother-I have been saucy to her, and


THE BARBADOES GIRL.55bad to every body about me; many a timehave I vexed her on purpose; and whenshe scolded me, I was so pert and disobe-dient-you can form no idea how bad I was.If she spoke ever so gently to me, I used totell my papa she had been scolding me, andthen he would blame her and justify me;and many a time I have heard deep sighs,that seemed to come from the very bottomof her heart, and the tears would stand inher sweet eyes as she looked at me. Oh,wicked, wicked child that I was, to grievesuch a good mamma! and now we are partedsuch a long, long way, and I cannot beg herpardon-I cannot show her that I am tryingto be good; perhaps she may die, as poorpapa did, and I shall never, never see hermore."The agonies of the repentant girl, as thisafflictive thought came over her min, aroseto desperation; and Mrs. Harewro, whofelt much for her, endeavoured tobestowsome comfort upon her; but poor Matilda,who was ever violent, even in her betterfeelings, could not, for a long time, listen tothe kind voice of her consoler-she couldonly repeat her own faults, recapitulate all-:the crimes she had been guilty of, and dis-:play, in all their native hideousness, suchtraits of ill-humour, petulance, ungovernable


E56 THE BARBADOES GIRL.fury, outrageous passion, and vile revenge, asare the natural offspring of the human heart,when its bad propensities are matured byindulgence, particularly in those warmcountries, where the mind partakes thenature of the soil, and slavery in one race of' beings gives power to all the bad passionsof another.At length the storm of anguish so far gaveway, that Mrs. Iarewood was able to com-mand her attention, and she seized thisprecious season of penitence and humility toimprint the leading truths of Christianity,and those plain and invaluable doctrineswhich are deducible from them, and evidentto the capacity of any sensible child, withoutleading from the more immediate object ofher anxiety; as Mrs. Harewood very justlyconcluded, that if she saw her error as achild, and could be brought to conquer herfaults such, it would include every virtueto be pected at her time of life, and wouldlay the foundation of all those which we es-timate in the female character." Oh," cried Matilda, sobbing, if I couldkneel at her feet, if I could humble myselflower than the lowest negro to my dearmamma, and once hear her say she forgaveme, I could be comforted; but I do notlike to be comforted without this; I am


THE BARBADOES GIRL.57angry at myself, and I ought to be an-gry.""But, my dear little girl," replied Mrs.IHarewood, " though you cannot thus humbleyourself in your body, yet you are consciousthat you are humbled in your mind, andthat your penitence will render you guardedfor the time to come; and let it be yourconsolation to know, though your motheris absent, the ears of your heavenly Fatherare ever open to your sorrows; and that,if you lament your sins to him, he willassuredly accept your repentance, and dis-pose the heart of your dear mother to ac-cept it also. I sincerely pity you, not asheretofore, for your folly, but for your sor-row; and in order to enable you to compre-hend what I mean by repenting before God,I will compose you a short prayer, whichwill both express your feelings, and remindyou of your duty towards yourself a yourmother." ,Matilda received this act of kindne romher good friend with real gratitude;; andwhen she had committed it to memory, andadopted it in addressing Almighty God, shefound her spirits revive, with the hope that.aB. should one day prove worthy of thatd parent, whom, when she lived withIl.her, she was too apt to slight and disobey.Pn


58 THE BARBADOES GIRL.As her judgment became more enlightened,she saw more clearly into the errors of herpast education, and became perfectly awarethat the love of her too-indulgent father hadbeen productive of innumerable pains, aswell as faults. She found herself muchmore happy now than she had ever been inher life; yet she had never so few in-dulgences-she had no slaves to wait on her,no little black children to execute her com-mands and submit to her temper; she wasnot coaxed to the dainties of a luxurioustable, nor had costly clothes spread beforeher to court her choice, nor any foolishfriend to repeat all she said, as if she were aprodigy of wit and talent; and all thesethings, she well remembered, were accordedto her as a kind of inheritance in Bar-badoes; but, along with them, she rememn-bere having violent passions, in which shecom ted excesses, for which she after-war d elt keen remorse, because she sawhow tey wounded her mother, and shamedeven her doting father-ill-humour and lowspirits, that rendered every thing irksome toher, and many pains and fevers, from whichshe was now entirely free; and she found,in the conversation, books, and instructionsof her young friends, amusement to whichnothing she had enjoyed before would bear


THE BARBADOES GIRL.59comparison; for what in life is so delightfulas knowledge, except the sense of havingperformed some particular benefit to ourfellow-creatures ?CHAPTER VIIIT will be readily sunposed that, with thehopes now entertained of Matilda's conduct,Mrs. Harewood did notTsitate to providethe governess we have spoken of, and ac-cordingly Miss Campbell was soon estab-lished in the family.She found Matilda rapid in her ideas,persevering in her pursuits, but prone toresentment on every trifling occasion, andstill subject to finding herself cause for re-pentance. On these occasions Miss Camp-bell copducted herself with composure anddignity, as if she considered a petulant childbelow the notice of a sensible woman: bythis means the pride of the culprit washumbled; she was taught to retread herfirst steps, and perceive that she was an in-significant being, obliged to the suffrage ofher friends, and only capable of being valu-able in proportion to her docility andamiable;oQnduct.


1160 THE BARBADOES GIRL.Mrs. Harewood had been accustomed togive her children the treat of a ball atChristmas; but on this year she put it offuntil midsummer, partly because she wasafraid, in so large a party, and with suchvarious dispositions, Matilda might not beable to conduct herself with perfect pro-priety during a whole evening, and partlybecause she wished her to learn to dance;for although this was, in her eyes, a verysecondary ac ishment, when comparedto solid knowl le, yet, as a healthful andinnocent amusement, and called for in orderto form the person in that station of life in.which Matilda was likely to move, she de-sired to see her acquire at least as much ofit as would preserve her from the appear-ance of awkwardness. It was an object ofanxiety with this truly maternal friend tosave her from all unnecessary mortification,at the same time she earnestly desired to seeher tractable, humble, and gentle.Time now passed away pleasantly, for allwere occupied, and therefore ha t: theidle are subject to many errors, and there-fore many"sorrows, from which the busy areexempt.The good governess studied the temperand disposition of her pupils, and drew themforth in the happiest manner; not. by ma-


THE BARBADOES GIRL.61king exhibitions of their attainments toothers, but by showing them what wasnecessary to themselves for their improve-ment. She considered the work of educa-tion as sowing good seed, which shall springup with vigour in advancing life, in propor-tion to the depth of the soil and its prepara-tion for receiving it.Whilst Miss Campbell inculcated thosebranches of polite learningyhich give agrace to virtue, she was st lore desirousof inculcating virtue itself, ly grafting it onreligious principle, and that "fear of God,which is the beginning of wisdom."The children of Mrs. Harewood had beentaught, from their earliest days, that pru-dence and charity must go hand in hand;but it remained for Miss Campbell to im-press this salutary troth on the mind of,Matilda, who was naturally very generous,but debased that feeling by ostentation, andever sought to indulge it with a vain andhurtftL.^profusion, until she became en-lighte/la[ by her young preceptress, wholikewise, in many other poifits, regulatedthose desires in her pupils which blend goodand evil, and require a firm and delicatemanagement. She was very solicitous torender them active, both personally andmentally, knowing that the health of both


62 TIHE BARBADOES GIRL.body and mind depends upon their due ex-ercise, and that a taste for study is yet per-fectly compatible with those various exer-tions to which the duties of a woman alwayscall her, in whatever sphere she may haveoccasion to move.Miss Campbell wished to save her pupilsalike from that perpetual fidgetiness, whichrenders so many females-unable to amusethemselves for a single hour, unless theirhands, feet, atl tonue are employed, andthat pertinaciousiove of reading, which ren-ders them utterly unable to enter into thecommon claims of society, while a new storyis perused, or a new study developed; sheconsidered these errors as diseases in themental habit it was her duty to prevent oreradicate, since they must be ever inconsist-ent with general duty and individual happi-ness.Time passed-the vacation arrived, andthe young people had the prlasure of allmeeting again. Matilda was nearly as gladas Ellen to see Edmund and Charles, who,on their own parts, were much improved,and delighted to find the girls so. Matildawas in every respect altered, and althoughshe had not Ellen's sweetness of temper, yetshe had greatly conquered her propensity topassion, was very obliging in her general


THE BARBADOES GIRL.63manners, and considerate to her inferiors,and attached to Ellen, her governess, and Mr.and Mrs. Harewood, with a tenderness andgratitude that was very amiable and evenaffecting.CHAPTER VIII.ONE day, when Edmund and Charles hadbeen at home about a week, the latter raneagerly into the sitting-parlour, crying out-" Oh, mamma there is Betty's sister downstairs, with the poor little twins in her arms,which were born just when Matilda came;they have short frocks now, but I perceivethey have no shoes: suppose we young onessubscribe, and buy them some, poor things!there is my eighteen-penny piece for shoes,mamma-shoes, and hats too, if we can raisemoney enough."Mrs. Harewood could not help smiling atCharles's eagerness, as she remembered theuseful mortification he had experienced thelast time his charity was called upon; andas she took up the money, she observedto him- "I am glad to see this, Charles; it,is a proof you are more provident than youused to be; and, with your propensity to* i:


64 THE B3ARBADOES GIRL.spending, it requires no little effort to save,in a large school, where there are alwaysmany temptations. I think your proposal isa very good one; and whilst I am collectingthe money, pray step down stairs, and tellBetty to bring up the little innocents-weshall all be glad to see them."Charles flew out of the room, and in lessthan a minute returned with the mother,carrying a babe in each arm. She was avery decent woman, the widow of a soldier,who died before his poor children were born;she now endeavoured to maintain herselfand them by taking in washing, togetherwith the pay of the parish, which, althoughsmall, she received very thankfully, andmanaged very carefully."Look, mamma! what pretty little feetthey have," cried Ellen; " I am sure Charleswas a good boy to think about shoes forthem-was it not very kind of him, Matilda ?because you know little boys seldom lovelittle babies so much as girls do."Matilda answered " yes," mechanically, forher mind was abstracted, and affected by theremembrance this scene was calculated to in-spire. Mrs. Harewood, feeling for her evi-dent embarrassment, sent the poor womandown stairs to take some refreshment, andthen laid a three-shilling piece, as her owni


THE BARBADOES GIRL.65share of the contribution, besides Charles'ssubscription on the table.Edmund laid a shilling on the table, say-ing-' If more is wanted, I will give youanother with great pleasure: I hope, mamma,you know that I will ?""Yes, Edmund, I do know that you willdo any thing in your power, for you are reg-ular and prudent, as well as a kind-heartedboy, and therefore have always got some-thing to spare for the wants of others; I per-ceive, too, that you have the good sense toexamine the nature of the claim made uponyou, and that you give accordingly; you areaware, and I wish all the young ones to beso likewise, that this, although an act ofcharity, is not called for by any immediatedistress; it is not one of those cases whichwring the heart and drain the purse, for thepoor woman is neither unprovided withlodgings nor food, and we ought always tokeep some hing for the sake of sufferers ofthat descri ion: I wish you, children, to befree and liberal, for we are told in the scrip-tures that God loveth a cheerful giver;'but, in order to render you also frequentgivers, you must be prudent ones.""I have only one shilling in the world,"said Ellen, laying it on the table." Then sixpence is as much as you ought5


66 THE BARBADOES GIBL.to give," said Mrs. Harewood, giving her asixpence in change, when, observing thatshe took it with an air of reluctance,she said-" My ^ Ellen, b atisfiedyou are a littl irl, and have not haliyour brother's allowance, you know-it issufficient."While this was passing, Matilda had beenfumbling in her pocket, and blushing exces-sively; her mind was full of painful recollec-tions, yet fraught with gleams of satisfaction;but she wished very much to do two verycontrary things, and whilst she still hesitated,Miss Campbell said-" Here is another six-pence, ma'am, which I will take, and give-you an eighteen-pence, as I wish to give youa shilling, with Edmund's proviso.""But," said Matilda, with a mixture ofeagerness and hesitation, "then there willbe no change for me, and I wish to give thesame as Ellen; don't I want chane, ma'am ?I-I believe I do." 5There was, in this confusion, a the blushwhich deepened in her cheek, a Somethingwhich showed Mrs. Harewood a great dealof what was passingin the mind of this self-convicted, but co;ipsionate and ingenuousgirl. Mrs. Har wod took her shilling, andreturned her six ence, which she evidentlyreceived with pain, but an effort to smile,


THE BARBADOES GIRL.67Ad:r Ellen had done, in return for the smile'of her-mamma.^ After a short pause, Mrs. Harewood said:' Wel4Matilda, your delicacy is now sat-.sfied--you have not affected any displayof humanity, or ostentatious exhibition ofwealth, in order to humble your youngfriends; but I perceive your heart is not sat-isfied; that heart is really interested in thesebabes, and, conscious that it is in your powerto do more, you are mortified at stoppingshort of your own wishes and thor wants."' Oh dear, ma'am," replied Matilda, "youhave read all the thoughts of my heart, (atleast all but one,) and if you think it right,iand Ellen will not think me proud, I willindeed be very glad if you will accept acrown for my subscription."*"I shall receive it with pleasure; and Ican venture to assure you, that my childrenwill neithl feel envy, anger, nor any otheremotion, lceptjoy, at seeing the little ob-"jects of tleir care benefited, and you happy;for they have been taught only to value suchactions, according to the motive in one party,and their usefulness to the other: but, Ma-tilda, if it is not a very great secret, I shouldbe glad to know what that one other thoughtin your heart was, which I did not guess,upon this occasion ?"


68 THE BARBADOES GIRL.Matilda did not find this question so easyof reply as Mrs. Harewood had expected itto be; she blushed and hung down her head;but, on perceiving that Mrs. Harewood waTgoing to release her from all necessity ofreply, she struggled to conquer what shedeemed a weakness in herself, and answeredthus-' Why, my dear madam, I was think-ing what a little proud, stubborn, ill-behavedgirl I was, at the time when these twins wereborn, and we first made a subscription forthis poor woman; I remembered, too, howmiserable I was, and altogether how much Ihad to lament, and I felt as if I could liketo do something, to prove how thankful Iam to God for bringing me into a family likeyours, where every day of my life I maylearn something good, and where I haveteen a great deal mqre happy than ever Iwas before, even in the house with my ownparents."X Matilda stopped a moment, s if shethought her confession had perhaps infringedon her duty; but recollecting that all herpast sorrow had been laid to the properaccount, which was her own bad temper andpride, she again proceeded in it."When I thought on these things, I cameclose up to you; but my heart beat so quick,I could not speak, or else I had a guinea inn


10,THE BARBADOES GIRL. 69my hand, the last my dear mamma gave me,and I wished very much to give you that;but then the memory of my foolish pride,the last time, came again into my mind-Ibecame ashamed, and determined in allthings to be guided by Ellen, who is almosta year older than I, and a great deal better."" No, no-not better," said Ellen, warmly;;and even her brothers, who loved her very'dearly, struck with tlie same admiration ofMatilda's frankness and generosity, ex-claimed-" You are as good as Ellen now,Matilda-indeed you are !"ris. ITarewood, tenderly kissing her, as-" sifi her of her approbation, saying-"All; ou have said, my dear, tends decidedly to;'trve that your mind is indeed properlyiflmpressed with your duty both towards Godand man, and that you have the most sinceredesire to conquer those faults which youhave, alrady greatly amended; therefore Iam dtmnined to permit you to exerciseyour" benevolence, in the most extensivemanner that your heart could wish, knowing,as I do, that your fortune is fully equal to anyact of charity,. and that your good mammawill not fail to approve of it."(-Thank you, thank you, dear Mrs. Hare-wooC! oh, you are my English mother, and. I love you much more than any other per-


70 THE BARBADOES GIRL.son in the world, except my Barbadoesmamma."The children eagerly crowded round theirmother's chair, to hear what the good newswas, which promised to benefit Sally, andmake Matilda happy."I know," said Mrs. Harewood, "that thepurchase of a mangle would set up the poorwoman in her profession as a washerwoman,and enable her to earn at least ten shillingsa-week more. It was my intention to pur-chase one for her myself at Christmas; butI could not do it before, as my charity-pursehas been very much run upon lately. WhenMr. Harewood comes in, I will ask for themoney, and to-morrow we will all go in thecoach, and see Matilda purchase it: but, mydear girl, suppose you just step and informthe poor woman of your intention, which Iam certain you had rather do without wit-nesses; it will not only increase her pleasure,but enable her to prepare her apartment forsuch a noble and useful piece of furniture."Matilda left the room, but returned almostimmediately."You have been very quick," said Ellen,in rather a murmuring voice; "I wantedto know what she said and how she lookedwhen you told her the good news.""I did not speak to her myself-I corn


THE BARBADOES GIRL.71missioned Zebb.y to do it, for I knew itwould give her quite as much pleasure as thepoor woman herself could receive; andsurely she has a right to receive every goodI cab bestow, as a slight atonement for thepain I have so very frequently given her."Scarcely had Matilda given this proof ofconsideration and amiable feeling, when Sallyand Zebby rushed into the room together,followed by Betty, who was truly gratefulfor the kindness thus bestowed on her sister.Sally, with tears of joy, thanked her youngbenefactress; her words were few, but theywere those of respect and thankfulness, andshowed she was deeply sensible of the benefitshe experienced.Poor Zebby, delighted with the goodnessof her young mistress, audibly expressed herpleasure, with all the characteristic warmth: her country, and not a little proud ofthose virtues which she fancied she hadassisted to nurture.-" Oh" cried she, "disbe my own beautiful Mfissy own goodness;she makee joy 'h her, mmamma heart; shemakee poor negro all happy-singee anddancee every body; no more whip, massaBuckraman-every body delight-everybody glad-every body good Christian, whenMissy go back!"The spontaneous effusion of jy, uttered


72 THE BARBADOES GIRL.by this daughter of nature, affected all theparty, and the joyful bustle had not subsidedwhen Mr. Harewood entered. On beinginformed of the cause, he gave his full assent,and produced the money necessary for thepurchase of the mangle.The following day was pleasantly em-,ployed in arranging the poor woman's newacquisition; and when Matilda saw hergrateful, happy countenance, and learned the:manner in which the machine would beworked, and its usefulness in smoothing linen,she felt the value of a useful life, and a senseof her own importance, distinct from the idleconsequence which is the result of vanityand pride, but perfectly compatible with theself-distrust and true humility which was nowhappily taking a deep root in her young mind.Mrs. Harewood was gratified in perceiv-ing such results of her maternal care forMatilda: still she did not relax in hervigilance; for she well knew, that alongwith corn will spring up tares in every youngmind, and that the virtue of one day doesnot exempt from the vice of another, duringthe years of early life; and there were stillmany points in which the errors of her Bar-badoes education were but too visible, andwhich called for the pruning hand of a sen-sible and pious friend.


THE BARBADOES GIRL.73CHAPTER IX.THE foolish indulgence of Mr. Hanson hadin no respect been more injurious to his onlydaughter, than in the unrestrained permissionto eat whatever she liked, and as much of ita, she could swallow.O ;c0On arriving at Mr. Harewood's, she foundherself at a loss for many of the sweet and'rich dishes she had been accustomed to eatof at her father's luxurious table; for al--though theirs was very well served, it con-sisted generally of plain and wholesomeviands. Under these circumstances, Matildamade what she considered very poor dinners,and she endeavoured to supply her loss byprocuring sweet things and trash, through themedium of Zebby, who, in this particular,was more liable to mislead her than anyother person, because she knew to what shehad been used, having frequently waitedupon her, when the little gormandizer hadeaten the whole of any delicacy which hap-pened to be provided for the company.Mrs. IHarewood took great pains to correctthis evil, especially on Ellen's account; foras Matilda was not covetous, she was ever 0ready to share with her only companion the


74 TTHE BARBADOES GIRL.raisins and almonds, figs, gingerbread, bis-cuits, or comfits, which she was continuallymunching; and this Mrs. Harewood had aparticular objection to, not only because it isbad for the health, and lays the foundationfor innumerable evils in the constitution, butbecause it renders young people hateful intheir appearance, since nothing can be moreunladylike or disagreeable, than the circurn-stance of being called to speak when themouth is full, or displaying the greedinessof their appetite, by cramming betweenmeals, stealing out of a room to fill themouth in the passage, or silently moving thejaws about, and being obliged to blush withshame when caught in such disgracefultricks.In order to guard against this habit, Mrs.Harewood positively forbade her servantsfrom bringing any thing of the kind into thehouse; but poor Zebby, from habit, stillobeyed her young Missy, and, besides, shehad no idea that the enjoyments of fortunewere good for any thing else than to pamperthe appetite; so that it was a long time be-fore she could be brought to desist from sopernicious a practice. As, however, themind of Matilda strengthened, and shebegan to employ herself diligently in thosenew branches of education now imparted to


THE BARBADOES GIRL. 75her, she insensibly became weaned from thisbad practice; and at length, inspired with asincere desire to imitate her young friends,she broke herself entirely from this disgust-ing habit, and willingly adopted, in everything, the simple wholesome fare partakenby her young friends.It was undoubtedly owing to this temper-. ance that she preserved her healthf, and evenenjoyed it more than ever, notwithstanding,the change of climate;' but, alas! the goodesense, resolution, and forbearances she thusacted with, was not followed by the humblecompanion of her voyage.The change Zebby experienced in Mr.Harewood's comfortable kitchen, from thesimple food to which, as a slave, she had#been accustomed in the West Indies, was still; greater, though in an exactly contrary line,than that of her young lady. Zebby soonlearned to eat of the good roast and boiledshe sat down to, and exchanged the simplebeverage of water for porter and beer, in con-sequence of which she became much disor-dered in her health; and when Mrs. Harewoodprescribed a little necessary physic, as hermild persuasions were enforcedc by no threat,and the prescription appeared to the unen-lightened negro a kind of punishment shehad no inclination to endure, there was no


76 THE BARBADOES GIRL.getting her to swallow the bitter but salutarypotion.Zebby had been a long time feverish andsubject to headaches, when the circumstancementioned in the last chapter took place,which so exhilarated her spirits, that shedeclared she would be the first person whoshould use the new mangle which "herpretty Missy givee poor Sally."It is well known that the ~negroes are* naturally averse to bodily labour, and that,although their faithfulness and affectionrender them capable of enduring extremehardship and many privations, yet they arerarely voluntarily industrious; and it wastherefore a proof of Zebby's real kindness,that she thus exerted herself.Unhappily, a mode of labour entirely njBto her, and, in her present sickly state,requiring more strength than she possessed,k although, had she used it freely some timebefore, it would have done her good, was%now too much for her, and she came home6complaining, in doleful accents, that "poorZebby have achies all over-is sometimes sohot as Barbadoes, sometimes so cold asLondon."Mrs. Harewood was well aware that thegood-tempered negro was seized with fever,and she sent immediately for her apothe-


TIE BARBADOES GIRL.77cary, who confirmed her fears, and pre--scribed for her; but as there was no gettingher to swallow medicine, he was obliged tobleed her, and put a blister on her head,which, however, did not prevent her frombcQning delirious for several days.: oor Zebby was, at this time, troubledwith the most distressing desire to return toBarbadoes, and all her ravings were to thispurpose; and they were naturally very'affecting to"Matilda, who never heard themwithout being a little desirous of uniting herown wishes to behold her native country,especially when she heard it coupled withthe name of that only, and now fondly-be-1Ived parent, from whom she was so farseparated, and her tears flowed freely whenshe visited the bedside of the poor African.But her sorrow increased exceedingly whenshe learned the danger in which poor Zebbystood, and found that her death was dailyexpected by all around; bitter indeed werethe tears she then shed, and she would havegiven the world to have recalled those hastyexpressions, angry blows, and capriciousactions, which had so often afflicted herhumble attendant, whose fidelity, love, hu-mility, and services, she now could fullyestimate, and whose loss she would deeplydeplore.


78 THE BARBADOES GIRL.Mrs. IIarewood endeavoured to comforther under this affliction, by leading her toview the consolations which religion offersto the afflicted in general, and she explainedthe nature of that beneficent dispensationwhereby the learned and the ignorant, thepoor and the rich, the slave and his mast,are alike brought to receive salvation as thefree gift of God, through the mediation ofour merciful Redeemer; and comforted herwith the hope, that although pdor Zebby'smind was but little enlightened, and herfaith comparatively uninformed, yet as, tothe best of her knowledge, she had been de-vout and humble, resting her claims for fu-ture happiness on that corner-stone, " thegoodness of God in Christ Jesus," so therewas no reason to fear that she would notleave this world for a far better, for "ahouse not made with hands, eternal in theheavens."Matilda's mind was deeply impressed withthis holy and happy consolation, but yetshe could not help lamenting her own loss,in one whom she no longer considered herslave, and little better than a beast ofburden, but as her countrywoman, herfriend, the partaker of that pricious faith bywhich alone the most wise, wealthy, andgreat, can hope to inherit the kingdom of


THIE 3BARBADOES GIRL.79heaven; and she could not help praying forher restoration to health, with all the fer-vour of-which her heart was capable; andmany a promise mingled with her prayer,that, if it pleased God to restore her, shewould never treat her ill again: and thesepromises she likewise repeated to Mrs. Hare-wood and her governess.Neither of these ladies lost the opportunitythus offered, of impressing on her mind theduties which every woman, whatever maybe her rank or situation in life, does indeedowe to those whom Providence hath placedunder.her. They explained, in particular,the necessity of forbearance in point of man-ners, and of consideration in her daily em-ployments-" If," said the good mistress, "Iring the bell twice or thrice, where once'would answer every purpose, provided Igave myself the trouble of considering whatI really wanted, I not only waste my ser-vant's time, which would supply my wants,and therefore injure myself in one sense, butI waste the strength which is her only-meansof subsistence, and I awaken that vexationof temper, which, although perhaps sup-pressed before me, will yet rankle in herbosom, and probably induce her to commitsome injury on my property, which is anactual sin in her: thus my folly leads to her


80 THE BARBADOES GIRL.guilt, and the very least mischief that canaccrue is her unhappiness; for who can behappy whose temper is perpetually ruffledby the cruel thoughtlessness of those whohave the absolute disposal of their time, theirtalents, and, in a great measure, their dis-positions ?"" Depend upon it," added Miss Campbell,"that as we are assured in the Scriptures,,that 'for every idle word we shall bebrought to.account,' so, in a particular man-ner, must we be judged for all those idlewords and actions which have inflicted onany of our fellow-creatures pains we haveno right to bestow, or tempted them to sinsthey had no inclination to follow; the pettytyrannies of our whims, changes, and fancies-of our scoldings, complainings, peremptoryorders, and causeless contradictions, will allone day swell that awful list of sins, of whichit may be truly said, 'we cannot answer onein a thousand."'When Miss Campbell ceased speaking,Ellen, who, although not affected so vio-lently as Matilda, had yet felt much forZebby's situation, and was seriously de-sirous of profiting by all she heard, said in alow voice-" I will do every thing for my-self-I will never trouble Susan, or Betty,or any body."


THE 1BATRBADOES GIRL.81Mrs. Harewood knew the bent of herdaughter's mind, and that although, fromthe sweetness of her temper and the mild-ness of her manners, she was not likely" tofall into Matilda's errors, there were others'of an opposite class, from which it wasnecessary to guard her; she therefore added-"Although consideration and kindness arecertainly the first duties to be insisted uponin our conduct, yet there are others of notless importance. It is the place of everymistress to exact obedience to reasonablecommands and the execution of all properservices. If she does not do this, she de-serts her own station in society, defeats theintentions she was called to fulfil, and whichmade her the guide and guardian, not thecompanion and fellow-server, of her ser-vants. In abandoning them to their own dis-cretion, she lays upon them a burden which,either from ignorance or habit, they areprobably unequal to endure, since it is cer-tain that many truly respectable persons inthis class have been only so while they wereunder the controlling eye or leading mindof their superiors. Besides, all uncommonlevity of manners, like all unbecoming free-dom in conversation, more frequently arisesfrom weakness or idleness in the parties,and ought to be guarded against in ourH 6


82 THE BARBADOES GIRL,conduct, as never failing to be degradatoryto ourselves, and very far from beneficialto those they affect to serve: it is possibleto be very friendly, yet very firm; to begentle, yet resolute, and at once a fellow-Christian and a g6od master to those whomProvidence hath rendered our dependants."Ellen listened to this with attention, andendeavoured to understand and apply it;but both she and Matilda continued to paythe most affectionate attentions to poorZebby, whose disorder in a few days took amore favourable turn than could have beenexpected, although the delirium did not im-mediately subside, but rather affected hergeneral temper, which, under its influence,appeared as remarkably unpleasant and tor-rrenting to herself and all around, as it wasformerly kind and obliging.This period was indeed trying to Matilda,who was by no means sufficiently confirmedin her virtuous resolutions, or good habits,to endure reproaches where she meritedthanks, even in a case vwhere she was awareof deranged intellect and real affection, eitherof which ought to have led her to endure-the wild sallies and troublesome pettishnessof the suffering negro. It must however beallowed, that if she did not do all she ought,she yet did more than could have been once


THE BARBADOES GIRL.83expected, and very greatly increased the es-teem and approbation of her friends.Matilda, when she was not influenced bythe bod'ly indolence which was natural toher as a West-Indian, and which was rathera misfortune than her fault, was apt to betoo active and bustling for the stillness re-quired in a sick chamber; and whatever she,id, was done with a rapidity and noisiness,more in unison with her own ardent desireof doing good, than the actual welfare of theperson she sought to relieve; whereas Ellennever for a moment lost sight of that gentlecare and considerate pity, which was natu-ral to a mind attuned to tenderness fromits very birth; and many a time wouldshe say-"Hush, Matilda! don't speak soloud; have a care how you shut the door,"&c.One day they both happened to go in justas the nurse was going to give the patient abasin of broth--" Let me give it her," saidMatilda; "you know she always likes me togive her any thing.""Sometimes she does, when she knowsyou; but her head wanders to-day sadly.""Never mind," replied Matilda, in herhurrying manner, and taking the broth fromthe woman in such a way that the basinshook upon the plate; on which Ellen said


84 THE BA.RBADOES GIRL.-" Have a care, the broth seems very hot;indeed, too hot for Zebby to take."Matilda fancied this caution an indirectattack upon her care, and she wern to thebedside immediately, and bolting up to thepatient, who was sitting, raised by pillows,she offered the broth to her, saying-" Come,Zebby, let me feed you with this nice food-it will do you good."The warm fume of the basin was offensiveto the invali -" Me no likee brothies," saidshe; and aslit was not instantly removed,she unhappily pushed away the plate, andturned the scalding contents of the basigncompletely into the bosom of poor Matilda,as she reclined towards her.Shrieking with pain, and stamping withanger, Matilda instantly cried out that shewas murdered, and the wretch should beflayedive.Elleni cked, terrified, and truly sorry,called out in -an agony-"Mamma, dearmamma, come htthis Tmoment I poor Ma-tilda is scalded to veath I"The nurse, the servants, and Mrs. Hare-wood herself, were in a few moments withthe sufferer; and the latr h shedespatched the footman f r^ g didnot for a moment neglect the assiap ,,,relief in her own power to beQ'"


THE BARBADOES GIRL.85scraped some white lead* into a little thickcream, and applied it with a feather all overthe scalded parts; and in a very short timethe excruciating pain was relieved, and thefire so well drawn out by it, that when thesurgeon arrived he made no change in the ap-plication, but desired it might be persisted in,and said-" He had no doubt of a cure beingspeedily obtained, if the patient were calm.'During the former part of-Jis time, Mtilda continued to scream incessantly, withe air of a person whose, unTneritedintolerable sufferings gave a right t Oblence; and even when she became comptively easy, she yet uttered bitter complagainst Zebby, as the cause of the miscnever taking into consideration hershare of it, nor recollecting that shboth thoughtlessly and stubbornllecting the advice of Ellen;though her principal tideavour to benefit Zedeficiency in actoffered her brot_poor creatue ethe comthose aromoment* Thin vari^I


if86 THE BARBADOES GIRL.could be deemed unkind; and soothings,rather than exhortations, were all that wereuttered.At length the storm was appeased; Ma-tilda, declaring herself much easier, was laidupon the sofa, and a gentle anodyne beinggiven to her, she closed her eyes, and if shedid not sleep, she appeared in a state oftupor, which much resembled sleep. It solppened, tlto the hot liquid had, in falling,^ ..-n many drops upon her face, whichBye he, so much pain at the moment,,thatthought she was scalded much worse thanreally was, as did those around her; but,as she watched her slumbers, nowived that this was a very transient, and she observed to her mamma, thated Matilda's good looks would not_.^ bynt e accident, at least that herre restored before her mother'st Indies._rturned Mrs. Hare-ill have attainedauty, as wouldher per'sonalison, to' ther, such asing to~en to


THE BARBADOES GIRL.87be handsome, it is a pity they should losetheir beauty.""It is, my dear, to a certain degree a pity;for a pretty face, like a pleasant prospect,gives pleasure to the beholder, and leads themind to contemplate the great Author ofbeauty in his works, and rejoice in the er-fection every where visible in nature. Thepossessors of beauty may, however, so oftenspare it with advantage to themselves atheir near connections, that the loss oiprovided there is neither sickness, nor .y xvery disgusting appearance, left behind, ^not appear to me a very great misfortu^"But surely, mamma, people may be.-very pretty and very good ?""Undoubtedly, my dear; but such are :etemptations handsome people are snlbjit ,to,that they are much more fra- ~s- to bepitied than envied; yet envy n'the illib-eral and malicious sel iit: ,Oursuethem; and when they arie' ithet Vei norarrogant, generally points them out aloth."I1 have often wished to be handsonie,mamma, because I thought people wouldlove me if L were; but if that is the case, Imust havy :Jn mistaken, mamma.""Inde you were, my child; personalcharms,, owever attracive to the eye, donot blind, or even engage the heart, unless


I88 THE BARBADOES GIRL.they are accompanied by good qualities,which would have their effect, you know,without beauty-nay, even in ugly persons,when we become thoroughly acquainted with'them. Can you suppose, Ellen, that if youwere as handsome as the picture over thechimney-piece, that you would be more dearto me on that account, or that you would, inany respect, contribute more to my happi-ness"You would not love me better, dearmamma, but yet you would be more proudof me, I should think.""Then I must be a very weak woman tobe proud of that which implied no merit,either in you or me, and which the merestaccident might, as we perceive, destroy in amoment; but this I must add, that if, withextraordinary beauty, you possessed suffi-cient good sense to remain as simple in yourmanners, and as active in the pursuit ofintellectual endowments, as I hope to seeyou, then I might be proud of you, as theusual expression is; for I beg you to remem-ber that, strictly speaking, it is wrong to beproud of any thing,"Zebby always said that Mr. Hanson wasvery proud of Matilda-I suppose it was ofher beauty.""I suppose so too, and you could not have


THE BARBADOES GIRL.89brought forward a more decisive proof ofthe folly and sin of pride, and the inefficacyof beauty to procure love, than in the con-duct and qualities of the persons in question.Mr. Hanson's pride of his daughter's beautyrendered him blind to her faults, or averse tocorrecting them; and from his indulgence,the effect of that very beauty for which hesacrificed every real excellence, was so com-pletely impaired, that I am sure, with allyour predilection for a pretty face, you willallow that Matilda, with all those red spotsplastered with white ointment, is a thousandtimes more agreeable than Matilda withbright eyes and ruddy cheeks on her firstlanding.""Oh yes, yes !" cried Ellen, looking at herwith the tenderest affection, and relapsinginto tears, which had frequently visited hereyes since the time of the terrible accident.The opiate had now spent itself, andMatilda, giving a slight shudder, awoke, andlooked at Ellen with a kind of recolle6tivegaze, that recalled the events ofthe morning,and which was succeeded by a sense ofpain."a What is the matter, Ellen ? you are cry-ing-have you been scalded ?""No," said the affectionatethild, "but youhave."


90 THE BARBADOES GIRL.A confused recollection of all the particu-lars of the affair now came to Matilda's mem-ory; and as by degrees they arose on hermind. she became ashamed of the extremeimpatience she had exhibited, and surprisedthat Ellen could love and pity so much agirl whose conduct was so little likely toensure affection and respect; and althoughthe pain became every moment more trouble-some, she forbore most magnanimously tocomplain, until the changes in her complex-ion induced Mrs. Harewood to say,-" Ithink, Matilda, we had better apply the oint-ment again to your wound--you are stillsuffering from the fire, I see."" If you please, ma'am."WTith a light and skilful hand, Mrs. Hare-wood again touched the wounds, and imme-diate ease followed; but ere she had finishedher tender operation, Matilda caught thatkind hand, and, pressing it fondly to her lips,bathed it with her tears; they were those ofgratitude and contrition."I fear you are in much pain still," saidher kind friend, though she partly compre-hended her feelings."Oh, no! you have given me ease; butif you had not I would not have mindedI feared, indet I am certain, that I behaved very ill, quite shamefully, this morn.a,


THE BARBADOES GIRL.91ing; and you are so-so good to me, that-that-Matilda was choked by her sobs, and Mrs.Harewood took the opportunity of soothingher, not by praising her for virtues she hadnot exercised, but by calling upon her toshow them in her future conduct; .althoughshe did so far conciliate as to say, that thesuddenness of the injury, in some meas-ure, excused the violence she had mani-fested.Matilda gave a deep sigh and shook herhead, in a manner which manifestehbowfar this went in palliation, and was awarethat much of error remained unatoned. Sheinquired how Zebby was, and if she wassensible."She has been so ever since your acci-dent, which appeared to recall her wanderingsenses by fixing them to one point; and asher fever is really abated, I trust she willsoon be better."Matilda hastily sprang from the sofa, andthough in doing so she necessarily greatlyincreased the pain under which she laboured,yet she suppressed all complaint, and hurriedforward to Zebby's room, followed by Mrs.Harewood and Ellen; the former of whomwas extremely desirous at once to permither to ease her heart, and yet to prevent her


92 THE BARBADOES GIRL.from injuring herself, by adding to the in-flammation of her wound.It was a truly affecting spectacle to beholdMatilda soothing and comforting the poorblack woman, who had not for a momentceased to reproach herself, since the screamsof the young lady had brought her to hersenses, and her invectives to the knowledgeof her own share in the transaction. It wasin vain that the nurse and the servants ofMrs. Harewood had endeavoured to recon-cile her, by the repeated assurance, that letthe young lady say what she pleased, yet noharnTr could reach her: that in old England,every servant had law and justice as muchon their side as their master could have.This was no consolation to the faithfulnegro, who appeared rather to desire evenunmerited punishment than seek for excuse;she incessantly upbraided herself for havingkilled pretty Missy, and breaking the heartof her good mistress; and when she beheldthe plastered face of Matilda, these self-re-proaches increased to the most distressingdegree; and threatened a complete relapse tothe disorder she had yet hardly escaped from." You could not help it, Zebby; it was allan accident, and ought to be chiefly attrib-uted to my own foolishness," said Matilda."Oh, no! it was me bad and foolish,


THE BARBADOES GIRL.93Missy, me naughty, same you used to be-pushee here and pushee there, in bad pets---it was all me-breaky heart of poor Missis-she comee over great seas; thinkee seeou all good and pretty as Englis lady; andden you be shocking figure, all cover withspotee-oh deary oh deary perhaps comefever, then you go to the death, you will bebury in dark hole, and mamma never, neversee you again."The desponding tones of this speech wentfar beyond its words, and Matilda combiningwith it the caution she had heard the medicalgentleman make respecting fever, and thefirst exclamation of Ellen, that--" Matildawas scalded to death," induced her to sup-pose that there was really danger in hercase; and after repeatedly assuring Zebby ofher entire forgiveness and regard, she re-turned to the apartment she had quitted,with.a slow step, and an air of awe and so-lemnity, such as her friends had never wit-nessed before.After Matilda had lain down on the sofasome minutes, she desired Ellen to get hermaterials for writing, but soon found thatthe pain in her breast rendered it impossiblefor her to execute her design." I will write for you," said Ellen." That won't do-I wanted, with my own


94 TTE BARBADOES GIRL.hand, to assure dear mamma that poor Zebbywas not to blame, nor any body else.""My dear," said Mrs. Harewood, " we cando that by and by, when your mamma comesover."" But if, ma'am-if"I should die ?"Mrs. Harewood could scarcely forbear aninward smile, bun she answered her withseriousness, and did not lose the opportunityof imprinting upon her mind many salutarytruths connected with her present situation,not forgetting to impress strongly the ne-cessity which every Christian has of beingever ready to obey that awful summons,which may be expected at any hour, andfrom which there is no appeal; but she con-cluded by an assurance that in a few daysthe present disorder would be completelyremoved, in case she guarded her own tem-per from impetuosity, and observed the regi-men prescribed to her.When Matilda's. fears on this most import-ant point we* subsided, she adverted to herface, but it Was~ only to inquire whether itwas likely to be well before her mother;came, she being naturally and properly de-sirous of saving her dear parent from anypain which could arise from her appearance;and when her fears on this head were like-wise relieved, she became more composed in


THE BARBADOES GIRL.95her spirits, and more anxious than ever toprove, by future good conduct, her sense ofcontrition for the past, and resolution forthe future; and although she was mostthankful for the sympathy of her friends,she never sought it by useless complaininls,or aggravated her sufferings in order to win-their pity or elicit their praise; and by herperseverance and patience, a cure was ob-tained much sooner than could have beenexpected from the nature of the accident.Zebby regularly amended, as she perceivedthe great object of her anxiety amend also;and the sense she entertained of her latedanger, the gratitude she felt for the kind-ness she had been treated with, and, aboveall, the self-denial to which she perceived heryoung lady accustomed herself, in order torecover, induced her henceforward to becometemperate in lher use of food, and tractableas to the means necessary for preserving herhealth, and to perceive her duty with regardto the commands given by her Sung lady,to whom she was now more truTy attachedthan ever: for the attachment of improvedminds goes far beyond that of ignorance.


96 THE BARBADOES GIRL.CHlPlTER X.WHIEN Matilda was fully recovered from thepain of her accident, her good friends hadthe satisfaction to perceive that the mostsalutary effects had arisen from the disposi-tion with which she had bornelit. She hadbecome sensible how much we must all beindebted to our fellow-creatures, in any priva-tion of health and ease, and this had taughther to be humble and thankful to all whocontributed to her comfort; and from neces-sarily suppressing both her appetite id hertemper, she had gained a command of both,which she had been a stranger to before.From being unable to join in any play re- -~.uiring personal activity, she had been ob-liged to find her amusement ii reading; andas that most excellent and delightful work,"The 'Parent's Assistant," by Miss Edge-worth, hadleen presented to her just before,she made hrself completely mistress of thoseadmirable tales, and by conversing muchupon them with Mr. and Mrs. Harewood,with whom she usually sat, she becamedeeply imbued with all the important pre-cepts they are intended to convey, as well asthe stories they so agreeably relate..,'


THE BARBADOES GIRL9rOne evening, when the whole family wereassembled, the disorder which had afflictedZebby became the subject of avyersation;Miss Campbell observiA 'ip the poorwoman had undoubtedly been as nervous asany fine lady, and therefore given anothi.proof, in addition to the multitude whihmust affect every person of judgment andfeeling, that there was indeed no differenceofconsftitution, feeling, or character, betweenwhite people and black ones, when theywere placed in similar circumstances."" Certainly not," said Mr. Harewood, " andin a short time this doctrine will be morefully proved by the emancipation of all theblacks, who will, I trust, become diligent ser-vants and happy householders, no longer theslavbes of tyrants, but the servants of uprightmasters.""But I am told, mamma," said Edmund,"'tha the proprietors of West India prop-erty will all be ruined; people say, this willcome upon them as a retribution for pastsins; but as many of these sins were commit-ted in days that are past, and the presentinhabitants, in many instances, have behavedexceedingly well, I must own I wish sin-cerely this may not be the case. Can ydtell me. any thing about it ?"f They all deserve to be ruined," inter-I 7


98 THE BARBADOES GIRL,rupted Charles, "who hate done such badthings as the planters do. Oh, how I wish Icould be th when all the slaves are set atliberty w wwhat delight should I join intheir universal shout of joy and freedom,and in all their innocent festivals 1"Edmund shook his head-" I should likethe slaves to be happy as well as you; butI don't like for any body to be ruined, es-pecially people who are so nerveless and in-active as those who have resided in warmislands; surely it is not true ?"Edmund looked again inquiringly." I am sorry to say," answered Mrs. Hare-wood, "that in many cases much sufferingmay be apprehended; but our governmentwill undoubtedly soften every evil to theinhabitants, as far as they can do it consistentwith their views: you know the emancipa-tion of the slaves takes place gradually, andby that means enables people to collecttheirmoney, to divert the channels of their mer-chandise, or to make themselves friends ofthose who have hitherto been held by thearm of power only. The grand shout of amultitude restored to freedom is undoubted-ly very attractive, and enough to warm theheart of a benevolent enthusiast like Charles;but it is not advisable to set food in greatquantities before a starving man, lest he eat


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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 153 ceived the leer of envy, and the pause of observation directed towards her, she half gave him her hand, being conscious that her own figure and style of dancing would be superior to any other of the candidates for admiration that had preceded her; yet she paused, remembering her mother's words, and, with a kind of anxious, fearful gaze, that fell like a veil over the exultation and gaiety of hei features, she looked an appeal to the lady who was her guide, or ought to have been. "Really, my dear, I don't know what to say; but as the thing is new, if you are not quite au fiait, you will be pardoned, and Sir Theodore is so admirable a partner I really think you may venture to try." Matilda, in a calmer moment, woulAd have seen how totally distinct her4adyship's fears were from those of her mother; but the flutter of her spirits, the demands of her vanity, and the address of her partner, combined to hurry her forward, and she found herself in the midst of the group before she was aware: it was then too late to recede: the motion for a short time restored her spirits; but as the arm of Sir Theodore encircled her waist, deep confusion overwhelmed her, she blushed to a degree that was absolutely painful; and though unable, in the hurry of the motion, to entertain a positive'reflection, yet a relcto,8e



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 21 who replied for her--" We all think you are much to be pitied, because you are evidently a poor, little, forlorn, ignorant child, without friends, and under the dominion of a cruel enemy, that renders you so frightful, it is scarcely possible for even the most humane people to treat you with kindness, or even endure you." Matilda involuntarily started up, and examined herself in the looking-glass.-" If I had happened to be your own daughter, ma'am," she said, crying again, "you would not have thought me ugly; but because I come from Barbadoes, you don't like me; and it is cruel and wicked to treat me so. But I will go back-I will-I will." "I wish most sincerely you had never come, for it is painful to me to witness the folly and sin you are guilty of; but, since you are here, I will endeavour to bear with you, until I have found a good school to send you to. If you would give yourself time to consider, you would know that the enemy I spoke of is your own temper, which would render even perfect beauty hideous; you know very well that I received you with the greatest kindness, and that you have outraged that kindness. But I can forgive you, because I see that you are a silly child, who fancies herself of importance; % A ^C pl-" ^:i;~F~



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 175 act of duty an act of pleasure. Matilda looked to Edmund as the guardian of her conduct, and he found in her the reward of his virtues, the companion whose vivacity enlivened the fatigue of study, and whose benevolence extended the circle of his enjoyments; and although apparently of very different tempers, the affection they felt for each other, and the well-regulated minds they both possessed, rendered them proverbially good and happy. After residing a few years abroad, and increasing his knowledge and reputation, Charles returned, and is now become the husband of Miss Weston, who is an amiable and virtuous young woman, well calculated to render him happy. The mother of this young lady still resides with Mrs. Hanson, to whom her society is particularly valuable, since the removal of Matilda, whose eldest child is the frequent inmate of her house. Happy in themselves, and a blessing to the circle around them, Mr. and Mrs. Belmont reside during the greatest part of the year upon the family estate of Mr. Belmont in Stal-brdshire. Ellen, as a country gentlewoman, extends a quiet but beneficial influence through an extensive neighbourhood, and is universally beloved and respected. We will now take leave of the Barbadoes



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 69 my hand, the last my dear mamma gave me, and I wished very much to give you that; but then the memory of my foolish pride, the last time, came again into my mind-I *became ashamed, and determined in all things to be guided by Ellen, who is almost a year older than I, and a great deal better." No, no-not better," said Ellen, warmly; and even her brothers, who loved her very dearly, struck with tle same admiration of Matilda's frankness and generosity, exclaimed-" You are as good as Ellen now, Matilda-indeed you are !" frs. IIarewood, tenderly kissing her, assured her of her approbation, saying-"All 'you have said, my dear, tends decidedly to prove that your mind is indeed properly impressed with your duty both towards God and man, and that you have the most sincere desire to conquer those faults which you have already greatly amended; therefore I am dete-fnined to permit you to exercise your benevolence, in the most extensive manner that your heart could wish, knowing, as I do, that your fortune is fully equal to any actof charity,. and that your good mamma will not fail to approve of it." '" Thank you, thank you, dear Mrs. Harewood! oh, you are my English mother, and I love you much more than any other per-



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22 THE BARBADOES GIRL. whereas children, however they may be situated, are poor dependent creatures." Matilda answered only by a scornful toss of her head, and uttering the word-" Dependent !" "Edmund," said Mrs. Harewood, taking no notice of her insolent look, "you are a strong healthy boy, forward in your education, capable of reflection, and decidedly sllperior,not only in age, but wisdom, to a.y other in the room; answer me candidly, :s if you were speaking to a boy like yourself-Do you feel it possible so to conduct yourself, that, if you were left alone in the world, you could be happy and independent?" My dear mamma," said Edmund, "you must be laughing at me; a pretty figure I should cut, if I were to set up for a man, without any one to advise me how to act, to tell me when I was wrong, and to manage every thing for me! how could I do right without my papa, or some proper guardian? and how could I be happy without you, Ilman lla ?" As Edmund spoke, he threw his arms round his mother; and the others followed 'his example, saying-" No, no, we could do nothing without you and dear papa; pray do stay with us, and make us good."



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 65 share of the contribution, besides Charles's subscription on the table. Edmund laid a shilling on the table, saying-" If more is wanted, I will give you another with great pleasure: I hope, mamma, you know that I will ?" "Yes, Edmund, I do know that you will do any thing in your power, for you are regular and prudent, as well as a kind-hearted boy, and therefore have always got something to spare for the wants of others; I perceive, too, that you have the good sense to examine the nature of the claim made upon you, and that you give accordingly; you are aware, and I wish all the young ones to be so likewise, that this, although an act of charity, is not called for by any immediate distress; it is not one of those cases which wring the heart and drain the purse, for the poor woman is neither unprovided with lodgings nor food, and we ought always to keep somening for the sake of sufferers of that description : I wish you, children, to be free and liberal, for we are told in the scriptures that God loveth a cheerful giver;' but, in order to render you also frequent givers, you must be prudent ones." I have only one shilling in the world," said Ellen, laying it on the table. Then sixpence is as much as you ought pence is as mu



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THIE 13BBADOES GIRL. 159 whose gentleness and dispassionate good sense would soothe the fretfulness and allay the uneasiness she felt; yet she could not bring herself to call on the family-she had not the courage to meet Mr. and Mrs. Harewood, nor the calmness with which she desired to see the brothers. While she was debating what course to pursue, to her infinite relief she heard that Ellen had just called with her father, and that both of them were in the library. Before she had time to welcome them, Ellen, running up stairs, hurried with her into the dressing-room, and closed the door with an air of secrecy which showed her expectation of giving or receiving intelligence of importance, and there was in her countenance an expression which combined both joy and sorrow, and was really undefinable. Full of her own cares, and anxious to conceal the most interesting part of them, Matilda for some time remained silent, nor did Ellen find the courage requisite for her own communication; so that this much desired visit promised little eventual satisfaction. To account for the situation of Ellen, it is necessary to trace the events of the morning in her father's house. When the family were assembled to breakfast, the conversation naturally turned upon



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THE BARBAIOES GIRL. 19 thus gave her own internal inquiries; and although she had been exceedingly angry with him, for presuming to speak to her, she yet felt as if his esteem, and indeed his forgiveness, were necessary for her happi*ness; and her pride, thus strengthened, contended with her fears and consciousness of guilt and folly; and while she resolved inwardly to keep up her dignity with the young ones, she yet, from time to time, cast an anxious eye towards her new monitor. In a short time, to Matilda's great relief, Mr. IHarewood stepped into the library to get a book; and the children, in the hope that, when he returned, he would kindly indulge them, either by reading to them, or relating occasionally such anecdotes or observations as the work he read might furnish him with, left their seats, and pressed round the place where their parents were sitting. Matilda did not like to be left alone, nor did she feel as if she had a right to be held as a child among the rest: again her pride and her repentance had a great struggle, and she knew not to which she should give the preference, for her heart swelled alike with pride and sorrow; she moved towards the same place, and sought, in the bustle of the moment, to divert the painful feeling which oppressed her. *)



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24 THE BARBADOES GIRL. good master, to claim the assistance of her kind and skilful mistress. The children were full of concern and condolence with Betty, and with great tenderness shrunk when they saw their mamma bathe her forehead with vinegar, as they knew it must smart exceedingly: and Ellen could not help saying-" How good Betty is I she never says oh !" "No, Miss," said Betty, "I know yqur mamma does it for my good; and though she gives me some pain, yet she saves me from a great deal more." In a few minutes, Betty declared the smarting was quite gone; and the children were so glad, that Matilda began to think, though they were foolish, yet they were certainly happy, and she wished she could feel as happy as they did. When Betty was gone, the tea came in, and Mrs. Harewood ordered a large plate of toast, as she recollected Matilda's scanty dinner. Thomas once handed it all round, and Mr. Harewoodiaen said-" Set it down; when the children want it, they will ask you for it." All the children remembered poor Matilda's wants, and in order that she might have plenty, without any more being ordered, or any thing in reference to the ,ast being



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 53 election; yet she evidently took much pains in attaining knowledge of the task assigned her, and in conquering those risings of temper which were become inherent in her mind. Notwithstanding her frequent fits of abstraction, in which it was evident some great grief was uppermost in her mind, yet, as her nature led her to be communicative, and she was never subject to be sullen, the family did not press her to reveal her trouble, thinking that at the proper time she would repose confidence in them; and accordingly, as she sat one day alone with Mrs. Harewood, the following conversation took place between them. CHAPER VI. MATILDA, after a long silence, in which she was endeavouring, but in vain, to arrange her ideas and calm the incessant beating of her heart, said, timidly and abruptly, with her eyes fixed on the carpet--" Do you think, ma'am, that if Ellen had ever been very, very naughty and saucy to you, who are so good to her, that you could ever really in your heart forgive her ?" "I certainly should consider it my duty



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174 THE BARBADOES 'UIR.L. family, the lovers of Matilda and Ellen were each urgent for their respective marriages: but the awfulness of that sacred erngageent into which they were about to enter, the consciousness they entertained of the goodness of their parents, and the happiness of the state they were quitting, held the young ladies for some time in a state of apparent suspense, and almost incertitude. This was neither the effect of want of confidence in the men they loved, nor of that spirit of coquetry by which the vain and frivolous part of the sex seek to prolong what they consider the day of their power. Far different ideas pervaded their minds and influenced their conduct; for not only the tenderness of their affection for their parents, but the sense of their responsibility as Christian wives, called to new duties and new avocations, appointed to guide their inferiors, and submit to their future husbands, pressed upon their hearts; and when at length the solemn ceremony took place, it was to each party rather a day of serious thoughtfulness and fearful anxiety, than one of exultation and exhibition. In a short time this solicitude vanished, and a sense of happiness, confidence, and unbounded affection spread over their minds the most delightful serenity, and rendered every



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12 THE BARBADOES GIRL. tleness and persuasion; but as it became evident that this gentleness emboldened the mistaken child to proceed to greater rudeness, he commenced a new style of treatment, and the English education of Matilda, so far as concerned that most important part of all education, the management of the temper, in the following manner: On the family being seated at the dinnertable, Miss Hanson called out, in a loud and angry tone, I Give me some beer !" Mr. Harewood had previously instructed the servant who waited upon them how to act, in case he was thus addressed; and in consequence of his master's commands, the man took no notice whatever of this claim upon his attention. Give me some beer !" cried she again, in so fierce a manner that the boys started, and poor Ellen blushed very deeply, not only from the sense of shame which she felt for the vulgarity of the young lady's manners, but from a kind of terror, on hearing such a shrill and threatening voice. The servant still took no notice of her words, though he did not do it with an 'air of defiance, but rather as if it were not addressed to him. The little angry ,ild muttered, loud enough to be heard-"'What a fool the



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8 THE BARBADOES GIRL. merely from conscious inferiority, but because you would be both impolite and unkind, if you omitted any thing in your power that could render a stranger happy, who is so entirely thrown upon our protection-one, too, who has lost a fond father, and is parted from a tender mother. Edmnund.-But, papa, as Miss Hanson is coming to England for education, and is yet very young, surely Charles must be wrong in supposing that she is wiser, or, I ought to say, better informed, than we are, since it is utterly improbable that she should have had the benefit of such instructions as we have enjoyed. Father.-True, my dear; but yet she will, of course, be acquainted with many things to which you are necessarily entire strangers, although I must remark that Charles's expression, she has seen much of the world, is not proper; for it is only applied to people who have mixed much with society-not to those whose travels have shown them only land and water. However, coming from a distant country, a society very different from ours, and people to whom you are strangers, she cannot fail to possess many ideas and much knowledge which are unknown to you; I therefore hope her residence with us for a time will prove mutually advantageous;



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154 THE BARBADOES GIRL. thousand thoughts seemed to press at once for admittance, all tinged with self-reproach; and at length, unable to endure them, she suddenly laid her hand upon her forehead, and ran, or rather reeled, to her seat. As it was the nature of the dance to produce the sensation of dizziness, this circumstance excited no particular attention, and her partner merely rallied her upon it, with that air of badinage young men now-a-days pretty generally adopt. Every word he uttered was distressing to Matilda, who felt as if she were insulted by his freedom, and had degraded herself too far to enjoy the right of resenting it; her native pride, however, contending with her self-condemnation, she removed her hand from her eyes, in order to give him a look which would repel his impertinence, and, to her utter astonishment, saw three gentlemen standing before, and looking earnestly upon her; two of these were her friends, Edmund and Charles Harewood. The moment she looked up, the first withdrew, but Charles and the stranger advanced; they did not, however, find it very easy to approach her, guarded as she was by the officious Sir Theodore; but as Charles was not easily balked in any intention he had formed, he succeeded in inquiring after her





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18 THE BARBADOES GIRL. knowledge that.he was wrong, very, very wrong. Matilda was much struck with this; she was well aware that, under the same circumstances, she should have said much more. than he had, and she was curious as to what had been said of her, which could have produced this effect on a boy generally so vivacious and warm-tempered as Charles. After cogitating upon it some time, she at length concluded that Mr. Harewood had endeavoured to impress on the minds of his family the consequence she possessed, as an only child and a great heiress; and although he had appeared so lately to act under a very different impression, yet it was very possible that he had only done so because he was out of temper himself, and, now his mind was become tranquil again, he had repented of his conduct, and been anxious to prevent his. children from following his example in this respect. The more Matilda thought of this, the more fully she fixed it in her mind as an article of belief; but yet there was something in the calm, firm tonesof Mr. Harewood, when he spoke to her, and in his present open, yet unbending countenance, when he happened to cast his eyes towards her, which rendered her unsatisfied with the answer she



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 33 .considered as her young mistress, the faithlful creature could not endure; after waiting Joome minutes in vain, she dropped a second llnmble courtesy, and said-" How you do, fhissy ? me very glad see you larn booky, ,but me hopes you spare one look, one word)y, for poor Zebby; me go away one long week, to nurse white man baby, pretty as you, Missy." Yes," said Matilda, reproachingly, "you went away and left me very willingly, though it was to wait on a person you never saw before." "Ah, Missy! you no lovee me, and poor white woman lovee me much. You make beer spit in my face-she give me tea-gruel out of her own cup. You callee me black beetle-she called me good girly, good nursy, ;ood every ting." Matilda gave a deep sigh; she well reembered that it was on the very day of er outrage that Zebby had quitted her, and n her altered sense of justice, she could not elp seeing the truth of the poor negro's tatecment; she looked up, with an ingenuous ense of error depicted on her countenance, nd said-" I am sorry, Zebby, that I used ou so ill, but I will never do it again." The poor African was absolutely asonished, for never had the voice of concesD 3



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72 THE BARBADOES GIRL. by this daughter of nature, affected all the party, and the joyful bustle had not subsided when Mr. Harewood entered. On being informed of the cause, he gave his full assent, and produced the money necessary for the purchase of the mangle. The following day was pleasantly employed in arranging the poor woman's new acquisition; and when Matilda saw her grateful, happy countenance, and learned the manner in which the machine would be worked, and its usefulness in smoothing linen, she felt the value of a useful life, and a sense of her own importance, distinct from the idle consequence which is the result of vanity and pride, but perfectly compatible with the self-distrust and true humility which was now happily taking a deep root in her young mind. Mrs. Harewood was gratified in perceiving such results of her maternal care for Matilda: still she did not relax in her vigilance; for she well knew, that along with corn will spring up tares in every young mind, and that the virtue of one day does not exempt from the vice of another, during the years of early life; and there were still many points in which the errors of her Barbadoes education were but too visible, and which called for the pruning hand of a sensible and pious friend.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 25 mentioned, with true delicacy of feeling, forbore to eat any more, so that Matilda could not repeat their words in asking, which she now determined to do. Shewas very hungry, and the toast looked very tempting, as it stood before the fire. Matilda looked at the toast, and then, at the footman; her cheek glowed, her eye was subdued, but her tongue did not move. Thomas, however, handed her the toast, and she then articulately said-" Thank you." This was heard, but no notice was taken; they knew that much false shame attends the first efforts to subdue pride and passion, and they feared lest even approbation should be misconstrued. In order to divert the general attention, Mrs. Harewood said-" I forgot to ask Betty what made her run in such a hurry, as to occasion her accident, for I gave her leave to go out, and stay till nine o'clock, and it is only seven now, I believe." "I believe, madam," said Thomas, very respectfully, "she came home in haste, because her sister has twins; and as you promised her some caudle, she came to tell the cook to make it, and likewise to get some little matter of clothing, from her own clothes, for the baby that is unprovided." c



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48 THE BARBADOES GIRL. tiful variety of colours which we observe in the setting sun must be imputed to this cause; he taught me at the same time to distinguish shadows in the water by reflection, and those which are refracted, and many other things, which rendered me much more 'delighted with the country than I had ever been before, and more fond of dear papa for taking the trouble to inform me." "Well then," said Ellen, "when we go down to Richmond next summer, you must explain every thing to us, and we will love you better than ever, dear Edmund; and I will say the Ode to Eton College to you in my very best manner; perhaps Matilda will be able to say it before then, and " Go on, Ellen." "I want to know-we want to know what it means in that poem, where it says, 'Grateful Science still adores Her Henry's holy shade.' What is a holy shade, Edmund ?" "It is a poetical expression, my dear, meaning that we of the present day are grateful to the founder, Henry the Sixth, who was a religious, and probably a learned man, although very unfortunate as a king. " Oh," cried Ellen, I remember all about him; he was deposed by Edward the Fourth,



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76 THE BARBADOES GIRL. getting her to swallow the bitter but salutary potion. Zebby had been a long time feverish and subject to headaches, when the circumstance mentioned in the last chapter took place, which so exhilarated her spirits, that she declared she would be the first person who should use the new mangle which "her pretty Missy givee poor Sally." It is Well known that the negroes are t naturally averse to bodily labour, and that, although their faithfulness and affection render them capable of enduring extreme hardship and many privations, yet they are rarely voluntarily industrious; and it was therefore a proof of Zebby's real kindness, that she thus exerted herself. Unhappily, a mode of labour entirely n^l to her, and, in her present sickly state, requiring more strength than she possessed, although, had she used it freely some time before, it would have done her good, wasnow too much for her, and she came home complaining, in doleful accents, that "poor Zebby have achies all over-is sometimes so hot as Barbadoes, sometimes so cold as London." Mrs. Harewood was well aware that the good-tempered negro was seized with fever, and she sent immediately for her apothe. V



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14 THEl BARBADOES GIRL. "Some beer, you black beetle I" Is, Missy," said the poor woman, with a sigh, reaching the beer fiom Thomas with a tremnbling hand, as if shexpected the glass to be thrown in her face. Charles had with great difficulty refrained from laughter on the outset of this scene; but indignation now suffused his countenance. The young vixen was an acute observer, and, had she not been cruelly neglected, might have been a sensible child. It instantly struck her, that his features disputed her right; and, determined not to endure this from any one, she instantly threw the beer in the face of poor Zebby, saying-" There's that for you, madam." it was not in the forbearance of the children to repress their feelings; even Edmund exclaimed-" What a brute !" Ellen involuntarily started up, and hid her face in her mother's lap, while Charles most good-naturedly offered his handkerchief to the aggrieved Zebby, kindly condoling with her on her misfortune. Mr. Harewood now, for the first time, spoke.-" Zebby," said he, in a calm but stern tone, it is my strict command, that so long as you reside under my roof, -you never give that young l]dy any thing again, nor hold any conversation with her: if you



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 7 them. It is at her earnest request that I have been prevailed upon to accept the charge of her daughter. I believe she'is about a year younger than you; but as the growth of people in warm countries is more rapid than in this, I expect to see her quite as tall and forward as you, Ellen. Ellen.-But, dear papa, how will she get here from a place on the other side of the globe? I mean, who will bring her? for I know, of course, that she must come in a ship. Father.-She will be attended by a negro servant, who has always waited upon her; and who will return after she is safely landed, I suppose. Ellen.-Poor thing! how she will cry when she leaves her own dear mamma, when she is to cross the wide sea! and then again, when she parts with her good nurse; I dare say she will kiss her very fondly, though she is a black. C/harles.-Oh, she will forget her sorrow when she sees so many things that are quite new to her. I'm afraid she'll think Ellen, and us boys, very silly, ignorant creatures, compared to her, who has seen so much of the world: upon my word, we must be all upon our good behaviour. Faller'.-I hope you will behave well, not



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TIHE 3BARIA)OES GTIL. 139 .charitable actions which Matilda had performed, fearful of injuring by praise those blossoms which were now only beginning to expand; but she now dilated on them with pleasure, both to the happymother and Mrs. Weston; and such was the effect of this discourse on the former, that tears of pleasure and gratitude to Heaven ran down her cheek. Matilda, although still engaged with the child, catching a view of her mother under this emotion, could not forbear running up to her, and tenderly inquired what was the matter. "Nothing at all, my love, at least nothing painful; we have been speaking of you-I am anxious to engage you a governess." Well, mamma, and will Mrs. Weston be so good as to undertake me?" The ladies all started, but by no means with any symptQm of dismay, although Mrs. Hanson said, with some confusion, to Mrs. Weston-" My little girl takes a great liberty, na'am, but you must pardon her premature request; she fancies you are an old friend, I believe, because you are her countrywoman." "I wish sincerely I had any other claim to being considered her friend, madam, as in that case---Mrs. Weston suddenly checked herself,



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86 THE BARBADOES GIRL. What is snow ?" "We will ask Edmund; he can tell you much better than I can." The surprising appearance thus witnessed, induced Matilda to hasten down stairs where Edmund was writing his Latin exercise."Do pray tell me," she cried, "what snow is, and why I never saw it before ?" "Snow," said Edmund, "is nothing but drops of rain, which, in passing through the cold air, become congealed or frozen. If you take this pretty light substance into your warm hand, it will melt and become a rain-drop again." As Edmund spoke, he opened the window a very little way, caught some snow, and showed her the effect he spoke of. "But why did I never see this in Barbadoes ?" Because Barbadoes lies nearer to the sun 'than England, and is much warmer, even in winter; therefore the rain-drops never pass through that region of cold air which freezes them in northern climates. If you were to go farther north, you would find still more -snow and ice, the same I saw you looking at yesterday. I will lend you a little bookL where you will see a description of a palace of ice, and of whole mountains of snow, called Glaciers; and, if you please, I will





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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 9 but if the advantage should prove to be on your side, I trust you will never abuse it by laughing, or in any way insulting and teazing your visitant; such conduct would ensure most serious displeasure. Mother.-It would prove,thiem not only very ignorant, and deficient in the education which even savages give their children, but prove that they were devoid of that spirit of courtesy which is recommended in the Scriptures, and which every Christian child will nourish in his heart and display in his manners: the same holy apostle, who inculcated the highest doctrines of his Divine Master, says also-"E Be affable, be courteous, bearing one with another." The children for a few moments looked very serious, and each appeared to be inwardly making some kind of promise or resolution to themselves respecting the expected stranger: at length, Ellen, looking up, said to her mamma, with great earnestness-" Indeed, mamma, I will love Miss Hanson as much as if she were my sister, if she will permit me to do it." "You had better say, Ellen, that you will be as kind to her as if she were your sister; for until we know more of her, it is not possible for us to promise so much; nor is it advisable to give our hearts at first sight,



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10 THE BARBADOES GIRL. even to those who have yet stronger claims upon our good will and friendly services." Mr. Harewood added his approbation of this sentiment, for he knew it was one that could not be repeated too often to young people, who are ever apt to take up either partialities or prejudices too strongly, and whose judgment has ever occasion for the attempering lessons of experience. CHAPTER II. AT length the long-wished-for day arrived, and the young foreigner made her appearance in the family of Mr. Harewood. She was a fine, handsome-looking girl, and though younger in fact, was taller and olderlooking than Ellen, but was not nearly so well shaped, as indolence, and the habit of being carried about instead of walking, had occasioned her to stoop, and to move as if her limbs were too weak to support her. The kindness and politeness with which she was received in the family of Mr. Harewood, did not appear to affect the Barbadoes girl in any other way than to increase tlat self-importance which was evidently her char-



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 37 show you that part of the globe, or earth, in which those effects begin to take place. But, my dear Ellen, pray lend Matilda your tippet, for she looks as much frozen as the snow; she must take great care of herself in this cold climate." Ellen threw the pinafore she was going to put on over the neck of the shuddering Matilda, and then ran nimbly before them towards the globe, on which Edmund was going to lecture, neither of them looking in Matilda's face; but Charles, who just then happened to enter, perceived that silent tears were coursing each other down her check. His compassion was moved; he appreliended that the cold, which he felt himself to be severe, had made her ill, and he inquired what was the matter with her, in a tone of real commiseration. "I am so-so very ignorant," said Matilda, sobbing. Oh, that's it!" cried Charles, gaily; then you and I may shake hands, for I am ignorant too." "Oh no, European children know every thing, but I am little better than a negro; I find what your mamma said was very true -I know nothing at all." "Dear Matilda, how can you say so?" said Edmund; though you have not read as



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68 THE BARBADOES GIRL. Matilda did not find this question so easy of reply as Mrs. Harewood had expected it to be; she blushed and hung down her head; but, on perceiving that Mrs. Harewood wvs going to release her from all necessity of reply, she struggled to conquer what she deemed a weakness in herself, and answered thus--" Why, my dear madam, I was thinking what a little proud, stubborn, ill-behaved girl I was, at the time when these twins were born, and we first made a subscription for this poor woman; I remembered, too, how miserable I was, and altogether how much I had to lament, and I felt as if I could like to do something, to prove how thankful I am to God for bringing me into a family like yours, where every day of my life I may learn something good, and where I have been a great deal mqre happy than ever I was before, even in the house with my own parents." Matilda stopped a moment, 5 if she thought her confession had perhaps infringed on her duty; but recollecting that all her past sorrow had been laid to the proper account, which was her own bad temper and pride, she again proceeded in it. "When I thought on these things, I came close up to you; but my heart beat so quick, I could not speak, or else I had a guinea in



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 45 the most beautiful, excellent, rich, delightful country upon the globe." As Charles spoke, he fixed his eyes upon Edmund; for although the ardour of his spirits rendered him a great dealer in positive assertions, he was yet so conscious of his inferiority in knowledge to his eldest brother, that he seldom felt satisfied with them, unless they were stamped by his brother's approbation. Edmund, in answer to his appealing eye, said-" I am as well convinced as you can be, Charles, that England combines more advantages than any other country, and that we either have in ourselves, or obtain from other countries, whatever is most worthy of possession; and the two good things which Ellen considers the greatest pleasures of existence, are undoubtedly to be had here in perfection; but I must own I should like to see Barbadoes prodigiously, for a property which none of you have yet mentioned." What, have not I mentioned it?" said Matilla. "No, Matilda; you have been so much taken up with fine verandas, grand dinners, kneeling slaves, luxurious palanquins, orange grou:es, and delicious sweetmeats, that you have never once boasted of your pure air, and the glories of your evening sky, where



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128 THE BARBADOES GIRL. to be sure, 'tis a fine thing to be independfit. For my part, I think there is ten times more said about those filthy negroes:than signifies: dear me! they are not to compare to myr Frisky; 'tis the most angelic creature of a dog 1 worth fifty blacks any day, unless, o be sure, they were in handsome liveries. Matilda had suffered in every nerve the first lady spoke, but the defeee second hurt her ten times more, feared to indicate a hardness of e daring to make light of a most sol I ject, and one to which a had gi ch serious thought, a hbastil p ked away the arm Miss hup d1 and would have retired, but she wa ein by a circle, and could notes, The young lady replied to her advocate, in a fawning voice-Ah, dear Miss Holdup you are fond of defending any body you take a fancy for; but I ar.certSn, ifyou were really on the spot, you could not bear to see those things your new friend has been in the habit of doing. I am told, mere children amuse themselves in Barbadoes with sticking pins into the legs of little children, dropping scalding sealing-wax upon their arms, and cutting lines and stars in their necks with knives and scissors;" "Yes," added one of the Eustons,. "apd



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THE JXARBAOES GIRL. 79 heaven; and she could not help praying for her restoration to health, with all the fervour of-which her heart was capable; and many a promise mingled with her prayer, that, if it pleased God to restore her, she would never treat her ill again: and these promises she likewise repeated to Mrs. Harewood and her governess. Neither of these ladies lost the opportunity thus offered, of impressing on her mind the duties which every woman, whatever may be her rank or situation in life, does indeed owe to those whom Providence hath placed under.her. They explained, in particular, the necessity of forbearance in point of manners, and of consideration in her daily employments-" If," said the good mistress, "I ring the bell twice or thrice, where once -would answer every purpose, provided I gave myself the trouble of considering what I really wanted, I not only waste my servant's time, which would supply my wants, and therefore injure myself in one sense, but I waste the strength which is her only-means of subsistence, and I awaken that vexation of temper, which, although perhaps suppressed before me, will yet rankle in her bosom, and probably induce her to commit some injury on my property, which is an actual sin in her: thus my folly leads to her



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170 THE BARBADOES GIRL. "He is a dear good boy, and always was; I love him very much, and while I rejoice in his good fortune, I shall be sorry to part with him." Matilda's frankness assured Mr. Harewood that her heart was free where he had supposed it bound; he was anxious to read her farther; he saw that she even sought investigation from him, in whom she confided as a friend and father; but he again shrunk from the idea of undue influence, and while he walked about irresolute, time passed, and Edmund and his mother entered the drawingroom, and Matilda was called to receive them. An air of coldness and restraint pervaded the manners of both Edmund and Matilda, to divert which, Mrs. Hanson began to relate the error into which her daughter had fallen, from the qnauvaise honte of Ellen, as she supposed, and this led them to speak of the ball, and the characters of the persons present. Of course, poor Matilda was again tormented by hearing that Sir Theodore was universally believed to be her affianced lover, and she expressed the most unqualified vexation at the report, declaring that she would not go once into public again for seven years, rather than encourage the presumption of the man, or the idle gossip of his admirers. As she spoke, Edmund was observed to gaze upon her with delight, and exult in the



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94 THE BARBADOES GIRL. hand, to assure dear mamma that poor Zebby was not to blame, nor any body else." "My dear," said Mrs. Harewood, we can do that by and by, when your mamma comes over." But if, ma'am-if I should die ?" Mrs. Harewood could scarcely forbear an inward smile, but she answered her with seriousness, and did not lose the opportunity of imprinting upon her mind many salutary truths connected with her present situation, not forgetting to impress strongly the necessity which every Christian has of being ever ready to obey that awful summons,; which may be expected at any hour, and from which there is no appeal; but she concluded by an assurance that in a few days the present disorder would be completely removed, in case she guarded her own temper frQm impetuosity, and observed the regimen prescribed to her. When Matilda's fears on this most important point weve subsided, she adverted to her face, but it Wasonly to inquire whether it was likely to be well before her mother came, she being naturally and properly desirous of saving her dear parent from any pain which could arise from her appearance; and when her fears on this head were likewise relieved, she became more composed in



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 135 them as stupid, proud, and silly as themselves. On the following day, the party were naturally the subject of conversation, and Mrs. Hanson had great pleasure in finding that the bedizened doll, who had been so decidedly her daughter's companion the evening before, was by no means her chosen one, that distinction being reserved for Ellen only, whose kind heart would have been almost broken, had she imagined such a partiality indeed reciprocal, but who was as free from jealousy of Miss Holdup, as she was full of confidence in Matilda. Mrs. Harewood on this occasion remarked, that she had never seen two girls more likely to form a mutual and lasting friendship than Ellen and Matilda, because they were likely mutually to benefit each other, since they would, she trusted, possess the same good principles and dispositions, but each having a character of her own, would become serviceable to the other. Matilda had more discrimination and firmness than Ellen, who, on her part, had a forbearance, patience, and gentleness, which nature as well as habit hlad in a degree left her friend but poorly provided with; but she said it would not be surprising if their mutual affection and reciprocal adniiration should, in time, ingraft



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 95 her spirits, and more anxious than ever to prove, by future good conduct, her sense of contrition for the past, and resolution for the future; and although she was most thankful for the sympathy of her friends, she never sought it by useless complaining, or aggravated her sufferings in order to wintheir pity or elicit their praise; and by her perseverance and patience, a cure was obtained much sooner than could have been expected from the nature of the accident. Zebby regularly amended, as she perceived the great object of her anxiety amend also; and the sense she entertained of her late danger, the gratitude she felt for the kindness she had been treated with, and, above all, the self-denial to which she perceived her young lady accustomed herself, in order to recover, induced her henceforward to become temperate in ler use of food, and tractable as to the means-necessary for preserving her health, and to perceive her duty with regard to the commands given by her Slung lady, to whom she was now more truly attached than ever: for the attachment of improved, minds goes far beyond that of ignorance.



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iTHE BARBADOES GIRL 97 One evening, when the whole family were assembled, the disorder which had afflicted Zebby became the subject of asmversation; Miss Campbell observing, t the poor woman had undoubtedly been as nervous as any fine lady, and therefore given another proof, in addition to the multitude which must affect every person of judgment and feeling, that there was indeed no difference of constitution, feeling, or character, between white people and black ones, when they were placed in similar circumstances." "Certainly not," said Mr. Harewood, '" and in a short time this doctrine will be more fully proved by the emancipation of all the blacks, who will, I trust, become diligent servants and happy householders, no longer the slaves of tyrants, but the servants of upright masters." "But I am told, mamma," said Edmund, thh the proprietors of West India property will all be ruined; people say, this will come Upon them as a retribution for past sins; but as many of these sins were committed in days that are past, and the present inhabitants, in many instances, have behaved exceedingly well, I must own I wish sincerely this may not be the case. Can yot tell me any thing about it ?" They all deserve to be ruined," interT I 7



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 173 cace with poor erring Matilda? or can you for a moment accuse her of a fault, which never yet came amongst the numerous catalogue of her early sins? 7 Mrs. Hanson joined the group at the window, and in a few moments they all descended together, to welcome Charles and Belmont, who soon understood the happy footing on which those so dear to them were placed; and Charles enjoyed a hearty laugh at the jealousy he had excited, though he could not regret a circumstance which had in any measure led to a conclusion so desirable. When poor Zebby, whose sable forehead was now shaded by gray locks, was told all that had happened, she exclaimed with her usual enthusiasm,--" All right-all happy-Missy have goodee friend, goodee husbanhim always mild and kind; Missy very goodee too-some time little warm, but never, necer when she lookee at massa; him melt her heart, guide her steps, both go hand in hand to heaven." The negro's conception of this union has every prospect of being verified, and proves that the simplest and most uninformed of human beings may yet enjoy the light of reason, and a just perception of the characters of those around them. When Charles had bade adieu to his



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 87 be handsome, it is a pity they should lose their beauty." It is, my dear, to a certain degree a pity; for a pretty face, like a pleasant prospect, gives pleasure to the beholder, and leads the nind to contemplate the great Author of beauty in his works, and rejoice in the perfection every where visible in nature. The possessors of beauty may, however, so often spare it with advantage to themselves .. '' their near connections, that the loss o provided there is neither sickness, nor very disgusting appearance, left behind, es not appear to me a very great misfortune "But surely, mamma, people may be. very pretty and very good ?" "Undoubtedly, my dear; but such are' ne temptations handsome people are subject to, that they are much more fr' to be pitied than envied; yet envy nrrnhe illiberal and malicious se -ils to pursue them; and when they ari'&e either Vain nor arrogant, generally points them out as both." .1 have often wished to be handsome, mamma, because I thought people would love me if I. were; but if that is the case, I must havr_ 'n mistaken, mamma." Ide you were, my child; personal charms,. liowever attractive to the eye, do not blind, or even engage the heart, unless



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 151 either his present affection, or his past services, the medium of increasing the general regard Matilda had manifested for both his sons into a decided predilection for either: nor was he aware that either of the young men had for her that peculiar attachment which a man ought to feel for a wife. Edmund was wrapt apparently in a profession which is in its own nature absorbing, and Charles appeared too eager to travel to have any tendency to early marriage. About a week after the foregoing conversation had taken place between Matilda and her mother, the former went again to a ball, with a lady of rank, who engaged to be her guardian for the night, as Mrs. Hanson and Mrs. Weston had both caught severe colds, from being out late together. Lady Araminta Montague, the conductor of Matilda for the evening, was a fashionable and showy woman, who never appeared in public without being surrounded by all those who affected to be considered persons of taste, and fitted to move in the first style. She was now sought with more than common avidity, on account of her attractive companion, whom she endeavoured to show off in the happiest manner, by leading the light conversation of the moment to subjects flniliar to Matilda's observation, or likely



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 47 observed Ellen, "but I should be glad to know whether something is not the matter with the sun when it looks copper-colour like the lid of a stewpan; because in summertime, I remember, when we were out in the fields, it used to be bright golden yellow, so glorious and full of shine, as it were, that looking at it, even for a moment, made my eyes ache, and thousands of black and green spots to come into them." "My dear Ellen, though.you did not understand all the words I used, it is yet plain you did comprehend the sense, as you have brought forward an example of this effect of the atmosphere, which we all witness every day; the fogs and exhalations through which we view the sun"re the cause of that dingy appearance you remark: and even in the summer-time, as the sun descends, you may perceive he becomes more and more red and dark as he approaches the horizon. I have therefore no doubt but the veil, or vapoury substance, of which I speak, is but a little distance from the earth; for I observe, that as the sun rises into the heavens, he grows more brilliant from surmounting this veil." "Did you find this out of yourself, Ed*mund ?" "I noticed it one day to papa, and he explained it; he told me, too, that all the beau-



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26 THE BARpADOES GIRL. "Poor woman!" said Mrs. Harewood; "we must all help; this little stranger has a claim on us." Ellen clapped her hands-J" Oh, mamma, may I make it a nightcap ?" "Yes, my dear; I will get some old linen, and cut out a few things, after tea." "I will give you a crown, my dear," said Mr. Harewood; as I cannot assist, in sewing, I must help to buy needles, and thread." "And I will give you a shilling, mamma," ., *aid Edmund, "if you please." "Oh dear," said Charles, "I am very sorry, but I have only fourpence, because I spent all my monaeyon my new kite; but if that will do any good, mamma-"It will do good, Charles, and I will not grieve you by refusing it t because I see you are sorry that you have no more, which will teach you another time to be provident, and then you will not be under the necessity of giving your last farthing, or refusing to be charitable, when such a case occurs again." Ellen handed Charles's fourpence to her mamma; and as she did so, she put a sixpence between the pence, so as not to be seen by Matilda, lest it should seem like a reproach t. her; and as she slipped the holee into her mother's hand, she said-'' hope,



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58 THE BARBADOES GIRL. As her judgment became more enlightened, she saw more clearly into the errors of her past education, and became perfectly aware that the love of her too-indulgent father had been productive of innumerable pains, as well as faults. She found herself much more happy now than she had ever been in her life; yet she had never so few indulgences-she had no slaves to wait on her, no little black children to execute her commands and submit to her temper; she was not coaxed to the dainties of a luxurious table, nor had costly clothes spread before her to court her choice, nor any foolish friend to repeat all she said, as if she were a prodigy of wit and talent; and all these things, she well remembered, were accorded to her as a kind of inheritance in Barbadoes; but, along with them, she rememnbered having violent passions, in which she compiled excesses, for which she afterwarcPfelt keen remorse, because she saw how 'hey wounded her mother, and shamed even her doting father-ill-humour and low spirits, that rendered every thing irksome to her, and many pains and fevers, from which she was now entirely free; and she found, in the conversation, books, and instructions of her young friends, amusement to which nothing she had enjoyed before would bear



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152 THE BARBADOES GIRL. to draw from her those remarks in which the ability and talent she possessed would be naturally, yet strikingly, displayed. Of this species of kindness Matilda was wholly unconscious, as it was one which her own friends had never adopted; when, therefore, she found herself the universal centre of attraction in the room, it was no wonder that her spirits were unusually elated, and her vanity took the lead; so that when the sprightly dance added its intoxicating powers, and her mind was entranced by the pleasure of the moment, she forgot the resolutions and opinions formed in a wiser hour. When the first two country-dances were over, several parties began, as on the preceding night, to form into couples for the purpose of waltzing, at that time a novelty in this country ; and while Matilda was looking at them, to her surprise, Sir Theodore Branson just entered the room, and asked the honour of her hand, which he almost claimed as a promise. This young gentleman was considered the handsomest man, and the most elegant dancer, in, the circles of fashion. That he was at once a shallow coxcomb and an encroaching acquaintance, unfortunately did not prevent many young ladies from desiring him as a partner; and when Matilda per-



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 163 forth by the departure of her brother, and the declaration of her lover, overpowered her, and he received thus a silent, but a full consent to his wishes. In the mean time, Edmund had conquered the more immediate pang that laboured at his heart, and, entering the library, had grasped the hand of Charles, and uttered a few words of congratulation, but it was in a voice so broken, that there was more of sorrow than joy in it. Charles had not the slightest doubt of his brother's affection, he did not therefore doubt for a moment the sincerity of his assertion, but he was persuaded that the idea of his own situation, as being two years older, and yet likely to remain dependent on his father for some years, was a sensible mortification to him; and, feeling for his situation, he said-" Ay, my dear fellow, there is a difference between us now, sure enough; but there is no doubt of your doing well by and by; besides, you are the eldest, and deserve to be so; I am sure father can never do too much for such a son as you are, Edmund." Edmund gazed in astonishment to hear Charles express himself with so much ease, at a time when he expected his heart must be overpowered with trouble; his fears lately



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62 TIHE BARBADOES GIRL. body and mind depends upon their due exercise, and that a taste for study is yet perfectly compatible with those various exertions to which the duties of a woman always call her, in whatever sphere she may have occasion to move. Miss Campbell wished to save her pupils alike from that perpetual fidgetiness, which renders so many females--unable to amuse themselves for a single hour, unless their hands, feet, ar tongue are employed, and that pertinacioustove of reading, which renders them utterly unable to enter into the common claims of society, while a new story is perused, or a new study developed; she considered these errors as diseases in the mental habit it was her duty to prevent or eradicate, since they must be ever inconsistent with general duty -. nd individual happiness. Time passed-the vacation arrived, and the young people had the pleasure of all meeting again. Matilda was nearly as glad as Ellen to see Edmund and Charles, who, on their own parts, were much improved, and delighted to find the girls so. Matilda was in every respect altered, and although she had not Ellen's sweetness of temper, yet she had greatly conquered her propensity to passion, was very obliging in her general



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 43 waiting upon herself. She imputed the change, which could not fail to be remarked, to the climate-and unquestionably it is more easy and pleasant to be active in a cold country, than a hot one; but her friends were well aware that the change in her mind was greater than that of her country, and they forwarded this happy effect, by rendering the studies in which she engaged as delightful to her as possible, in order that, by prosecuting them, she might become less liable to rest her happiness on the vain pomp, useless show, and tyrannical power, which were wont to delight her. As, however, all bad habits are slowly eradicated, and it by no means follows that even the error we have lamented and acknowledged should be so torn from the heart that no traces remain, so it would happen, from time to time, that Matilda would fly into violent passions with the servants around her, as with her young companions; and even when these were suppressed, she was apt to give herself airs of importance, and descant on the privileges she enjoyed in her own country, where she was fanned when she was hot, by slaves upon their knees, and borne about in a stately palanquin; -where the most exquisite fruits were continually presented to court her palate;



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52 THE BARBADOES GIRL. plantations to children, otherwise they plant words rather than ideas in their minds, and create a confusion which it may take many a year of after-thought to unravel ?" "I was very foolish," said Charles, looking at Ellen with the air of one that wondered how it had been possible to give pain to that little gentle heart, which sought only to bestow pleasure on all around it. He was about to speak, but before he had time, his fond sister had read his heart, and throwing her arms around his neck, she exclaimed"I know you meant nothing, dear Charles; no, I know you didn't; only you are so fond of being funny." The eyes of Charles did indeed now twinkle with a tear; and Matilda, who was quick to discern, and acute in all her feelings, was much affected. When they retired, she revolved all the conversation in her mind; she saw clearly that virtue and knowledge were the only passports to happiness; and the remembrance of her mother's desire to teach her various things, which she had either shunned from idleness, or rejected with insolence and ill-humour, rose to her mind; and the unhappy indulgence of her father appeared to her in far different colours to what she had ever beheld it. She became frequently disturbed, and full of painful re-



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 49 whose two sons were afterwards murdered in the Tower by their wicked uncle, Richard the Third." I remember that," said Matilda, timidly, yet with that kind of pleasure which indicated a sense of approaching her superior in knowledge, and being sensible that this was the only kind of superiority worth possessing. Scarcely, however, had she spoken, when Charles, throwing himself into a theatrical attitude, exclaimed-" Ay! but do you remember the man that looked like him-to this same Henry, 'Who drew Priam's curtains in the dead of night, and would have told him half his Troy was burnt '" "No, indeed," said both the girls, staring. Charles burst into a loud laugh at their innocent surprise at his violent gesticulation and grimace. "I know what you mean," said Ellen, rather poutingly; "yes, I know it very well, though I don't choose to talk about things of that kind, because I have always been told that none but ignorant and foolish people did so." "But I entreat you," said Charles, "to tell me what you think I mean, for I am sure you surprise me now as much as I did you." "Why, I suppose Henry's holy shade E 4 Slk



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THE BARIB.DOES GIRL. 143 moment of petulance occurred with her provoking little pupil, and airs of arrogance were apt to swell her bosom, upon those occasions which called out the superiority of her fortune, or the exhibition of those talents which could not fail to be remarked in her situation of life. But on these occasions it was never difficult for Mrs. Weston or her good mamma to recall her to a sense of the folly and guilt of indulging such a temper; for her religious principles were deeply ingrafted, and her sensibility genuine and active; so that the moment her mind perceived that she was wounding a fellow-creature, and thereby offending God, her heart revolted from her own conduct, and she lost not a moment in retracting the assertions of anger, and rendering, as far as she was able, every atonement for her error. CHAPTER XIV. TIME passed, and the children of either house exhibited those gradual changes which are scarcely perceptible to a parent's eye, under which they so constantly remain. The young men exchanged school for college;



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 181 to look up; for although she had a considerable general feeling of awe for Mr. Harewood, yet she had the most perfect reliance on his justice and kindness; and ashamed and conscious of past error as she now was, she yet felt assured of his protection and mercy. The moment her eye met his, she felt all her hopes confirmed; and in the joy and exultation it gave her, she acquired strength to burst through the crowd; rushing forward, she sought refuge in his arms, and laid her burning cheek on the kind hand he extended towards her. Ellen, at this moment, was, for the first time, attended to, as she cried out, with still stronger pathos-" Dear papa, I am so glad you are here! for you will tell us the truth -you will convince every body, that people in the West Indies do not torture their poor slaves for nothing but their own wicked pleasure." My dear little advocate, as I have never been in the West Indies, I have no right to contradict such evidence as has been brought forward by respectable witnesses." A cry of exultation began to pass the lips of the Euston party; but they were silent, as Mr. Harewood began to speak again. I am the more inclined to think these



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 23 it As they spoke, the tears were in their eyes, and Matilda was affected: she remem:bered the tenderness of her own mother, and how often she had turned a deaf ear to her expostulations. She was convinced that these children, at this very time, enjoyed a sweeter pleasure tlhn she had ever experienced from the gratification of her desires, and she even longed to confess her folly, and gain her share of Mrs. Harewood's caresses; but pride still struggled in her heart; and though her reason was convinced of the truth, that children are indeed dependent on their friends for all that renders life valuable, yet her temper still got the better, and she resolutely held her tongue, though she ceased to look haughty and ill-humoured. CHAPTER III. THIS CHinteresting displayof natural feelings THIS interesting display of natural feelings wasiterrupted by the hastf re-entrance of Mr. Harewood, followed by Betty, the housemaid, who, in Utering the door in a hurry* had fallen down a step; arid hur her-fore.he;d, and was now brought forward by her *,V



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30 THE BARBADOES GIRL. they always were with sensible good people. But, Matilda, what long stitches you are taking! I shall have all your work to pick out again." "I believe I cannot sew, indeed." "So it appears; nor can you play a tune, no0kead a French lesson, nor write, nor draw: poor little girl! you have a great deal to learn: but, however, keep up your spirits; if you are diligent and tractable, you will conquer all your difficulties; humility and industry will enable you to learn every TShing." "How very strange it is," said Matilda to herself, "that these people appear to pity me, illstead of envying me, as they used to do in Barbadoes, and as I thought they would do here! besides, they are not angry with me, even when they find fault with me, and they seem to wish me to be good for the sake of being happy." These thoughts somewhat soothed the perturbedbosom of the poor child until the 4 hour of rest, when the remembrance of the good-tempered negro's destination rose to her mind, and she lamented her absence, and blamed her exceedingly for leaving her to go after a woman she had never seen in her life: but the next day, it was apparent that the lesson she had received was not lost upon her;



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40 THE BARBADOES GIRL. as if my heart would break. Ellen is always so good, that I did not think so much of her kindness, but nobody knows---" Again the repentant girl wept 7 and at length with difficulty proceeedd--" Nobody knows how dearly I love her, and you too." She received the kindest assurances from both Mr. and Mrs. Harewood of their affection, and that they fully believed she would conquer her bad temper, now she saw how much it was not, only her duty, but happiness to do so; and Mr. IIarewood assured her that he had no doubt, but in the course of a few years, he should see her as sensible, good, and well-informed, as his own children. "And then I shall not be an object of pity, sir ?" "No, you will be one of affection and esteem." Oh, I doubt that must never, wet'er be i" "Never despair; though you have many battles with yourself, yet never relinquish the hope of final conquest, and be assured you will find every victory easier than the last. When you find pride rising in your heart, think on your ignorance, and it will make you humble; and when you are inclined to be angry with those around you, remember what you have this day confessed respecting their kindness, and it will make



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THE 3BAtBADOES GIRL. 81 Mrs. Harewood knew the bent of her daughter's mind, and that although, from the sweetness of her temper and the mildness of her manners, she was not likely, to fall into Matilda's errors, there were others 'of an opposite class, from which it was necessary to guard her; she therefore added -"Although consideration and kindness are certainly the first duties to be insisted upon in our conduct, yet there are others of not 'less importance. It is the place of every mistress to exact obedience to reasonable commands and the execution of all proper services. If she does not do this, she deserts her own station in society, defeats the intentions she was called to fulfil, and which made her the guide and guardian, not the companion and fellow-server, of her servants. In abandoning them to their own discretion, she lays upon them a burden which, either from ignorance or habit, they are probably unequal to endure, since it is certain that many truly respectable persons in this class have been only so while they were under the controlling eye or leading mind of their superiors. Besides, all uncommon levity of manners, like all unbecoming freedom in conversation, more frequently arises from weakness or idleness in the parties, and ought to be guarded against in our H 6



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 39 So what, my dear ?" said Mr. Harewood, drawing her towards him, and placing her by his side, in the same manner he was accustomed to let Ellen stand, when she was much in his favour. The action, however kindly meant, for a time redoubled her tears; and the children, understanding their mamma's look, withdrew to the room where they usually breakfasted, without the least symptom of discontent, although they perceived their mamma fill a cup of tea for Matilda at her own table. When they were gone, and the little girl had somewhat recovered, Mr. Harewood whispered her-" Did you mean to say, my dear, that my children were so clever, or so proud, or so what ?" Oh, sir, they are so good! that was what I wanted to say; for there was Edmund who always looked so grave, and was poring over his books, he talked to me quite kindly, and never made the least game of me, for all I must look like a fool in his eyes, who has seen the snow all his life. And then Charles, who is so full of fun and nonsense, and who I always thought could not abide me, he spoke to me as if he was sorry for me, and mlade it out that we were both ignorant alike; and when I remembered how I had look;cd at them, and behaved to them, I felt



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20 THIE BARBADOES GIRL. In a few moments, Mr. Harewood was heard to shut the library-door; and as, of course, he might be expected to re-enter very soon, and would now be much nearer to her than he had been, and would certainly adopt some more decided kind of conduct and language towards her, Matilda became again extremely desirous of knowing what he really had said about her, and she two or three times essayed to speak; but a little remaining modesty, which was nearly all the good which her unhappy education had left her, prevented her, until she found that she had no time beyond the present instant left for satisfying her curiosity on so important a point, when, in a considerable flutter of spirits, she whispered to Ellen, but in a voice sufficiently articulate to be heard by others-"Pray what did your papa say of me ?" "That you were very much to be pitied." "Pitied! Pray what am I to be pitied for ?" Ellenblushed very deeply: she could not answer a question which called down confusion on the head of her who asked it-one, too, whom she was inclined to love, and whose petulance towards herself, however unprovoked, she had already forgiven. She looked wistfully in the face of her amma, e1.v&ZGo' t ^ ^L^^O~ D(C/2tr^C/ f -'-^ o ^t "-^ ..... .^^^^



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 75 her, she insensibly became weaned from this bad practice; and at length, inspired with a sincere desire to imitate her young friends, she broke herself entirely from this disgusting habit, and willingly adopted, in every thing, the simple wholesome fare partaken by her young friends. It was undoubtedly owing to this tempera nce that she preserved her health, and even enjoyed it more than ever, notwithstanding ,the change of climate;' but, alas! the good* sense, resolution, and forbearance' she thus acted with, was not followed by the humble companion of her voyage. The change Zebby experienced in Mr. Harewood's comfortable kitchen, from the simple food to which, as a slave, she had been accustomed in the West Indies, was still greater, though in an exactly contrary line, than that of her young lady. Zebtfy soon learned to eat of the good roast and boiled she sat down to, and exchanged the simple beverage of water for porter and beer, in consequence of which she became much disordered in her health; and when Mrs. Harewood prescribed a little necessary physic, as her mild persuasions were enforced by no threat, and the prescription appeared to the unenlightened negro a kind of punishment she had no inclination to endure, there wa no **



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 73 CHAPTER IX. THE foolish indulgence of Mr. Hanson had in no respect been more injurious to his only daughter, than in the unrestrained permission to eat whatever she liked, and as much of it as she could swallow. On arriving at Mr. Harewood's, she found herself at a loss for many of the sweet and* rich dishes she had been accustomed to eat of at her father's luxurious table; for al-though theirs was very well served, it consisted generally of plain and wholesome viands. Under these circumstances, Matilda made what she considered very poor dinners, and she endeavoured to supply her loss by procuring sweet things and trash, through the medium of Zebby, who, in this particular, was more liable to mislead her than any other person, because she knew to what she had been used, having frequently waited upon her, when the little gormandizer had eaten the whole of any delicacy which happened to be provided for the company. Mrs. Harewood took great pains to correct* this evil, especially on Ellen's account; for as Matilda was not covetous, she was ever ready to share with her only companion the CY



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TIIE BAR'IBADOES GIRL. 141 "Do not think me vain nor presuming, dear Mrs. Weston, if I say, that, whilst you are my governess, I will, with my mamma's permission, become little Harriet's governess; I am quite sure it will do us both a great deal of good, for she will every hour remind me how much more naughty and tiresome and provoking I used to be when I first came over, and teach me to endure with patience, and remove with gentleness and firmness, the errors which, in so young and engaging a child, claim my compassion rather than blame. I shall love her very dearly, 1 am certain, because I see she is of a loving temper, notwithstanding her faults; and I am certain, if she feels as I do, she will love me for curing her of them; then I will teach her all I know, and as I shall improve every day, you know I shall improve her also Dear mamma, pray let me try! I do not know any way in which a girl like me can show gratitude to God so effectually, as in endeavouring to make my fellow-creature as happy as myself, and especially my own little countrywoman." The tenderness and earnestness with which this request was urged, as well as the excellent motive, ensured its success; and in a few days the mother and daughter removed together to Brompton, and a regular system 0 0~ ~ LL~rVI CL~ I IbLIUYYI



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74 THE BARBADOES GIRL. raisins and almonds, figs, gingerbread, biscuits, or comfits, which she was continually munching; and this Mrs. Harewood had a particular objection to, not only because it is bad for the health, and lays the foundation for innumerable evils in the constitution, but because it renders young people hateful in their appearance, since nothing can be more unladylike or disagreeable, than the circurnstance of being called to speak when the mouth is full, or displaying the greediness of their appetite, by cramming between meals, stealing out of a room to fill the mouth in the passage, or silently moving the jaws about, and being obliged to blush with shame when caught in such disgraceful tricks. In order to guard against this habit, Mrs. Harewood positively forbade her servants from bringing any thing of the kind into the house; but poor Zebby, from habit, still obeyed her young Missy, and, besides, she had no idea that the enjoyments of fortune were good for any thing else than to pamper the appetite; so that it was a long time before she could be brought to desist from so pernicious a practice. As, however, the mind of Matilda strengthened, and she began to employ herself diligently in those new branches of education now imparted to



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160 THE BARBASDOES GIRL. the ball of the evening before; and Ellen, with friendly zeal, sought to exculpate her friend Matilda from the errors which Mr. Belmont seemed to think her guilty of, in exhibiting herself in a dance, by no means decorous, with a young man of Sir Theodore's description.-" I do not say," added he, that it was a positively wrong thing, nor do I much wonder at it; for a fine young woman, and an heiress, may be led a great way, by the flatterers and sycophants who surround her; but I must own I expected better things from the chosen friend of Ellen Harewood, from a girl educated by a pious and sensible mother, and one said to possess a sound understanding." Edmund was silent, but his varying complexion bespoke the strong interest he felt in the subject; Charles, on the contrary, warmly entered into it, declaring that a few words which passed between Matilda and him clearly proved that she had been misled by her party; that her sense of propriety was as strong as ever; and, in short, that she was a deal, amiable, good girl, whom he would defend as long as he lived. The warmth of Charles's assertion called a smile from every one. During the time he spoke, his father had been called out; the servant now entered, desiring his presence



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THE 3BARBADOES GIRL 129 ost delicate ladies are waited upon by a slaves, whose bare backs are probably ble eng from the recent effects of a sound whipping, inflicted, probably, because Missy's doly had fallen, and broken her nose, out of'Missy's own hands." "'Shocking creatures !"-"Dreadful wretche "Wicked creatures !"-"How terrible I" pw abominable!" were exclamations na 1ly1 uttered on every side, and those -. on Matilda's innocent triumph, had in first instance pressed around her, now withdrew romn her side, shrinking as from something monstrousand lIathsome in nature; and such was the bustle and confusion .Iween those who were eager to inquire, arid those who were more eager to inform, that the few who endeavoured to divert attention from the subject, or insist upon the pictures presented being overcharged, could not be heal. Matilda, overwhelmed with burning Flushes, was'utterly unable to articulate a syllable, much less to stem the torrent which, in accusing her country in general terms, was aimed at her in particular: her conscience accused her of many crimes, which, though far removed from atrocity like this, were yet utrly' unjustifiable, and, as she now belie.might have led to the utmost limits 9



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 51 by various quotations; but when they make inquiries to increase their own stock of knowledge, it is our duty, and ought to be our pleasure, to give them information, not confusion, which you evidently intended to do; besides, it is rude, almost inhuman, to oppress any person, even by the possession of that which is in itself praiseworthy; and as the end of all conversation is, or ought to be, improvement, a person who in any manner checks the spirit of inquiry and free discussion, hinders that end. We all know that English history is all that Ellen has dipped into, and in the little she presumed to utter on the subject, she was perfectly correct; whereas yo'i, in your exhibition of more reading, made a palpable error, since Homer ~names maids repeatedly as belonging to the palace, and we cannot doubt their being employed as our housemaids are, since tIheir offices are often particularized." ."A mighty piece of work, truly," said Charles, for just quoting two lines of Shakspeare !" No, no, Charles, 'tis not for the quotation, but the manner, and you cannot but see yourself how erroneous an idea was taken up in consequence; how often does papa say people can never be too plain and simple, too downright and unequivocal, in their ex-



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 41 you bear with the present vexation; and if at any time you are discomfited in any pursuit, either of virtue or knowledge, recollect what I now say, that, with many faults, yet you have some merit, and may therefore reasonably hope to attain more." "Have I indeed ?" said the now-humbled girl. "Yes, you have an inquiring mind, which is one great step towards the attainment of knowledge, and you are sincere and openhearted, which enables your friends to see what is the real bent of your disposition, and to give you the advice really necessary; and I hope, with this groundwork of good, you will be a very different girl when your mother again sees you." Mr. Harewood left Matilda quieted, but deeply impressed by what he had said. CHAPTER V. FROM this time, Matilda felt as if her heart was lightened of a heavy load, and she looked up to Mr. and Mrs. Harewood as friends, whom it was her duty to obey, and her privilege to love; and to the



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144 TH E BARBADOES GIRL, the girls, under the protecting guardianship of their mothers, were taken into public; and a new sense. of care, on a new ground, pervaded those anxious hearts, which beat but for their beloved offspring, and which were perhaps most solicitous for them, at the time they were indulging the innocent and artless gaiety natural to their age. As Edmund Harewood had ever been a thoughtful youth, and possessed talents which were likely to render his study of the law beneficial both to himself and the community, Mr. Harewood changed his opinion as to the profession he intended him to pursue, and directed him to prepare for the bar, to the entire satisfaction of the young man. Charles had for some time evinced a great desire to enter the army; but as his mother could not conquer her feelings, so far as to, permit it, he was at length induced to resign the scheme entirely; but his anxiety to travel continuing as strong as ever, Mr. Harewood promised, if possible, to procure him some situation in life which would allow him to indulge his wishes, consistent with his duty; but this was conceded on the express terms of his diligent application to study; and as he perceived himself the positive necessity of becoming a good lin4



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114 THE BARBADOES GIRL. many plates to supply, that there appeared little probability of her sharing in the feast. Edmund was near her, and gladly receiving his mother's approving smile, he secured one for Matilda, which he put upon her plate just before the last was demanded. Ellen was equally busy distributing tarts near the bottom of the table. The footman brought her a custard, which he said -Miss Hanson had sent for her. "She is very good," said Ellen, "but I had rather take a jelly, if she will excuse my returning it." The happy mother perceived that Matilda had sent Ellen the very custard which Edmund's kindness had ensured for her. Delicious tears sprang to her eyes; she perceived that Matilda was indeed a different creature; that she l not only conquered a disgraceful propertty, but acquired a habit of generous atte ion to others, of which there was at one period no hopes in her character. The dancing now commenced, and the West Indian acquitted herself with great propriety; for although she did not perform so well as the greater part of the company, yet she was never awkward; and when at a loss for the figure, she listened with modesty, and obeyed with precision the rules laid down to her. Many of the party now as-



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 149 a fear lest Ellen should be induced to expense, added to some jokes that were passed upon her respecting Charles, induced her to forego this plan, and Ellen had too much good sense to pursue it further; and, as the acquaintance of Mrs. IIanson increased, Matilda was necessarily led into parties where Ellen could not meet her; so that they became in some degree divided in person, but their attachment remained the same. Mrs. Hanson was desirous that her daughter should take a more extensive view of society than was necessary for Ellen; she dreaded an early marriage for her, although she thought it desirable to brFig her into society, being persuaded that young women of large fortune too frequently are rendered unhappy in the marriage state, by being dazzled at their first outset in life by the novelty and gaiety of the scene around them, which leads them to expect a continuance of the same brilliant career, incompatible with the duties of that state into which they incautiously plunge; whereas a short time passed in life, would show them the inefficacy of trifling amusement and splendid show to procure real satisfaction, and lead them to investigate those circumstances in the minds and situations of their admiirers, most likely to ensure their future felicity, and most constant t



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32 THE BARBADOES GIRL. human mind to virtue and happiness, but preparing an immortal soul for heaven, they thought little of their own trouble, and were even truly thankful that she had been intrusted to their careful examination and affectionate discipline. CHAPTER IV. AT the end of the week, Zebby came home, according to appointment; and having paid her respects to her excellent lady, she ran up stairs, and entered the apartment where the two young ladies were getting the tasks assigned them by Mrs. Harewood. When Matilda first beheld her she had a great inclination to embrace her, for her heart bounded towards the only creature she had been acquainted with from her cradle; but she suddenly checked herself, and pretended to continue her reading; but Ellen spoke to her kindly, though she told her that she was so situated, as not to be able to chat at present. Zebby comprehended this, and would have withdrawn; but not + ^ have a single word from her, whom in her heart she still



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6 THE BARBADOES GIRL. children, but a little different in disposition, the eldest being grave and studious, the second lively and active, and as he was nearer to Ellen's age, she was often inclined to romp with him, when she should have minded her book; but she was so fond of her mamma, and was educated with such a proper sense of the duty and obedience she owed her, that a word or a look never failed to restrain the exuberance of her spirits. Children are alike naturally curious and fond of society; the moment, therefore, Mr. Harewood mentioned their expected guest, every one had some question to ask respecting her; but as Ellen's was uttered with most mildness and modesty, she was first answered; and her brother Charles, taking this hint, listened quietly to the following conversation, not joining in it, till he felt that he had a right to do so, from having practised a forbearance that cost him some effort. Ellen.-Pray, papa, what is this little girl's name, and how old is she ? Fathter.-She is called Matilda Sophia Hanson: her father was a man of good fortune, and she is an only child; I believe, however, his affairs are in an unsettled state, as her mother is under the necessity of remaining somle time in the country, in order to settle



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56 THE BARBADOES GIRL. fury, outrageous passion, and vile revenge, as are the natural offspring of the human heart, when its bad propensities are matured by indulgence, particularly in those warm countries, where the mind partakes the nature of the soil, and slavery in one race of beings gives power to all the bad passions of another. At length the storm of anguish so far gave way, that Mrs. Iarewood was able to command her attention, and she seized this precious season of penitence and humility to imprint the leading truths of Christianity, and those plain and invaluable doctrines which are deducible from them, and evident to the capacity of any sensible child, without leading from the more immediate object of her anxiety; as Mrs. Harewood very justly concluded, that if she saw her error as a child, and could be brought to conquer her faults such, it would include every virtue to be eected at her time of life, and would lay the foundation of all those which we estimate in the female character. "Oh," cried Matilda, sobbing, if I could kneel at her feet, if I could humble myself lower than the lowest negro to my dear mamma, and once hear her say she forgave me, I could be comforted; but I do not like to be comforted without this; I am



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 63 manners, and considerate to her inferiors, and attached to Ellen, her governess, and Mr. and Mrs. Harewood, with a tenderness and gratitude that was very amiable and even affecting. CHAPTER VIII. ONE day, when Edmund and Charles had been at home about a week, the latter ran eagerly into the sitting-parlour, crying out -" Oh, mamma there is Betty's sister down stairs, with the poor little twins in her arms, which were born just when Matilda came; they have short frocks now, but I perceive they have no shoes: suppose we young ones subscribe, and buy them some, poor things! there is my eighteen-penny piece for shoes, mamma-shoes, and hats too, if we can raise money enough." Mrs. Harewood could not help smiling at Charles's eagerness, as she remembered the useful mortification he had experienced the last time his charity was called upon; and as she took up the money, she observed to him--" I am glad to see this, Charles; it, is a proof you are more provident than you used to be; and, with your propensity to AP-



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80 THE BARBADOES GIRL. guilt, and the very least mischief that can accrue is her unhappiness; for who can be happy whose temper is perpetually ruffled: by the cruel thoughtlessness of those who have the absolute disposal of their time, their talents, and, in a great measure, their dispositions ?" Depend upon it," added Miss Campbell, "that as we are assured in the Scriptures, that 'for every idle word we shall be brought to.account,' so, in a particular manner, must we be judged for all those idle words and actions which have inflicted on any of our fellow-creatures pains we have no right to bestow, or tempted them to sins they had no inclination to follow; the petty tyrannies of our whims, changes, and fancies -of our scoldings, complaining, peremptory orders, and causeless contradictions, will all one day swell that awful list of sins, of which it may be truly said, 'we cannot answer one in a thousand."' When Miss Campbell ceased speaking, Ellen, who, although not affected so violently as Matilda, had yet felt much for Zebby's situation, and was seriously desirous of profiting by all she heard, said in a low voice-" I will do every thing for myself-I will never trouble Susan, or Betty, or any body." oU



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THE BARBADOES GIRL 169 first fee was given for a consultation on her marriage-settlemlen ts." Matilda breathed; the lustre of her eye, the glow on her cheek, could not be mistaken by the fond parent, who now clearly understood the cause of Matilda's frequent despondency, and the refusals she had given to all offers of marriage. "I wish," said Mrs. Hanson, "that you and Mrs. Harewood and our young friends would dine with me: I am really impatient to be introduced to Mr. Belmont." "As you please, madam; the wanderer must certainly see you once more, and I do not know that he can choose a better day." Ellen proposed writing a note to her mother, and left the room with Mrs. Hanson, when Mr. Harewood, perceiving that Matilda was again in confusion, said,*by way of diverting her attention-"You have seen Mr. Belniont, Miss Ianson ?" "Yes, I have; and bIe has seen me, to my sorrow. You remind me of a folly I have by no means forgiven in myself. I still want the eye of a tutor, you see." "Charles has, however, been your advocate so effectually, that I believe not one of the family will ever remember it again." "Not one!" said'Matilda, blushing deeply. Not one Charles is a warm advocate." P



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 31 she appeared ashamed of her ignorance, and willing to learn; and as all her young friends were very willing to instruct her, in what: ever they had the power, she soon began to make some progress in her education; she was a child of good capacity, and, when roused to exertion, unusually quick; Ad being at an age when the mind expands quickly, it was no wonder that she soon gave evident marks of improvement. It was observed, that as her mind became enlightened, her manners were softened, and her petulance less obtrusive, though she was seen to suffer daily from the habitual violence of her temper, and the disposition to insolence, which unchecked power is so apt to foster in young minds. Mrs. Harewood found the care of Matilda greatly increase her task of managing her family, as one naughty child frequently makes another, by raising up a spirit of contention and ill-humour; and Charles was so frequently led into sallies of passion, or tempted to ridicule the fault in his few companion, that his parents often lamented that they had accepted such a burdensome charge: but when they saw any symptoms of improvement in her, they were ever happy to foster the good seed; and in the consciousness that they were not only raising up a



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THE. BARBADOES GIRL. 83 expected, and very greatly increased the esteem and approbation of her friends. Matilda, when she was not influenced by the bod'iy indolence which was natural to her as a West-Indian, and which was rather a misfortune than her fault, was apt to be too active and bustling for the stillness requiled in a sick chamber; and whatever she Did, was done with a rapidity and noisiness, more in unison with her own ardent desire of doing good, than the actual welfare of the person she sought to relieve; whereas Ellen never for a moment lost sight of that gentle care and considerate pity, which was natural to a mind attuned to tenderness from its very birth; and many a time would she say-" Hush, Matilda! don't speak so loud; have a care how you shut the door," &c. One day they both happened to go in just as the nurse was going to give the patient a basin of broth--" Let me give it her," said Matilda; "you know she always likes me to give her any thing." "Sometimes she does, when she knows you; but her head wanders to-day sadly." "Never mind," replied Matilda, in her hurrying manner, and taking the broth from the woman in such a way that the basin shook upon the plate; on which Ellen said



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176 THE BARBADOES GIRL. Girl and her friends, with the sincere wish that all who read her story may, like her, endeavour to correct in themselves those irregularities of temper, and proneness to pride and vanity, which, more or less, are the growth of every human heart, and which can never rise and flourish there, but to the destruction of every virtue and every comfort; and we earnestly desire them to hold in mind, that, in order to purify the heart from these unhallowed guests, a deep sense of religion must be the motive, and a strict principle of self-control the agent, by which so desirable an end can alone be obtained. This little story, written rather to instruct than amuse, can only close with consistency, by briefly recapitulating the lesson it lias, perhaps feebly, but sincerely, endeavoured to inculcate, viz., the necessity of watchfulness over our hearts-the excellence and advantage of being open and ingenuous-the efficacy of repentance towards God, and humility even towards man-and the peculiar necessity of guarding the heart, as with a tenfold barrier, to those who are blest with riches and prosperity. StWrcukiyed by BILLN & BaI TH BKS, -20 North William street, New York.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 15 isobey my commands, I shall be under the ecessity of discharging you." The young lady checked herself, and for moment looked alarmed; but recovering, he said She is not yours, and you sha'n't discharge her: she is my own slave, and I will do what I please with her; poor papa bought her for me, as soon as I was born, pand I'll use her as I please." But you know your mamma told you, that as soon as she arrived in England she vould be fiee, and might either return or emnain, as she pleased. Now it so happens that she is much pleased with my family, and having a sincere regard for your mother, she this morning requested Mrs. Harewood to engage her in any service she could 'undertake: convinced that she was worthy dour protection, we have done this, and !therefore all your claims upon her are over." The little girl, bursting into a passionate flood of tears, ran out of the room. Poor Zebby, courtesying, said-" Sir, me hopes you will have much pity on Missyshe was spoily all her life, by poor rnassaher mamma good, very good; and when Missy pinch Zebby, and pricky with pin, then good miississ she be angry; but massa say only-' Poo! poo! she be child-naughty



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112 THE BARBADQS GIRL. caused it, by the exaggerated praise which wlprung to her lips, Matilda had run down stairs, just to peep at Ellen's new dress, speak of the delight she experienced in having gained her mother's society, and consult Miss Campbell as to the frock she must substitute for the one intended to be' worn; and when Mrs. Hanson was left alone, she almost fancied that the foregoing scene w's a kind of drama, which had been introduced. for the purpose of surprising and pleasing her. But observation confirmed her hopes, and justified her happiness. She descended at dinner-time, and was introduced to the children of the family, who, although little seen among so large a party, yet won her regard, from thj unaffected kindness and ease with which 1iey treated her daughter; and she observed, with approbation, that Matilda and Ellen!vereebssed exactly alike; the latter having deemed weaficg'.-%e frock bought for her, since her friend's co6ul not be procured. Mrs. Hanson could not fail to love Ellen, in wl se countenaire the good temper, modeland sensk'lit which characterized her, ver strongly expressed; but she had not much time 'to comment upon it, for the young party were now coming in, and attention was in some degree divided. In a short time dinner was. announced, and



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 147 "I think you waltz very well," said Mrs. Weston. "I soon should do so, I dare say, if I practised it; but as it was new to me, I durst not venture last night, although I made a kind of half promise to Sir Theodore Branson, that I would do it the very next time we met." "Do you call that waltzing?" said Mrs. Hanson, laying down her netting; "it appears to me to be more the work of the hands than the feet a great deal; and you go round and round, child, very foolishly, till one grows giddy to look at you--so, so -well, and what, do the gentlemen stand by to grow giddy too?" "Dear mmlnma, the gentlemen waltz with the ladies; I said, you know, that Sir Theodore wished me to do it, but I refused." "You did perfectly right; I should have been much hurt if you had waltzed with any man." "It is very fashionable, mother." 'or&d the pity; but I am sure I need no ar rent against it to you, Matilda." indeed, mamma, I see nothing against it-I think it very graceful; and I am sure, if you had seen Lady Emma Lovell last night, you would have thought so too." "My admiration of her person would not



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 55 bad to every body about me; many a time have I vexed her on purpose; and when she scolded me, I was so pert and disobedient-you can form no idea how bad I was. If she spoke ever so gently to me, I used to tell my papa she had been scolding me, and then he would blame her and justify me; and many a time I have heard deep sighs, that seemed to come from the very bottom of her heart, and the tears would stand in her sweet eyes as she looked at me. Oh, -. wicked, wicked child that I was, to grieve such a good mamma! and now we are parted such a long, long way, and I cannot beg her pardon-I cannot show her that I am trying to be good; perhaps she may die, as poor papa did, and I shall never, never see her more." The agonies of the repentant girl, as this afflictive thought came over her min, arose to desperation; and Mrs. Harew who felt much for her, endeavoured tobestow some comfort upon her; but poor Matilda, who was ever violent, even in her better feelings, could not, for a long time, listen to the kind voice of her consoler-she could only repeat her own faults, recapitulate all -the crimes she had been guilty of, and display, in all their native hideousness, such traits of ill-humour, petulance, ungovernable



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148 THE BARBADOES GIRL. for a moment have changed my opinion of her conduct. I see beautiful women, who expose their persons in a manner I decidedly condemn (as I know, Matilda, you do like. wise); looking at them as fine statutes, I may admire the work of the great Artificer; but the moment I consider them as uwomeneL filling a respectable place in society, the wives and daughters of men of rank and probity, and, what is still stronger, women professing, at least nominally, to be members of the Christian church, I turn from them with disgust and sorrow; and though I sincerely despise all affectation of more exalted purity than others, I yet will ever hesitate to give my voice against a folly so unworthy of my sex, and which can be only tolerated by women whose vanity has destroyed that delicacy which is our best recommendation." Matilda .applied all her mother said to waltzing, and thought it was equally just with the strictures she herself felt trua with regard to the mode of dress adopted b some whom she met in public. Ellen and rself were ever well, and even fashil i. dressed; but yet they avoided the faulCtiey condemned: for some time, the sisterly affection which really subsisted between them, induced them to appear in similar dresses; but as Matilda rose to womanhood,



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38 THE BARBADOES GIRL. much as we have, yet you have seen a great deal more that any of us, and you are the youngest of the company, you know. Consider, yol have crossed the Atlantic Ocean, seen groves of orangle-trees and spices grow, and the whole process of sugar-making. You know the inside of a ship as well as a house, and we never saw any thing better than a sloop, or sailed any where but on the Thames." "Besides," said Charles, "you have seen monkeys and parrots, and many other creatures, in their own country, and many curious fish on your voyage. Oh, you understand natural history much better than we do." And if you understand nothing at all," added Ellen, kindly pressing her hand, "mniamma says it is only wilful ignorance that is blameable." Matilda wept still more while the children thus tried to comfort her. This distressed them all; but they rejoiced to see their parents enter the room, persuaded that they would be able to comfort her better, and Ellen instantly besought their attention to the subject by relating as much of the foregoing conversation as was necessary. "No, no, it is not exactly that I am crying for," said Matilda, interrupting her; "it is because I have been so very naughty, and you are all so-so-so----"



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16 THE BARBADOES GIRL. tricks wear off in time.' He be warm man himself." The poor negro's defence affected the little, circle, and Mr. Harewood observing it, said -"You perceive, my dear chilc*n, that this child is in fact far more an object of compassion than blame, for she has been permitted to indulge every bad propensity of her nature, and their growth has destroyed that which was good; of course, her life has been unhappy in itself, yet punishment has not produced amendment. Poor thing l how many of the sweetest pleasures of existence are unknown to her! She is a stranger to the satisfaction of obliging others, and to the consciousness of overcoming herself, which, I trust, you all know to be an inestimable blessing. I truly pity her; but I am compelled to treat her as if I blamed her only; I am obliged to be harsh, in order that I may be useful, and give pain to produce ease." In about an hour, finding that no one approached, and feeling the want of the dinner her shameful rudeness and petulance had interrupted, and which she had but just begun, Matilda came down stairs, with the air of a person who is struggling to hide, by effrontery, the chagrin she is conscious of deserving: no person took any notice of her entrance,



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 85 school where she could place Miss Hanson. She would have preferred to keep her at home, and have a governess, who might attend to the instructions necessary both for her and Ellen; but the bad temper and insolent airs of Matilda had prevented this, as Mrs. Haremwood could not bear the idea of subjecting an amiable young person, whom she designed for that situation, to be tormented with such a girl. She knew that, in schools, two faults seldom fail to be cured: these are impertinence, or insolence, and affectation-one rendering a person disagreeable, the other ridiculous; and every member in the community of which a school consists, is ready to assist the ruler in punishing the one, and laughing at the other. One morning, when Matilda got out of bed, she went to look whether the morning was fine, and the moment she got to the window, eagerly cried out, in great surprise -" Ellen, Ellen! get up this moment, and come to the window; the whole world is covered with white! and see, there are thousands and thousands of little white feathers coming from the skies, as if the angels were emptying feather-beds upon the earth." "It snows," said Ellen, calmly; "I recollect my papa told us you had never seen it snow." .< .. _ 6 _



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98 THE BARBADOES GIRL, rupted Charles, "who hate done such lbad things as the planters do. Oh, how I wish I could be thge when all the slaves are set at liberty! wvit what delight should I join in their universal shout of joy and freedom, and in all their innocent festivals t' Edmund shook his head-" I should like the slaves to be happy as well as you; but I don't like for any body to be ruined, especially people who are so nerveless and inactive as those who have resided in warm islands; surely it is not true ?" Edmund looked again inquiringly. "I am sorry to say," answered Mrs. Harewood, "that in many cases much suffering may be apprehended; but our government will undoubtedly soften every evil to the inhabitants, as far as they can do it consistent with their views: you know the emancipation of the slaves takes place gradually, and by that means enables people to collectrtheir money, to divert the channels of their merchandise, or to make themselves friends of those who have hitherto been held by the arm of power only. The grand shout of a multitude restored to freedom is undoubtedly very attractive, and enough to warm the heart of a benevolent enthusiast like Charles; but it is not advisable to set food in great quantities before a starving man, lest he eat



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92 THE BARBADOES GIRL. from injuring herself, by adding to the inflammation of her wound. It was a truly affecting spectacle to behold Matilda soothing and comforting the poor black woman, who had not for a moment ceased to reproach herself, since the screams of the young lady had brought her to her senses, and her invectives to the knowledge of her own share in the transaction. It was in vain that the nurse and the servants of Mrs. Harewood had endeavoured to reconcile her, by the repeated assurance, that let the young lady say what she pleased, yet no harnr could reach her: that in old England, every servant had law and justice as much on their side as their master could have. This was no consolation to the faithful negro, who appeared rather to desire even unmerited punishment than seek for excuse; she incessantly upbraided herself for having killed pretty Missy, and breaking the heart of her good mistress; and when she beheld the plastered face of Matilda, these self-reproaches increased to the most distressing degree; and threatened a complete relapse to the disorder she had yet hardly escaped from. You could not help it, Zebby; it was all an accident, and ought to be chiefly attributed to my own foolishness," said Matilda. "Oh, no! it was me bad and foolish,



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138 THIE BARBADOES GIRL. very natural at her age, on revisiting the house whele she had been so happy, and she felt some fears lest it should continue to haunt her mind: she had likewise many forebodings as to the future education of her daughter, being sensible that she had enjoyed advantages in Mr. Harewood's house of no common character; and she very candidly related all that was passing in her mind to that kind lady, whose maternal love for her child rendered her the most proper judge for the future, as she had proved herself the truest friend for the past. Mrs. Iarewood very strenuously recolmmended her to procure a good governess for her daughter, as it was hardly to be expected that she could bring herself to part with her only child, otherwise a school might have been more advantageous to a girl of such an active and social disposition; but, above all, she pressed Mrs. IIanson to endeavour to preserve in her that spirit of humility which lever fails to produce obedience, subdue passion, and open the mind for the reception and nurture of every virtue. On the arrival of Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. HIarewood had left the real improvements of Matilda to be discovered by circumstanc-es; and as the mother and daughter were seldom apart, she had not spoken of the kind andll



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 61 king exhibitions of their attainments to others, but by showing them what was necessary to themselves for their improvement. She considered the work of education as sowing good seed, which shall spring up with vigour in advancing life, in proportion to the depth of the soil and its preparation for receiving it. Whilst Miss Campbell inculcated those branches of polite learningyhich give a grace to virtue, she was s t[ore desirous of inculcating virtue itself, y grafting it on religious principle, and that "fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom." The children of Mrs. Harewood had been taught, from their earliest days, that prudence and charity must go hand in hand; but it remained for Miss Campbell to impress this salutary trlth on the mind of ,Matilda, who was naturally very generous, but debased that feeling by ostentation, and ever sought to indulge it with a vain and hurtfl_)profusion, until she became enlighteiad by her young preceptress, who likewise, in many other points, regulated those desires in her pupils which blend good and evil, and require a firm and delicate management. She was very solicitous to render them active, both personally and mentally, knowing that the health of both



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42 THE BARBADOES GIRL. children, as brothers, whose pleasures were as dear to her as her own; and the warmth and openness of her temper naturally led her to display more than usual friendship, wherever she professed it at all. Happily, with all her faults, she was neither mean, artful, nor deceitful; so that the worst part of her disposition lay open to the observation of those good friends, who, like skilful physicians, only wounded to cure her. The errors of Matilda were those which /never fail to attach to extreme indulgence .pride, impetuosity, haughtiness, insolence, and idleness. Accustomed to consider all around her as born for her use and amusement, she commanded where she should have entreated, and resisted where she ought to have obeyed; but when she found that her wealth, power, and consequence were unknown, or utterly disregarded, and that she could only be esteemed for her good qualities, even her self-love tended to cure her of her idleness; and instead, of drawling out-" Zebby, bring me this," "You fool, fetch me the other," she ad* ministered to her own wants, aid obtained her wishes at so much less expense than she had once thought possible, tlat even her own convenience taught her the wisdom of



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132 THE BARtADOES GIRL. cruelties may sometimes take place in our islands, because I have myself witnessed similar effects in this country, where the barbarians who practised them were much curtailed in their power, and proved rather the disposition than the actual treatment of which you speak towards their unhappy victims." "Indeed!" exclaimed they, with anxious curiosity, pressing nearer to the speaker. "Yes," added Mr. Harewood, raising his voice, and assuming a serious aspect, "I have this very evening heard words applied to the heart of an unoffending individual, more painful than the lash, and seen looks directed against her, more torturing than any of the hateful operations you have mentioned; and I have not the least hesitation in saying, that those who could thus treat an amiable fellow-creature, and one who, as a stranger, is thrown upon their kindness, and entitled at least to their politeness, would, if they had the power, wound the body also, and might, by hardening their hearts against the claims of humanity, in a short time become capable of every possible enormity." An awful silence, strikingly contrasted with the late lively dance and its following conversational bustle, now sat on every



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60 THE BARBADOES GIRL. Mrs. Harewood had been accustomed to give her children the treat of a ball at Christmas; but on this year she put it off until midsummer, partly because she was afraid, in so large a party, and with such various dispositions, Matilda might not be able to conduct herself with perfect propriety during a whole evening, and partly because she wished her to learn to dance; for although this was, in her eyes, a very secondary acciS ishment, when compared to solid knowlee, yet, as a healthful and innocent amusement, and called for in order to form the person in that station of life in which Matilda was likely to move, she desired to see her acquire at least as much of it as would preserve her from the appearance of awkwardness. It was an object of anxiety with this truly maternal friend to save her from all unnecessary mortification, at the same time she earnestly desired to see her tractable, humble, and gentle. Time now passed away pleasantly, for all were occupied, and therefore bhaIl: the idle are subject to many errors, and therefore many'sorrows, from which the busy are exempt. The good governess studied the temper and disposition of her pupils, and drew them forth in the happiest manner; not. by ma-



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44 THE BARBADOES GIRL. and the most costly dresses that money could procure purchased to please her; where every slave trembled at her anger, or rejoiced in her smile; and where she would one day return to reign as absolute as an empress. "Well," said Ellen, one night as this conversation took place in the play-room, "I must own I should like to live at Barbadoes for one thing-I should like to set all the slaves at liberty, and dress their little children, and make all happy; as to all the other good things and grand things, I really think we have quite sufficient of them at home; for I suppose there are no more books nor charities in your country than ours, Matilda; and surely there can be no greater pleasure in this world, than reading the 'Parent's Assistant,' and giving clothes and food to poor children when they are really hungry and starving ?" "Certainly not," cried Charles; "depend upon it, Ellen, England is the finest land in the world; and though I should like to see oranges and pine-apples grow, I confess, and the poor slaves at their merry meeting, all dancing away, with their woolly heads and white teeth, as happy as princes, yet, depend upon it, there is nothing else half so beautiful as with us. England is unquestionably



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84 THE BA.RBADOES GIRL. -" Have a care, the broth seems very hot; indeed, too hot for Zebby to take." Matilda fancied this caution an indirect attack upon her care, and she went to the bedside immediately, and bolting up to the patient, who was sitting, raised by pillows, she offered the broth to her, saying-" Come, Zebby, let me feed you with this nice foodit will do you good." The warm fume of the basin was offensive to the invalidc-" Me no like brothies," said she; and as,it was not instantly removed, she unhappily pushed away the plate, and turned the scalding contents of the basin completely into the bosom of poor Matilda, as she reclined towards her. Shrieking with pain, and stamping with anger, Matilda instantly cried out that she was murdered, and the wretch should be flayed'aive. Ellenlihocked, terrified, and truly sorry, called out in an agony-" Mamma, dear mamma, come h-t tthis moment I poor Matilda is scalded to iteath I" The nurse, the servants, and Mrs. Harewood herself, were in a few moments with the sufferer; and the lat Ajigh she despatched the footman fi -.. rFe:. did not for a moment neglect the ass Lap relief in her own power to bes'



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 137 invite Mr. and Mrs. Harewood and their family to spend an early day with her, and was then introduced to Mrs. Weston, whom she knew well by report, and for whose altered situation she was truly concerned, especially after she became acquainted with her, as the suavity of her manners, the quiet dignity of mind, and unaffected resignation with which she bore her misfortunes, could not fail to prepossess her in favour of so wise and good a sufferer, who was likewise so cheerful and willing to be happy. Iarriet was a little girl, about six years old at this time, a tolerably good child but certainly subject to the same errors (though in a far less degree) which had folrmrly distinguished Matilda; and as she wanted incessantly somebody to do something for her, and there was no longer a slave at her command, her mother was too frequently obliged to be that servant-a circumstance which rendered the young Harewoods much less fond of Harriet than they would otherwise have been, and which, at times, tried the temper of even the gentle Ellen. Matilda's whole mind was absorbed by this little girl, on whom she continually cast looks of the deepest interest; her mother imputed the serious air she wore to a regret



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96 THE BARBADOES GIRL. CHAHPTER X. WHEN Matilda was fully recovered from the pain of her accident, her good friends had the satisfaction to perceive that the most salutary effects had arisen from the disposition with which she had bornelit. She had become sensible how much we must all be indebted to our fellow-creatures, in any privation of health and ease, and this had taught her to be humble and thankful to all who contributed to her comfort; and from necessarily suppressing both her appetite end her temper, she had gained a command of both, which she had been a stranger to before. From being unable to join in any play re_auiring personal activity, she had been obliged to find her amusement ig reading; and as that most excellent and delightful work, "The 'Parent's Assistant," by Miss Edgeworth, ha/ieen presented to her just before, she made Erself completely mistress of those admirable tales, and by conversing much upon them with Mr. and Mrs. Harewood, with whom she usually sat, she became deeply imbued with all the important precepts they are intended to convey, as well as the stories they so agreeably relate.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 85 scraped some white lead* into a little thick cream, and applied it with a feather all over the scalded parts; and in a very short time the excruciating pain was relieved, and the fire so well drawn out by it, that when the surgeon arrived he made no change in the application, but desired it might be persisted in, and said-" He had no doubt of a cure being speedily obtained, if the patient were calm.'i J During the former part of jis time, MA tilda continued to scream incessantly, wi the air of a person whose, untnerited intolerable sufferings gave a right o b lence; and even when she became comp tively easy, she yet uttered bitter comply against Zebby, as the cause of the misce never taking into consideration her share of it, nor recollecting that sh both thoughtlessly and stubborn r electing the advice of Ellen; though her principal I ti deavour to benefit Ze deficiency in act offered her broth poor creature the commit those atro inome nti Tlhe iln variot



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90 THE BARBADOES GIRL. A confused recollection of all the particulars of the affair now came to Matilda's memory; and as by degrees they arose on her mind. she became ashamed of the extreme impatience she had exhibited, and surprised that Ellen could love and pity so much a girl whose conduct was so little likely to ensure affection and respect; and although the pain became every moment more troublesome, she forbore most magnanimously to complain, until the changes in her complexion induced Mrs. Harewood to say,-" I think, Matilda, we had better apply the ointment again to your wound--you are still suffering from the fire, I see." If you please, ma'am." With a light and skilful hand, Mrs. Harewood again touched the wounds, and immediate ease followed; but ere she had finished her tender operation, Matilda caught that kind hand, and, pressing it fondly to her lips, bathed it with her tears; they were those of gratitude and contrition. I fear you are in much pain still," said her kind friend, though she partly comprehended her feelings. "Oh, no! you have given me ease; but if you had not, I would not have minded I feared, indeed I am certain, that I be haved very ill, quite shamefully, this morn.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 111 on this appearance, 4ebby tapped at the door, and, on being admitted, said, with as very long face and doleful accent-" Oh dear, Missy, very bad ting have happened; de milliner have sentee home Miss Ellen new frock, and no sentee yours. She say she cannot make till next week, because she -very busy for little girls that losee their mamma, and must have blackee clothes tomoofow day." 'Mrs. Hanson's heart sunk, and she felt as if her pleasure for this day at least was over, for she fully expected to see Matilda fly into a rage with the messenger, the milliner, and indeed all the house; and she could scarcely believe her own senses, when Matilda replied calmly-" Well, Zebby, it cannot bhielped, and it does not signify much; 1 am sure Mrs. Harewood will excuse my want of new 'dress on this occasioned To be le, IJhould have liked -to look the same a dear Ellen; but how can 2 think of such a trifling disappointment, when I remember it was caused by those unhappy, children, w.o are now mourning for their mamma ? "'So saying, she turned, and eagerly threw her arms round a mother, who, in-the course o her whole life, had not embraced her with i*al satisfaction; but before. she had time \ .J-express her pleasure, and injure er who



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 127 her; for, although she could not conceive that there was any harm in the study, she saw plainly that some spleen was intended against Matilda, and she loved her too dearly, to stand by whilst any wound was inflicted Pich her interference might avert. Though most gentle and unoffending in her nat he was capable of warm and active i aBH and, of course, was not a little 4t ~B n and hurt when the young lady ill" Surely, Miss Harewood, you can_ lojlnorant that all our great medical 's tortl and kill animals, for se of .arning the nature of ma cases, undoubtedly for _boc-he f learning how much suffering bodie""r Qertain size and texture are capable enduring? Now I don't doubt, Miss Hanson, being so wise in other matters, can tell you exactly how much pain is necessary to kill a sltye, how many stripes a child can endure, atnd how long hunger, beating, and torturing, may be applied without producing death; and prove that in case they do destroy a few blackies, that don't signify, if'they can afford to buy more." "Well, and suppose Miss Hanson did kill some of those creatures," cried Miss Holdup, "she canafford to buy more; at least, her npamma can, which is iuch the same; though



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78 THE BARBADOES GIRL. Mrs. IHarewood endeavoured to comfort her under this affliction, by leading her to view the consolations which religion offers to the afflicted in general, and she explained the nature of that beneficent dispensation whereby the learned and the ignorant, the poor and the rich, the slave and his master, are alike brought to receive salvation as the free gift of God, through the mediation of our merciful Redeemer; and comforted her with the hope, that although pdor Zebby's mind was but little enlightened, and her faith comparatively uninformed, yet as, to the best of her knowledge, she had been devout and humble, resting her claims for future happiness on that corner-stone, the goodness of God in Christ Jesus," so there was no reason to fear that she would not leave this world for a far better, for "a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." Matilda's mind was deeply impressed with this holy and happy consolation, but yet she could not help lamenting her own loss, in one whom she no longer considered her slave, and little better than a beast of burden, but as her countrywoman, her friend, the partaker of that precious faith by which alone the most wise, wealthy, and great, can hope to inherit the kingdom of



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70 THE BARBADOES GIRL. son in the world, except my Barbadoes mamma." The children eagerly crowded round their mother's chair, to hear what the good news was, which promised to benefit Sally, and make Matilda happy. "I know," said Mrs. Harewood, that the purchase of a mangle would set up the poor woman in her profession as a washerwoman, and enable her to earn at least ten shillings a-week more. It was my intention to purchase one for her myself at Christmas; but I could not do it before, as my charity-purse has been very much run upon lately. When Mr. Harewood comes in, I will ask for the money, and to-morrow we will all go in the coach, and see Matilda purchase it: but, my dear girl, suppose you just step and inform the poor woman of your intention, which I am certain you had rather do without witnesses; it will not only increase her pleasure, but enable her to prepare her apartment for such a noble and useful piece of furniture." Matilda left the room, but returned almost immediately. "You have been very quick," said Ellen, in rather a murmuring voice; "I wanted to know what she said and how she looked when you told her the good news." I did not speak to her myself-I corn-



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168 THE BARBADOES GIRL. Ellen ? ymo that are going to be marriedyou?" "Dear me, how astonished you look I I suppose I shall be married some time. I told you that perhaps Mr. Belmont might, some time-. "My dear, dear Ellen, pardon my dulness, and accept my sincerest congratulations. May Heaven bless you, and him you prefer, and make you both as happy as you deserve to be !" "So, so !" cried Mr. Harewood; "if we had never come up stairs, this mighty secret, which, for my part, I told an hour ago down stairs, would never have been revealed. But pray, MAatilda who did you conclude was the marrying person at our house, if it were not Ellen ?" You have sons, sir," tremulously articulated Matilda, not choosing to trust her tongue with a name that dwelt ever on her heart. "Oh, tut, tut, there is no marrying for my boys. Charles is disposed of, and if Edmund can take a wife at thirty, he will be better off than many in his profession; he is now but a little past five-and-twenty, you know." "He danced with a very beautiful woman last night," said Matilda, eagerly, and with recovered vivacity. So I understand shle is a bride 1 and his



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 145 guist, he applied himself to learning the modern languages with great assiduity. Ellen grew up a pretty girl, but her figure was diminutive, and the gentleness and docility which had been ever her happiest characteristic, diffused # charm of feminine softness over her whole person, which was to many very attractive, though not striking. The equanimity of her temper had the effect of perpetuating that smooth and dimpled description of countenance which is peculiar to childhood; so that, although a year older than Matilda, she appeared younger A.nd when they were seen together among:." gers, she was considered as a youngefi terS supported by the kind attentions of her superior; for Matilda, although very modest, was dignified, and her person, being elegant and tall, confirmed the idea. ^ In a short time, Mrs. Hanson received several offers from men of fortune for Matilda, all of which were politely but positively refused; for the poor girl always showed a decideddread of leaving h* mother, and very justly observed, that a very intimate acquaintance was necessary between persons who bound themselves to so sacred and indissoluble a connection as tlarriage;.-and although naturally too generous and ingenuous to suspect others of acting from unworN 10 4



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THE 3BA3ADOES GIRL. 113 the company, about thirty in number, were soon commodiously arranged round the hospitable table. Mrs. iHarewood had thought it right to disperse her own family among her guests, in order that they might pay proper attention'to those near them, as by that means she hoped that none of the invited would be neglected; and according to this arrangement, which was made the preceding day, Matilda took the place appointed for her, which happened to be at some distance from her mamma, who sat, of course, next to Mrs. Harewood. In the bustle of so large a party, Mrs. Hanson could scarcely observe even her daughter at the beginning of the meal; but when the second course came in, she saw with some pain a large dish of custards placed exactly before Matilda; [i on one of the company observing she d never seen such a noble dish of custars before, Mrs. Hanson said-" Matilda is remarkably fond of them; I am sorry they are so near her, for they are not Wholesome." "We seldom have such things on that account," said Mrs. Harewood; "but I must own I think them well placed, because Ma-' tilda can help her friends to them with ease.' These words drew the attention of the young ones, and Matilda soon received so 8



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162 TIIE BARBADOES GIRL. / "Ah !" said Mr. Belmont, "if you, Ellen, could persuade your parents, and, what is in this case of more importance, your own heart, to consider me not only now, but ever, a member of your family, I should be happy indeed." Ellen, rather surprised at this speech than its import, for she had long half hoped, half feared, to think on this interesting but awful subject, turned to her mother, and hid her blushing cheek upon her shoulder, while the parents exchanged looks of satisfaction with each other, and esteem towards the speaker. "Mine, Ellen," continued Mr. Belmont, is neither a sudden nor violent passion; I approach you by no flattery-I dazzle you by no exhibition; but as I trust both my fortune and character will bear the scrutiny of your friends, your only task, my sweet girl, is to examine your own heart, and inquire there how far I am agreeable to your wishes. I have been a silent admirer of your virtues, and I can be a patient attendant for your decision." Ellen gave one glance towards her mother -it answered all her wishes; she turned, deeply blushing, to Mr. Belmont, and timidly, yet with an air of perfect confidence, tendered him her hand; she would have spoken, but the variety of emotion so suddenly called



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46 THE BARBADOES GIRL. all the planets shine with such a glowing lustre, that, Mr. Edwards tells us, Venus is there a kind of moon, in the light she sheds upon the earth, and those stars which are scarcely to be discerned here, are beheld in that enchanting air as bright as the stars of Orion with us." Well," cried Charles, "that must all be because Barbadoes, and the other West India islands, are so much nearer the sun, and I cannot say I have any desire to be in such a hot neighbourhood." No, Charles, that is not the reason; for although it is the fact, yet you cannot suppose that their difference can be perceptible, in thatrespect, to those heavenly bodies which appear to resemble only diamond sparks, from their immense distance. The brilliancy of which I speak arises from the greater purity of the air: we frequently see objects here through a kind of veil, which, though too thin to be perceptible, has yet its effect upon all objects: in some cases it alters, or rather bestows, a colour which does not properly belong to them; frequently impairs their form and beauty, but sometimes adds to their sublimity, and invests them with imposing greatness, proportioned to the obscurity with which they are enveloped." "I don't understand all that Edmund says,"



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v 1-30 THE BABADOES GIRL. of tyranny, cruelty, and oppression; and alj she felt or feared in her own conduct, seemed to rise to her memory, and stamp conscious guilt on her expressive features; and while thus labouring under the torments of a wounded spirit, the Eustons, rejoicing in her confusion, pointed it out as a certain proof of her conscience upbraiding her. and a fresh volley of crimes and accusations were poured forth. It was in vain that Edmund attempted to be heard, and that Charles challenged every one to fight in her behalf, and that Ellen, with distressed vociferation and tears gushiig into.her eyes, kept again and again exclaiming-" It is not true-I am sure it is not; there are many good people in the West Indies, and nobody can be so wicked in the wide world. You tell these tales on purpose to make us ill-fie fie !" The agonized countenance of Ellen, by presenting a striking contrast b its usual expression of mild benevolence, told Mr. Harewood it was time for him to interfere. He had, for some minutes, hovered near, perceiving some kind of conspiracy, and thinking thht his presence would be less observed than that of either of the ladies; and at his near approach, the aggrieved, accused, discomfited Matilda, whose eyes had been long cast on the ground, ventured



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 67 t' Ellen had done, in return for the smile of her-mamma. After a short pause, Mrs. Harewood said P' Wtel Maltilda, your delicacy is now sat.sfied-;-you have not affected any display of humanity, or ostentatious exhibition of wealth, in order to humble your young friends; but I perceive your heart is not satisfied; that heart is really interested in these babes, and, conscious that it is in your power to do more, you are mortified at stopping short of your own wishes and th.r wants." "Oh dear, ma'am," replied Matilda, "you have read all the thoughts of my heart, (at H least all but one,) and if you think it right, :and Ellen will not think me proud, I will indeed be very glad if you will accept a crown for my subscription." "I shall receive it with pleasure; and I can venture to assure you, that my children will neith feel envy, anger, nor any other emotion, cept joy, at seeing the little-ob-" jects of tfEir care benefited, and you happy; for they have been taught only to value such actions, according to the motive in one party, and their usefulness to the other: but, IMa tilda, if it is not a very great secret, I should h be glad to know what that one other thought -in your heart was, which I did not guess, upon this occasion ?"





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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 133 tongue; the self-convicted were ashamed of their conduct, the doubtful satisfied, and the friendly delighted; and desirous of stamping an important lesson, in the moment of awakened feeling and intelligence, Mr. Hare wood continued to say-" Human nature, alas! is full of bad propensities; and when situation and the power of indulgence strengthen them, no wonder that man becomes selfish first, then hard-hearted, and lastly, even ferocious towards others. When, enlightened by education and taught by religion, he rises from this state of barbarity, and becomes not only civilized, but humane, gentle, condescending, and charitable, he merits great praise, for he has achieved great labour-he has conquered great difficulty; the very angels in heaven rejoice over him; and this child, this blushing, trembling, self-condemning, but self-corrected child, has done this. Look up, my dear Matilda! let who will sneer at you, I am ploud of you; and there is not one person present who would not honour themselves, if they could secure your friendship. I was the first to correct you, nor will I ever flatter you; but I will always protect and defend you, so long as you continue to merit the high regard I now feel for you." The sweetest tears she had ever shed now



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86 THE BARBADOES GIRL. could be deemed unkind; and soothing, rather than exhortations, were all that were uttered. At length the storm was appeased; Matilda, declaring herself much easier, was laid upon the sofa, and a gentle anodyne being given to her, she closed her eyes, and if she (-lid not sleep, she appeared in a state of tupor, which much resembled sleep. It so openedd, tot the hot liquid had, in falling, *..:n many drops upon her face, which _e he, so much pain at the moment,,that thought she was scalded much worse than really was, as did those around her; but as she watched her slumbers, now ived that this was a very transient and she observed to her mamma, that ed Matilda's good looks would not bdby, the accident, at least that her .V'be restored before her mother's st Indies. returned Mrs. Hareill have attained auty, as would her personal ison, to "the r, such as ling to n to



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142 THE BARBADOES GIRL. of education was entered upon, which was indeed attended with the most happy effects, although it is probable that Matilda found her new office abound with trials, of which she could form no idea until experience taught her. It is however certain, that she received as much benefit as she communicated, and that she learned the lessons of virtue whilst imparting them to her little pupil, who proved a very tractable and intelligent child, after she had become weaned from those habits which were in a great measure inseparable from her late situation in life. It is probable that but for this stimulus to her exertions, Matilda would have neglected her education, and sunk into indolent habits, for want of those excitements which she had found in the society of Ellen and her brothers; whereas now she endeavoured, at every meeting with this dear family, to exhibit some improvement or attainment in her pupil, and these were inevitably connected with her own. But notwithstanding the advantages Matilda possessed, and her earnest desire to profit by them, and even the actual improvement she evinced, our young readers must not suppose either that she was perfect, or that she had attained that standard of excellence of which she was capable. Many a



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64 THE BARBADOES GIRL. spending, it requires no little effort to save, in a large school, where there are always many temptations. I think your proposal is a very good one; and whilst I am collecting the money, pray step down stairs, and tell Betty to bring up the little innocents-we shall all be glad to see them." Charles flew out of the room, and in less than a minute returned with the mother, carrying a babe in each arm. She was a very decent woman, the widow of a soldier, who died before his poor children were born; she now endeavoured to maintain herself and them by taking in washing, together with the pay of the parish, which, although small, she received very thankfully, and managed very carefully. "Look, mamma! what pretty little feet they have," cried Ellen; I am sure Charles was a good boy to think about shoes for them-was it not very kind of him, Matilda ? because you know little boys seldom love little babies so much as girls do." Matilda answered yes," mechanically, for her mind was abstracted, and affected by the remembrance this scene was calculated to inspire. Mrs. Harewood, feeling for her evident embarrassment, sent the poor woman down stairs to take some refreshment, and then laid a three-shilling piece, as her own



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 157 The waltzing recommended, but the very name of it was now hateful to Matilda, and she hastily entreated Lady Araminta to order her carriage. Charles was near; accustomed to read her thoughts, he advanced to offer his hand to lead her down stairs"You are not well, Matilda,' said he, tenderly-" at least not comfortable-I am sure you are not." Matilda replied only by a smothered sigh. They tell me," continued Charles, "that you are about to marry Sir Theodore Branson?" "'Tis false," said Matilda, quickly, her bosom evidently palpitating with shame and anger. Then how could you think of waltzing with him? I am sure neither Edmund nor myself would have dared (brothers as we once deemed ourselves) to have taken-but -really I beg pardon, Miss Hanson; while I condemn another, I intrude too far myself." Matilda was just stepping into the carriage; she turned her eyes on Charles-they were full of tears, tears such as he had seen in her repentant eyes in early days; he was affected with them-lhe felt that the latter part of his speech had hurt her--that she was not the fashionable belle, but still the good girl he must love and admire.-" Then," cried he,



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 155 health, and introducing his friend Mr. Belmont to her. "I am very glad-I mean I did not know you were here," said Matilda confusedly. "Mr. Belmont introduced us. We only arrived from Oxford yesterday, and Ellen, being very anxious that Mr. Belmont should see you, proposed our coming hither." A little relieved from observing that Edmund still did not join them, under whose eye she felt that she should have shrunk, Matilda ventured to look at Mr. Belmont, recollecting that she had frequently heard him mentioned as the friend of both the brothers, during their residence at Oxford, and that he had been the visitant of the family the preceding winter, when she was on an excursion to Bath; she knew that he was highly esteemed by the family, and, aware in what a favourable point of view their affection for her would lead them to represent her, the idea that her first introduction had taken place at a moment which, of all others, she most regretted, was really insupportable to her. Lady Araminta endeavoured, by her praise, to remove the chagrin which her ingenuous countenance (ever the faithful harbinger of her thoughts) betrayed so plainly-" I assure you, my dear," said she, "that for some time



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TIHE BARBADOES GIRL. 167 thoughts of marriage at this time, he could not allow himself to rejoice in her predilection. To relieve her, he said-" Well, my dear, you heard how we are situated, some of us parting for a time, some uniting for ever; I am sure you rejoice in all that is good, in either of these cases." Matilda, overpowered, burst into sudden tears. "My daughter is very nervous this morning," said Mrs. Hanson; "she cannot help being affected with such material changes in the state of those she loves so well; you are aware her tears are those of joy, Mr. IHarewood." e Maltilda struggled to recover her composure, and, turning to Mr. Harewood, she put both her hands into his, and said, with a low but earnest voice-" My dear, dear sir, I do most truly rejoice in the prospect of any good that can befall your family; I saw the -the young lad -the bride-elect-she is very pretty-I hope she will be as good as she is handsome ; and I Matilda suddenly stopped, unable to articulate the rest of her good wishes, and Mr. Harewood eagerly said-" As to that we will say nothing; I trust Ellen will make a good wife; I am sure she has had a good example." "Ellen I/ screamed Matilda; "is it you,



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 71 missioned Zebby to do it, for I knew it would give her quite as much pleasure as the poor woman herself could receive; and surely she has a right to receive every good I cam bestow, as a slight atonement for the pain I have so very frequently given her." Scarcely had Matilda given this proof of consideration and amiable feeling, when Sally and Zebby rushed into the room together, folloaved by Betty, who was truly grateful for the kindness thus bestowed on her sister. Sally, with tears of joy, thanked her young benefactress; her words were few, but they were those of respect and thankfulness, and showed she was deeply sensible of the benefit she experienced. Poor Zebby, delighted with the goodness of her young mistress, audibly expressed her pleasure, with all the characteristic warmth of her country, and not a little proud of those virtues which she fancied she had assisted to nurture.-" Oh" cried she, "dis be my own beautiful MNissy own goodness; she make joy 4h her mamma heart; she make poor negro all happy-singee and dance every body; no more whip, massa Buckraman-every body delight-every body glad-every body good Christian, when Missy go back!" The sp)ontan eous effusion of joy, uttered <* ?



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172 THE BARBADOES GIRL. change; she may accuse me of many errors, but not of that." "I can accuse you of n.othiinj," said Matilda; I wish you could say the same of mle." "Matilda! Miss IIanson! I accuse you what right have I to accuse you ?" Every right. I behaved ill-you condemned me-I saw you did; and-you punished me. I felt your punishment last night-to-day you forgive me; and your forgiveness is-why should I not own it? is dear to me." "Oh, Matilda, do not distract me by this generosity! you will throw me off my guard -you will induce me to make a declaration that may part us for ever." Edmlund looked at Mrs. Hanson ; her brow was open, pleasure swaml in her eye, and she held her hand towards him as she said-" My dear Edmund, allow me to ask what you mean by that look of mistrust to me? what right have you to suppose that I am less generous than yourself, or that I desire to see my child ungrateful to her young preceptor, or insensible of his merits ?" "3Madam! Matilda! what does all this mean ? is it possible that I can have obtained suclh an advocate as Mrs. IIanson ?" Edmntd, can you really want an advo-



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THE BARBADOES GIRL.'* 29 With many thanks, Betty withdrew, and Ellen was soon, like her mamma, busy with her needle. Mr. Harewood, drawing a celestial globe towards him, began to give his sons some instruction, which interested them exceedingly; all were employed, all ha1py, but Matilda, whose uneasiness was inqlct considerably augmented by the idea of Zebby leaving the house; for though she used her ill, she had a regard for her, the extent of which she was not aware of till now that her heart was a little softened, and her judgment enliglltened, by the transaction of the daylO After fidgeting about for some time, she at length took up a needle and threaded it, and then drawing more timidly towards Mrs. IIarewood, she said-" I don't mind if I do sew a little bit." Eager to seize upon any good symptom; Mrs. Harewood gave her a little cap, carefully doubled down, say ing--" You see this is double; in these countries, the babies, or pickaninniess, as you call them, must be kept warm." I called that woman's twins pickaninnies, because I thought she was poor-a kind of servant; we do not call white children so -only little negroes." "They are all the same with us; and will be so with you, I hope; by and by; indeed Irr -NeEib'r.-^.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 11 acteristic; and even the mild, affectionate Ellen, who had predisposed her heart to love her very dearly, shrunk from the proud and haughty expression which frequently animated her features, and was surprised to hear her name her lmamma with as much indifference as if she were a common acquaintance; for Ellen did not know that the indulIgence of bad passions hardens the heart, and renders it insensible to those sweet and tender ties which are felt by the good and amiable, and which constitute their highest happiness. In a very short time, it became apparent that passion and peevishness were also the traits of this unfortunate child, who had been indulged in the free exercise of a railing tongue, and even of a clawing hand, towards the numerous negro defendants that swarmed in her father's mansion, over whom she had exercised all the despotic sovereignty of a queen, with the cpriciousness of a petted child, and thereby obtained a habit of tyranny over all whom she deemed her inferiors, as appeared from the style in which slhe now conducted herself constantly towards the menials of Mr. Harewood's family, and not un frequently towards the superiors. For a few days Mr. Harewood bore with this conduct, and only opposed it with gen4*



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 89 brought forward a more decisive proof of the folly and sin of pride, and the inefficacy of beauty to procure love, than in the conduct and qualities of the persons in question. Mr. Hanson's pride of his daughter's beauty rendered him blind to her faults, or averse to correcting them; and from his indulgence, the effect of that very beauty for which he sacrificed every real excellence, was so completely impaired, that I am sure, with all your predilection for a pretty face, you will allow that Matilda, with all those red spots plastered with white ointment, is a thousand times more agreeable than Matilda with bright eyes and ruddy cheeks on her first landing." "Oh yes, yes !" cried Ellen, looking at her with the tenderest affection, and relapsing into tears, which had frequently visited her eves since the time of the terrible accident. The opiate had now spent itself, and Matilda, giving a slight shudder, awoke, and looked at Ellen with a kind of recolle6tive' gaze, that recalled the events ofthe morning, and which was succeeded by a sense of pain. What is the matter, Ellen ? you are crying-have you been scalded ?" "No," said the aflectionatethild, but you have." ., i



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 17 and all appearance of the good meal she wanted was removed. There was a certain something in the usually-smiling faces of the heads of the mansion that acted as a repellent O to her, and she sat for some time silent; but at length she spoke to Ellen, who, from her gentle meekness, was ever easy of access, and whom, intending to mortify, she accosted thus-" Nelly, did you eat my chicken ?" Charles burst into a loud laugh, as Ellen, who had never heard herself thus addressed, for a moment looked rather foolish; on which he answered for her, with a somewhat provoking sauciness of countenance-" No, Matty, she did not eat your chicken." "My name is not Matty-it is Matilda Sophia, and you are a great booby for calling me so; but Nelly, or Nell, is short for Ellen, and by one of those narres I shall call her, whenever I choose, if it be only to vex you." "Perhaps, too, you will choose to prick hdr, and pinch her, Miss Matilda Sophia Hanson?" answered Charles, sneeringly, drawing out her name as long and as pompously as it was possible. "Fie, Charles said Edmund; "I am sure you act as if you had forgotten all that papa told us about Miss Hanson." Charles, after a moment's thought, ac2



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 91 ing; and you are so-so good to me, thatthat Matilda was choked by her sobs, and Mrs. Harewood took the opportunity of soothing her, not by praising her for virtues she had not exercised, but-by calling upon her to show them in her future conduct; .although she did so far conciliate as to say, that the suddenness of the injury, in some measure, excused the violence she had manifested. Matilda gave a deep sigh and shook her head, in a manner which manifested how far this went in palliation, and was aware that much of error remained unatoned. She inquired how Zebby was, and if she was sensible. "She has been so ever since your accident, which appeared to recall her wandering senses by fixing them to one point; and as her fever is really abated, I trust she will soon be better." Matilda hastily sprang from the sofa, and though in doing so she necessarily greatly increased the pain under which she laboured, yet she suppressed all complaint, and hurried forward to Zebby's room, followed by Mrs. Harewood and Ellen; the former of whom was extremely desirous at once to permit her to ease her heart, and yet to prevent her



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66 THE BARBADOES GIRL. to give," said Mrs. IIarewood, giving her a sixpence in change, when, observing that she took it with an air of reluctance, she said-" My d.' Ellen, b.#atisfied; you are a littleqgirl, and have not hali your brother's allowance, you know-it is sufficient." While this was passing, Matilda had been .fumbling in her pocket, and blushing excessively; her mind was full of painful recollections, yet fraught with gleams of satisfaction; but she wished very much to do two very contrary things, and whilst she still hesitated, Miss Campbell said-" Here is another sixpence, ma'am, which I will take, and give -you an eighteen-pence, as I wish to give you a shilling, with Edmund's proviso." "But," said Matilda, with a mixture of eagerness and hesitation, "then there will be no change for me, and I wish to give the same as Ellen; don't I want chane, ma'am ? I-I believe I do." There was, in this confusion, aTd the blush which deepened in her cheek, a something which showed Mrs. Harewood a great deal of what was passing in the mind of this selfconvicted, but compassionate and ingenuous girl. Mrs. Hlareood took her shilling, and returned her sixpence, which she evidently received with pain, but an effort to smile?



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TIE BARBADOES GIRL. 161 also; and it appeared that their early visitant was a man of great importance, and the cause of his calling at this time, by awakening curiosity, suspended conversation. In a few minutes he departed, and Mr. Harewood returned to the breakfast-room, saying as he entered-" I am going to announce a piece of excellent news, although it is accompanied by a loss we must submit to; our dear Charles is appointed to be secretary to the embassy to now preparing to embark." Mrs. Harewood burst into tears; but as soon as she could speak, she expressed her joy, while Ellen, in a broken voice, exclaimed -" Oh, what will Matilda say, poor girl ?" Edmund rushed out of the room, as if to seek his brother, but Mr. Belmont well knew it was to conceal his emotion; no other person seemed to notice Ellen's unfortunate ejaculation, and when the door was closed, Mr. Belmont congratulated the parents upon a circumstance so honourable and desirable to their younger son; and as they well knew the sincerity of his character, and the affection he felt for Charles, they freely confided to him their feelings at the event; while Ellen innocently declared that she was very glad he happened to be with them at the time, as he would be a substitute for dear Charles. 11



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158 TtHE BARBADOES GIRL, eagerly, "you will not marry that sprig of a baronet--eh, Matilda ?" I will not ineed." And do you not mean to waltz again ?" No; I was a fool once, but-" The carriage drove off, and Charles returned with a light heart to the ball-room; but that of Edmund was very heavy, and the friends shortly left the gay scene, and returned to Mr. Harewood's. CHAPTER XV. "I WILL never go any where again without you, indeed, mother, I am determined," said Matilda, with a sorrowful air, the following morning. This was the prelude to a confession of error, which in part relieved the mind of Matilda: but she was still uneasy-she felt as if Charles would be her apologist with his family, for an error they were likely to blame in her; but the ardour of his manner made her feel much concerned for /him-he was dear to her-she felt for him a sister's affection, but felt that she could never be more to him than she was then. Anxious and restless, she earnestly desired to see Ellen,



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 77 cary, who confirmed her fears, and prescribed for her; but as there was no getting her to swallow medicine, he was obliged to bleed her, and put a blister on her head, which, however, did not prevent her from beconing delirious for several days. Woor Zebby was, at this time, troubled with the most distressing desire to return to Barbadoes, and all her ravings were to this purpose; and they were naturally very affecting to" Matilda, who never heard them without being a little desirous of uniting her own wishes to behold her native country, especially when she heard it coupled with the name of that only, and now fondly-be1oved parent, from whom she was so far separated, and her tears flowed freely when she visited the bedside of the poor African. But her sorrow increased exceedingly when she learned the danger in which poor Zebby stood, and found that her death was daily expected by all around; bitter indeed were the tears she then shed, and she would have given the world to have recalled those hasty expressions, angry blows, and capricious actions, which had so often afflicted her humble attendant, whose fidelity, love, humility, and services, she now could fully estimate, and whose loss she would deeply deplore.



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28 THE BARBADOES GIRL. For a moment, Matilda thought to herself,-> what a piece of work is here about sixpence, while they take no notice at all of a bright golden half-guinea! but still her understanding combated this thought, for she knew tht all the present company saw beyond th surface, and estimated the gift according to the spirit of the donor. Betty now came in, and Mrs. Harewood gave her the money, telling her to buy some frocks with it. Observing the servant eye ,-the half-guinea, she said--" That was the gift Hlf Miss Hanson; she is very rich, it seems, and gives out of her abundance. I am sure you will be grateful to her; but if your fellow-servants, Betty, should spare, out of the little time they have, enough to assist you in the making of these things, they will be the best friends you meet with; for labour is much greater charity than money." Betty replied, that she was much obliged e all her friends, both above and below, and specially to poor Zebby, who had offered,e with her lady's leave, to sit up all night with her sister. "She has not only my leave, but my approbation, especially as your accident has rendered you unable. Tell Zebby I will spare her for a week, on this truly charitable occasion."



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146 THE BARBADOES GIRL. thy motives, she was yet aware that a young woman who has a large fortune in her own disposal, and who has neither father nor brother to investigate the private character of those who address her, has need of a more than ordinary-share of prudence, and will be wise in delaying a consent which deprives her of all control over the wealth of which Providence has appointed her steward. Although thus wise in her decision on this important point, and ever assigning reasop. which showed how utterly unbiassed her affections were towards the candidates for her favour, yet Matilda did not always act with equal wisdom; she was excessively fond of dancing, and as she acquitted herself with uncommon grace, perhaps vanity furnished her with an additional motive for her desire to partake this amusement moral frequently than it suited her mamma; and once she accepted an invitation to a private ball, when Mrs. Weston was her chaperon. Waltzing wag introduced, and tatilda, though by no means pleased with the general style of the dance, was struck with certain movements which she thought graceful, andthe day following began to practise them with her young protegee. I-V1 YULV VLlbrVV



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8X THE BARBADOES GIRL, conduct, as never failing to be degradatory to ourselves, and very far from beneficial to those they affect to serve: it is possible to be very friendly, yet very firm; to be gentle, yet resolute, and at once a fellowChristian and a good master to those whom Providence hath rendered our defendants." Ellen listened to this with attention, and endeavoured to understand and apply it; but both she and Matilda continued to pay the most affectionate attentions to poor Zebby, whose disorder in a few days took a more favourable turn than could have been expected, although the delirium did not immediately subside, but rather affected her general temper, which, under its influence, appeared as remarkably unpleasant and torrmenting to herself and all around, as it was formerly kind and obliging. This period was indeed trying to Matilda, who was by no means sufficiently confirmed in her virtuous resolutions, or good habits, to endure reproaches where she merited thanks, even in a case 'where she was aware of deranged intellect and real affection, either of which ought to have led her to endure the wild sallies and troublesome pettishness of the suffering negro. It must however be allowed, that if she did not do all she ought, she yet did more than could have been once



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136 THE BARBADOES GIRL. the virtues of each upon the other, and she hoped to see Matilda as meek as Ellen, and Ellen as firm and energetic as Matilda. CHAPTER XIII. THE happy family-party at Mr. Harewood's was necessarily soon broken up, as Mrs. Hanson took a house at Brompton, on account of the mildness of the air, and the young friends were then separated. Their removal was facilitated by the arrival of that WestIndian lady and her little girl, whomn we have already mentioned, as being stripped of nearly all her possessions, and whom Mr. and Mrs. Harewood were desirous of accommodating in their house, until some plan for her future situation should be fixed upon. They were not of that number who can receive a rich friend with pleasure, and leave a poor one to shift for themselves; on the contrary, Mrs. Weston and her little Harriet were received by them, not only with affection, but with all consideration due to her former situation. As soon as Mrs. Hanson had arranged her household at Brompton, she hastened to



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161 THE BARBADOES GIRL. excited by the agitation and warmth with which Charles had vindicated Matilda, and the unguarded exclamation of Ellen, who evidently thought her younger brother the favourite, now took another turn; he surveyed Charles; he was just twenty-threea tall, handsome young man, and one who had ever been admired by the ladies. "Perhaps," said he, internally, poor Matilda loves him, but without having her affection returned: this accounts for the many great offers she has refused, for the sympathy of Ellen, who knows her heart, and for the vindication she undoubtedly made to him last night; whereas to me she was cold and unintelligible." While these painful thoughts rankled in the mind of the young barrister, his happy brother was flying all over the house, receiving fiomr the servants the mixed congratulation of joy in his success and sorrow for his departure; he had also joined the coterie in the parlour, wrung the hand of his future brother-in-law, kissed his mother and Ellen, and thanked his father twenty times for all his generous cares, before Edmund could muster philosophy enough to join the family, and listen to its arrangements for the day. It was at length agreed that Edmund should assist his mother in making up a



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134 THE BARBADOES GIRL. ran down the cheeks of Matilda, as Mr. Harewood pronounced this eulogy; and it will be easily conceived, that all the really good and sensible part of the company eagerly sought to soothe her spirits, and convince her of their regard, while her late tormentors either slunk away, as much ashamed as they were despised, or by an ingenuous confession of error, paved the way fbr returning esteem. Miss Holdup arrogated to herself great praise for having defended what she called the right side; and so delighted was poor Ellen with every body and every thing which favoured her young friend, that she began to take a great fancy to the silly affected girl, merely because she thought tlat she loved Matilda; but Matilda herself felt that her severest pang had arisen from the very defence thus adopted; and while she thanked Miss Holdup for her good wishes, she yet shrank more than ever from forming an intimate acquaintance with one whom she considered as little better than an automaton figure on which fine clothes might be hung, and whose tongue had been taught to move, for the purpose of repeating the silly gibberish which ill-formed women repeat to uninformed children, in order to render



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 165 package of books, &c., for the traveller, who, accompanied by Belmont, should visit the city for necessary arrangeme nts; and Mr. Harewood, who knew that Ellen would naturally wish to see Matilda, agreed to accompany her thither, being at once desirous to communicate this various intelligence to Mrs. Ilanson, and to witness the effect Charles's departure would have upou Matilda, whom, at the bottom of his heart, he certainly desired to have for a daughter, although he would have rejoiced in her alliance with any worthy man. We return now to the young ladies in the dressing-room, each eager to hear and to speak, yet each oppressed, though very differently, with solicitude. At length, Ellen, her breast labouring with sighs, and fear lest she should wound the heart of her friend, thus spoke: We are going to lose Charles: he has got an appointment, Matilda." Anld is he pleased with it, Ellen ?" "Oh, yes I he seems quite happy: he is running all over the house, just in his old way, and the servants are all laughing and crying about him, as if he were still a schoolboy." I am heartily glad of it-he has my sincerest good wishes, and I feel certain of his success,'



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156 THE BARBADOES GIRL. you performed very prettily; didn't you think so, Mr. IIarewood?" "Pardon me, my lady, fiom differing with you-I have seen a country actress do it much better: indeed I said so at the moment -Belmont knows I did; and my brother observed that At this moment the country-dance was recommended, and Matilda was hurried away, although her solicitude to hear what Edmund said amounted to misery; but as Charles was addressing Lady Ararninta, not her, it was impossible to ask; besides, no small portion of anger at Edmund mingled with her anxiety-he had never yet approached her. She knew indeed that his ideas of feminine decorum were rigid; but still he had no right to resent her conduct, or he might have told her as a friend, as he used to do, wherein she erred. As these thoughts struck upon her mind, he passed her in the dance, and made her a profound bow of recognition; she watched to the bottom, and perceived him engaged in earnest conversation with a very lovely young person, whom she remembered as one of those who refused to waltz; again her heart smote her, yet her anger was the most predominant emotion, and she felt a.s if Edmund IIarewood had injured her beyond forgiveness.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. CHAPTER I. .>'e-, S Mr. Harewood 4 %> 2' AX^ was one evening j^^^^i B sitting with his ,-.~&,iM'^S^ 1, wife and children, v^.2 i C j he expected soon S r hast ; ; to receive among them the daughter of a friend, who Y',. had lately died in the West Indies. Mr. Harewood's family consisted of his wife, two sons, and a daughter: the eldest, named Edmund, was about twelve years of age; Charles, the second, was scarcely ten; and Ellen, the daughter, had just passed her eighth birthday: they were all sensible, affectionate



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r THE BARBADOES GIRL. 93 Missy, me naughty, same you used to bepushee here and pushee there, in bad pets--it was all me-breaky heart of poor Missis -she comee over great seas; thinkee see you all good and pretty as Englis lady; and den you be shocking figure, all cover with spotee-oh deary oh deary perhaps come fever, then you go to the death, you will be bury in dark hole, and mamma never, never see you again." The desponding tones of this speech went far beyond its words, and Matilda combining with it the caution she had heard the medical gentleman make respecting fever, and the first exclamation of Ellen, that--" Matilda was scalded to death," induced her to suppose that there was really danger in her case; and after repeatedly assuring Zebby of her entire forgiveness and regard, she returned to the apartment she had quitted, with.a slow step, and an air of awe and solemnity, such as her friends had never witnessed before. After Matilda had lain down on the sofa some minutes, she desired Ellen to get her materials for writing, but soon found that the pain in her breast rendered it impossible for her to execute her design. "I will write for you," said Ellen. "That won't do-I wanted, with my own



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 18 wretch is!" but as nobody answered what was in fact addressed to no one, she was at length compelled to look for redress to Mrs. Harewood, whom, regarding with a mixture of rage and scorn, she now addressed"Pray, ma'am, why don't you tell the man to give me some beer? I suppose he'll understand you, though he seems a fool, and deaf." "My children are accustomed to sayPlease, Thomas, give me some beer;' or, iI'll thank you for a little beer;' and the loud rude manner in which you spoke, probably astonished and confused him. As, however, I certainly understand you, I will endeavour to relieve you.-Pray, Thomas, be so kind as to give Miss Hanson some beer," said Mrs. Harewood. Thomas instantly offered it; but the little girl cried out in a rage-" I won't have itto! that I won't, from that man: I'll have mny own negro to wait-that I will !-Must I say please to a servant? must a nasty man :in a livery be kind to me ?-no! no! no I ,Zebby, Zebby, I say, come here !" The poor black woman, hearing the loud ; tones of her young lady, to which she had : been pretty well used, instantly ran into the room, before Mr. Harewood had time to prevent it, and very humbly cried out-" What does Missy please wanty?" *^fe i



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 59 comparison; for what in life is so delightful as knowledge, except the sense of having performed some particular benefit to our fellow-creatures ? CHAPTER VII IT will be readily supposed that, with the hopes now entertained of Matilda's conduct, Mrs. Harewood did not'sitate to provide the governess we have spoken of, and accordingly Miss Campbell was soon established in the family. She found Matilda rapid in her ideas, persevering in her pursuits, but prone to resentment on every trifling occasion, and still subject to finding herself cause for repentance. On these occasions Miss Campbell conducted herself with composure and dignity, as if sJae considered a petulant child below the notice of a sensible woman: by this means the pride of the culprit was humble; she was taught to retread her first steps, and perceive that she was an insignificant being, obliged to the suffrage of her friends, and only capable of being valuable in. proportion to her docility and amiable conduct t



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50 THE BARBADOES GIRL. means spirit, and it was that which drew Priam's curtains in the dead of night, (or which he thought did,) though it was probably only the housemaid." Again Charles burst into an immoderate fit of laughter, exclaiming-" Housemaid admirable! upon my word, Ellen, you have found a personage in the old king's establishment Homer never thought of." I never read Homer," said Ellen, simply. "No, child, you need not tell us that," continued Charles, most provokingly continuing to laugh, until poor Ellen was completely disconcerted, and looked in the face of Edmund with such an appealing air, that he assumed a look of much more serious remonstrance than was usual as he thus addressed his brother-" You may laugh as long as you please, sir, but your whole conduct in this affair has shown so much less -knowledge, as well as good sense, than Ellen herself has displayed, that really I should not wonder if a moment's recollection made you cry as heartily as you now laugh." "Indeed!" said Charles, suddenly stopping. "Yes, indeed! Ir the first place, there can be surely no doubt but you and I have read a great deal more than the girls, and could at any time puzzle and distress them



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. Walt for 'ounlg Vhople. BY MRS. HOFLAND. AUTHOR OF THE CLERGYMAN'S WIDOW; THE SISTERS; BLIND FARMER; AFFECTIONATE BROTHERS; ELLEN THE TEACHER; GOOD GRANDMOTHER; MERCHANT'S WIDOW; ETC., ETC., ETC. The indulgence of passion makes bitter work for repentance, and produces a feeble old age. BACON. As violent contrary winds endanger a ship, so it is with turbulent emotions in the mind; whereas such as are favourable awaken the understanding, keep in motion the will, and make the whole man more vigorous. ADDISON. A NEW EDITION, REVISED. NEW YORK: C. S. FRANCIS & CO., 252 BROADWAY. BOSTON: CROSBY, NICHOLS & CO. M.DCCC.LII.



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 171 declaration, as if it were necessary for his happiness; but when she ceased to speak, he relapsed into melancholy. "The only way to silence such reports effectually," said Mrs. Hanson, with a tender smile, "will be to place yourself under the protection of some worthy man, whose character you can indeed approve. I have ever objected to your marrying under age, but I have no objection at all to your gaining liberty, and relinquishing it at the same time. I hope, therefore, in another year, to see you follow the example of Ellen, provided you can choose as well as she has done." It is the only thing in which I cannot obey you, my dear mother," replied Matilda. Hurt with the extreme paleness which overspread the countenance of their inestimable son, Mr. and Mrs. Harewood withdrew to the window; and Ellen, whose heart wanted a pretext for watching the arrival of Belmont, joined them, when Mrs. Hanson, drawing closer to Edmund, said-" I fear you will not soon join these marrying people, my young friend ?" I shall never marry, madam," answered he abruptly. "Never! you are too positive, sir; men at your age change their minds frequently." "Matilda knows that I am not subject to



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140 THE BARBADOES GIRL. her colour rose, and the tears stood in her eyes. "Suffer me, my dear friend, to interpret your silence for Mrs. Hanson;-in that case you would notobject to undertaking the charge which Matilda has very innocently, though very abruptly, been willing to assign to you?" "If you are a faithful interpreter, I will call you a most agreeable one," said Mrs. Hanson, "for Mrs. Weston would be an equal acquisition to both me and my daughter." Mrs. Weston wiped her eyes-"Believe me, dear ladies," said she, "I am grateful for your good opinion, and truly desirous of profiting by your kind offer; but you are both mothers, and will, I am certain, consider my situation as such. I am but newly arrived; it will take some time to wean my poor child from her habits; and to send one so very young to school, is a painful consideration; in a few months I shall be happy indeed to avail myself of your goodness, and enter with pleasure on so promising a task." Mrs. Hanson was just going to express her entire approbation of this proposal, when Matilda, with a modest, but earnest air, entreated permission to speak, which was ima mediately granted,



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166 THE BARBADOES GIRL. Ellen looked in the face of Matilda, to see if she did indeed rejoice; she perceived a tear twinkle in the corner of her young friend's eye, but it was not the tear of sorrow. Ellen could now read the heart on subjects of this kind; she felt that she had been completely mistaken in Alatilda's supposed predilection, and she was almost sorry to see her so happy. There is a-a-another affair going on at our house," said Ellen, after a pause. Matilda felt her heart beat with unusual violence; she could not speak, but her very soul peeped out of her eyes to say-" What is it?" It is not.a parting; it-it-is a joining." "Oh," said Matilda, calling all her fortitude to her aid, you are going to have a wedding, eh?" I believe it will come to that, indeed, some time." Matilda turned as pale as death; but her colour rushed suddenly back to her cheeks, as at this moment the door opened, and Mr. Harewood and Mrs. IHanson broke on their tete-d-tete. The former felt assured that poor Matilda had heard the destination of Charles, and was suffering under it; but as he could hardly believe Mrs. Hanson would consent to her marriage with his youngest son, and as he thought Charles himself had no



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 27 mamma, you will be so good as to let Miss Hansonmake a little cap for the baby ?" I don't like to sew," said Matilda, rising; at least not such things as these: I think a bit of calico to wrap the pickaninnies in is the best, and I'll give that to buy some with." As she spoke she threw half-a-guinea on the table, with the air of one desirous of exhibiting both generosity, and wealth, and looked round, with an eye that asked for admiration. A No notice was taken. Mrs. Harewoodc opening her own purse, took out half-a-crown, and then counted all that she had got. In doing it, Ellen perceived not her sixpence, and she then, with modesty, but without any shame, said-" I believe my sixpence must have slipped down." I did not know you gave me one, child." "Yes, but she did, for I saw her," said Mr. Harewood, "though she was not aware that I did. She gave it in silence, not from affectation, but a kind motive towards one who could not appreciate it; but we will say no more on this point. Ellen, you have gratified your father: I see in your conduct the germ of a gentlewoman, and, what is infinitely more precious, of a Christian." Ellen sprung to her father's arms, and in his affectionate kiss found a rich reward.



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34 THE BARBADOES GIRL. sion been heard from the lips of Matilda before, even to her own parents; and the idea of her humility and kindness in this acknowledgment so deeply affected the faiths ful creature, that, after gazing at her in admiration fAr a moment, she burst into tears, and then clasping her hands, she exclaimed, in a broken manner-" Oh, tankee God tankee God I pretty Missy be good girly at last! her lovee her good mamma-her pity poor negro-her go up stair when her die. Oh, me be so glad! great God lovee my dear Missy now !" Matilda felt the tears suffuse her own eyes, as the kind heart of her late faithful slave thus gave vent to its natural and devout emotions; and she gave her hand to Zebby, who kissed it twenty times. Ellen was so delighted with this proof of good disposition in Matilda, and with the honest effusions of the poor negro, that she could not forbear gratifying her own affectionate little heart, by running to tell her dear mamma,' who truly rejoiced in every proof of Matilda's amendment, and doubted not but it would prove the forerunner of virtue, in a child who appeared convinced of her faults, and desirous of improving herself. It was now near Christmas, and Mrs. Harewood was inquiring for a birding-



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54 THE BARBADOES GIRL. to punish her for her disobedience, by withholding my usual expressions of love and my general indulgences from her; but I should undoubtedly forgive her, because, in the first place, God has commanded me to forgive all trespasses, and in the second, my heart would be drawn naturally towards my own child." "But surely, dear Mrs. IHarewood, it is worse for an own child to behave ill to a parent than any other person ?" "Undoubtedly, my dear, for it unites the crime of ingratitude to that of disobedience; besides, it is cruel and unnatural to be guilty of insolence and hard-heartedness towards the hand which has reared and fostered us all our lives-which has loved us in despite of our faults-watched over our infancyinstructed our childldhld-nursecT us in sickness, and prayed for T before we could pray for ourselves." "My mamma has done all this for me a thousand times," cried Matilda, bursting into tears of bitter contrition, which, for some time, Mrs. IIarewood suffered to flow unrestrained; at length she checked herself, but it was only to vent her sorrow b-,selfaccusation-" Oh, ma'am! you cannot think how very ill I have behaved to my dear, dear mother-I have been saucy to her, and



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150 THE BARBADOES GIRL. with their real wants and wishes. The judicious mother saw, with the truest pleasure, that the well-turned mind of her daughter ever pointed to the scenes of simple enjoy ment and virtuous intelligence which illumined her early years; but, in her peculiar situation, she was aware that Matilda, to a certain degree, should adopt the apostle's advice-"Try all things, cleave to that which is good." On the other hand, Mr. and Mrs. Harewood, as the young people advanced towards maturity, had felt it a point of delicacy, however sincere and ardent their friendship might be, in a slight degree to abstain from that intimate and daily intercourse which had so long and happily subsisted between the families. The days were past when Charles could romp with, or Edmund instruct, Matilda; and although they held the same rank in society, yet as the noble fortune of Matilda (increased materially by the retired way in which her mother lived during her infancy) entitled her to marry a nobleman, Mr. Harewood did not choose that the presence of his sons should cause reports which might prevent her from receiving offers of this nature. He was attached to Matilda, as if she had indeed been his child, but he was too independent, as well as too honest, to render



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THE BARBADOES GIRL. 57 angry at myself, and I ought to be angry." "But, my dear little girl," replied Mrs. Harewood, though you cannot thus humble yourself in your body, yet you are conscious that you are humbled in your mind, and that your penitence will render you guarded for the time to come; and let it be your consolation to know, though your mother is absent, the ears of your heavenly Father are ever open to your sorrows; and that, if you lament your sins to him, he will assuredly accept your repentance, and dispose the heart of your dear mother to accept it also. I sincerely pity you, not as heretofore, for your folly, but for your sorrow; and in order to enable you to comprehend what I mean by repenting before God, I will compose you a short prayer, which will both express your feelings, and remind you of your duty towards yourself a your mother." Matilda received this act of kindnlSlCe roi her good friend with real gratitude;; and when she had committed it to memory, and adopted it in addressing Almighty God, she found her spirits revive, with the hope that seo should one day prove worthy of that jf :d parent, whom, when she lived with her, she was too apt to slight and disobey. ly P. u



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88 THE BARBADOES GIRL. they are accompanied by good qualities, which would have their effect, you know, without beauty-nay, even in ugly persons, when we become thoroughly acquainted with' them. Can you suppose, Ellen, that if you were as handsome as the picture over the chimney-piece, that you would be more dear to me on that account, or that you would, in any respect, contribute more to my happiness ? "You would not love me better, dear mamma, but yet you would be more proud of me, I should think." Then I must be a very weak woman to be proud of that which implied no merit, either in you or me, and which the merest accident might, as we perceive, destroy in a moment; but this I must add, that if, with extraordinary beauty, you possessed sufficient good sense to remain as simple in your manners, and as active in the pursuit of intellectual endowments, as I hope to see you, then I might be proud of you, as the usual expression is; for I beg you to remember that, strictly speaking, it is wrong to be prQud of any thing," Zebby always said that Mr. Hanson was very proud of Matilda-I suppose it was of her beauty." "I suppose so too, and you could not have