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uneasy; so come along; it is a fine afternoon, and we will have a nice row."
** You do not mean," rejoined Robert, “to unmoor the boat, do you ? ” — “Yes, indeed, do I,” replied his brother; "I can push her off from the land, for I understand how to do it very well ; so come along, I say, and do not waste any more time with your scruples and nonsense.'
So saying, he scrambled into the boat, and helped his brother in. Robert, then, though his mind did not feel at all easy, assisted to loosen the boat from the post it was chained to, and they soon pushed off from the land,
*" There, now,” said Hugh, "I told you I could do it; and I wonder what the mighty harm is of our taking a nice row and enjoying ourselves this delightful afternoon. Do you not find it very pleasant ?”
“It is pleasant enough, to be sure,” replied Robert ; "but I cannot say that I enjoy it much. I am sure we are doing wrong. We were told not to get into the boat at all; therefore we ought not to do it. I wish, with all my heart, I had not come.
But let us row back again, and I will get out directly."
"Indeed, I shall not go back for a long time," said Hugh: “now we have disobeyed, and got into the boat, we may as well stay and enjoy ourselves for an hour or two. If my father knows of our being in it for only a minute, he will be just as angry as if we stay in ever so long."
“But I think,” resumed Robert, " that the longer we are naughty, so much the worse boys we are. If
we have done a wrong thing, the sooner we do right again, the better we shall be; therefore I am resolved not to stay here; so pray put back again."
“Not I, indeed,” said his brother, "for I am resolved to stay till it is dark; so row away, my lad.” — "I will row to the shore,” said Robert.
" And I will row into the middle!” said Hugh; "so pull away ; let us both tug at our oars, and see which will gain his purpose first.”
They then both exerted their utmost strength; but Hugh, being the strongest, gained more way than his brother. Robert, finding it impossible to get back again, threw down the oar, and, bursting into tears, said, “I see you are resolved, not only to be wicked yourself, but to make me wicked also. I think it is very unkind to compel me to stay here, when I wish so much to go back.”
“Well, come along,” said Hugh, rather pettishly; “take up your oar again, and go back if you will ; but I think it is you that are unkind, not to stay out when I wish it so much. But you shall not say I made you wicked.” Robert then gladly took up his oar, and in a few minutes was again safe on shore.
No sooner did Robert find himself out of the boat, than his eyes sparkled for joy, and he tried all he could to persuade his brother to get out also. But Hugh positively refused, and pushed himself off from the land, as he had done before.
Hugh enjoyed himself much for some time, floating about on the water ; but at length, as he was trying to turn about, somehow or other, for want of better
understanding how to manage it, the boat dipped, and Hugh, being thrown into the water, sank to the bottom, to rise no more.
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as in full, pull, bush, push.
Precede, (not pr'cede,) precise, predict, prefer, prefix,
prepare, present, pretend, proceed, produce, protract, promote, belief, relief, delight, deny, desire.
The Bad Boy. LITTLE PETER was a very ill-natured boy. He could not live peaceably with any body; on the contrary, he was continually quarrelling with his brothers and sisters, and with all the little boys in the neighborhood.
He was often admonished by his parents that he ought to be good, and kind towards others. Indeed, his father threatened to separate him from the family, and keep him entirely alone, if he were always so ill-natured. But threats did no good, and his father at last locked him up in a chamber, in a distant part of the house, and forbade all the family speaking a word to him.
Peter had a lonesome time in the chamber. He often looked out of the window to see if he could see any person around; but not a single soul could he see or hear.
At noon the maid carried him his dinner, and Peter spoke very kindly to her ; but she did not reply to him. He did not relish his dinner at all.
The afternoon seemed as long as a year to him. He had nothing to amuse him, and nobody to speak to.
He saw no living thing in the chamber but flies. He gazed upon them for a long time, counted them, and spoke to them ;but, after all, they were nothing but flies.
In the evening, his sister, with whom he had quarrelled continually, brought him his supper.
• Dear sister," said Peter, “stay with me a little while ; do, it would be such a pleasure." But his sister set down his supper, and went away without saying a word.
Then came the dark, dismal night; but Peter could not close his eyes. He kept thinking, all the time, " When will it be morning ? Must I live so to-morrow ?" Then it occurred to him how he had behaved towards others, and he thought how he would act in future, if he could only be with them again.
The next day, while he was still alone, forsaken by every body, and thinking of his past conduct, he began to weep, and finally to cry aloud, "Father father! mother! open the door ; let me out; I cannot stay here."
His father let him cry a long wliile, but finally went to him. Peter fell on his knees, and, with uplifted hands, besought his father to let him out among his brothers and sisters and other people.
Then his father said, “He who makes himself hateful to the world should be contented to live away from it."
Peter promised to do better, and his father let him out.
He soon became affectionate and agreeable. He was kind to his brothers and sisters, and to all about him. As he grew up, he became a good man, and was respected by all who knew him.
TABLE OF VOWEL ELEMENTS.
a as in age, rage, save, wave.
The breaking waves dashed high.
Note to Teachers. — The above table is designed to exercise the voice upon the prolongation of the vowel elements Utter an element