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Title: Fanny's return to school.
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FANNY'S
RETURN TO SCHOOL.


So, Fanny's holidays are over;
and to-morrow she must re-
turn to school. Her trunk
is packed up, and stands in the
hall, ready for Thomas to tie




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round the cord; and she i,
going from room to room, all
over the house, and into the
garden, and the poultry-yard,
to give a last look, and to say
farewell; for early in the morn-
ing the coach will be at the
door to take her away.
Poor Fanny she is looking
very sad, and now and then
the tears come into her eyes.
But we must not blame her
too much for this. She loves
her friends and home, and she
cannot think of leaving them
without sorrow. She believes
it to be for her good that she
is sent to school; and when
there, she is contented and
happy,;.:but she cannot help
grieving to part from those




TO SCHOOL. 3
whom she loves, so we will not
blame her for looking sad to-
day. She will forget her trou-
ble when the journey is over,
and when her kind governess
meets her with a smile, and
her schoolfellows crowd round
to bid her welcome.
Fanny has no papa or mam-
ma, for her parents died when
she was a very little child.
Her home is with her uncle
and aunt, who love her and
are very kind to her, and who
greatly desire that she may be
a dutiful girl, and grow up in
the fear of God. She has also
other kind friends -uncles,
and aunts, and cousins; and
amongst them all her holidays
have been spent in a very




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pleasant way. She only thinks
that the five weeks passed
rather too quickly; and she
wishes that it were not quite so
long till Christmas, when she
hopes to see dear home and all
her friends again.
She is to take with her, from
her aunt, a written report of
her conduct during the time
that she has been at home. It
was the wish of the governess
that all her pupils should bring
such an account as this on
their return to school; and as
Fanny wanted her aunt to send
a good report, she has kept
it very much in mind through
the whole of the holidays, so
that often when she was about
to do or to say anything




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wrong, she has been stopped
by the fear of having it set
down in the report. It would
be well if all persons, when
they are tempted to sin, would
stop, like Fanny, to think that
their evil deeds must be writ-
ten down, not, perhaps, by
any earthly friend, but by
Him who is to be our Judge.
That will be an awful day,
when the dead, small and
great, shall stand before God;
and when the books shall be
opened, and the dead shall
be judged out of those things
which arewritten in the books,
according to their works.
May you, dear reader, seek
for mercy, and receive the
pardon of your sins, through




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the blood of Christ, before
that great and terrible day of
the Lord shall come.
Fanny has reason to hope
that her aunt thinks her, upon
the whole, much improved
since she was at home last
holidays. Her temper has
changed for the better since
Christmas, when she was
often fretful if she could not
have things just according to
her wish; and sullen when
her aunt thought it needful
to correct her; and, worse
than all, she could seldom
be brought to confess a fault,
or to feel sorry when she
had done wrong. But now, if
anything happens to deprive
her of some pleasure which




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she has been looking for, she
does her best to bear the trial
with good humour; she is
humble when reproved; and
more than once has gone of
her own accord to beg her
aunt's forgiveness of a fault.
These are good signs indeed.
Fanny has been known to
tell a falsehood. It is a long
time ago ; and I believe that
she was deeply grieved on
account of her sin, and that
she prayed with all her heart
that God would pardon her,
for the sake of his dear Son.
I am glad to be able now
to say, that she always speaks
the truth. Neither to gain
praise nor to avoid blame,
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is not true. I am sure that all
readers who know anything
of the Bible, and of the awful
warnings against lying which
are written there, will say,
that this is the very best thing
I have yet told them about
Fanny.
But there are other matters
set down in the report which
Fanny is to take to school.
Matters that call upon her
governess to, reprove as well
as to commend her, will be
found written there. And,
first, there are sad complaints
of her being idle. It is an old
failing, and one that has often
brought her into trouble; for
idle people are always the
soonest.led astray. If she were




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left to herself, she would
lounge about from morning
until night, in the house, or
the garden, or the hay-field,
without once taking a needle
or a book into her hand. This
brings me to the mention of a
subject which is the cause of
much displeasure to her uncle,
and of great concern to her
aunt. Fanny is not fond of
reading. You may, perhaps,
suppose that she is a dunce;
but this is far from being the
case. For her age, which is just
eleven, there is not a quicker
girl in the school. Her les-
sons are well learned, and her
improvement in her studies all
that need be wished; for the
rules of the school allow of




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no indolence, and permit no
neglect. The truth is, that
Fanny does not like reading.
At home, her studies are partly
laid aside, and tasks of any
kind not much thought of ; for
both uncle and aunt wish her
to enjoy her holidays to the
utmost. But though they do
not desire her to be learning
lessons at such a time, they
would be glad to see her open
a book sometimes without
being bid, or take delight in
reading a pleasing story, in-
stead of turning over the
leaves with a careless hand, or
fixing her eyes on the page
with a look that shows she is
in danger of falling asleep.
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of the world around her-of
countries at a distance, or the
wonders of the earth, and sea,
and sky,-or how is she to
understand the remarks of
older persons, and to converse
with them herself when she
comes to a proper age ?-
How can this be if she takes
no pleasure in reading, and
spends all her leisure time in
idleness or in play ? Many
children have been brought,
by the blessing of God, to
believe in Jesus, through
reading books which told of
him, and of his great love in
dying to save their souls;
but there seems little reason to
hope that Fanny will profit in
this way, unless she should




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overcome her idle habits, and
try in earnest to improve.
There is also a fault of ano-
ther kind, which Fanny's aunt
has thought it right to set
down in the report. I shall
say as little about it as I can.
We do not like to hear a child
talk of what she shall have
to eat; or ask, soon after she
is up in the morning, what
there will be for dinner ? It
is true that Fanny is not self-
ish, and that she is always
ready to share her good things
with others: still we would
rather that she did not think
so much about the basket that
stands by her trunk, in the
hall; and the large plumcake
inside, though, no doubt, very




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nice, should not be quite so
often in her mind.
But we have great hopes
that, as Fanny has begun
well, so she will still go on to
amend; and her aunt has pre-
pared a little surprise for her,
which may, perhaps, have a
good effect. To-morrow, when
she opens her box, the first
thing that she sees will be
" The Girl's Week-day Book,"
a charming volume, written
on purpose for the young, and
which we think that even
Fanny will read with pleasure.
From this she may gather
many useful hints, that will be
of service to her as long as
she lives. There is another
book which she must also




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study, with earnest prayer Joi
the Divine blessing, if she
would learn to be good and
happy. It is the Bible-the
word of God; which teaches
us that there is but one way
to heaven, through Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, who
died to take away our sins;
and who will give his Holy
Spirit to them that ask him,
to change their evil nature,
and to make them holy, and
fit for his kingdom above.
Perhaps, reader, you may
think that Fanny, with so
many faults, is not a girl whom
you could love, or desire to
have for a friend. But stop
a little before you thus con-
demn her. Look into your




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own heart and conduct; and
ask yourself whether, if a
watchful eye were always over
you, your sins would not be
found as many in number as
hers. Suppose that an ac-
count were to be placed before
you now, of all you have said
and done during the week
that has just passed,-would
there be nothing written there
to cause you shame and sor-
row ? Then let the knowledge
of your own faults lead you to
think kindly of others; and
instead of blaming them, seek
for grace to be more watchful
over yourself. Remember that
God is ever present with
you; that he looks upon your
heart, and reads your secret




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thoughts : and pray that your
sins may be blotted out of
his book, through Christ, the
Lamb of God, who died for
the sins of the world.


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