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THE VICAR OF
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OF WAKEFIELD.

BY OLIVER GOLDSMITH.

CHAPTER I.

as were poor. We had no

revolutions to fear, nor faThe description of the Family of Wakefield, in which a kindred

tigues to undergo ; all our

adventures were by the fire. í Likeness prevails as well of Minds as of Persons.

side, and all our migrations

from the blue bed to the I was ever of opinion that the

brown. honest man, who married and

As we lived near the road, brought up a large family,

we often had the traveller of did more service than he who

stranger visit us, to taste our continued single, and only

gooseberry-wine, for which talked of population. From

we had great reputation ; this motive, I had scarce

and I profess, with the verataken orders a year, before I

city of an historian, that I began to think seriously of

never knew one of them find matrimony, and chose my

fault with it. Our cousins wife as she did her wedding

too, even to the fortieth regown, not for a fine glossy

move, all remembered their surface, but for such qualities

affinity, without any help as would wear well. To do

from the herald's office, and her justice, she was a good

came very frequently to see natured, notable woman ;

us. Some of them did us no: and as for breeding, there

great honour by these claims were few country ladies who

of kindred, as we had the could show more. She could

blind, the maimed, and the read any English book with

halt amongst the number. out much spelling; but for

However, my wife always pickling, preserving, and

insisted that as they were the cookery, none could excel her.

same “flesh and blood,” the She prided herself also upon

should sit with us at the being an excellent contriver

same table; so that if we had in housekeeping; though I

not very rich, we generally could never find that we grew

had very happy friends about richer with all her contri

us; for this remark will hold vances.

good through life, that the However, we loved each

poorer the guest, the better other tenderly, and our fond

pleased he ever is with being ness increased as we grew old.

treated ; and as some men There was, in fact, nothing

gaze with admiration at the that could make us angry

colors of a tulip, or the wing with the world, or each other.

of a butterfly, so I was by We had an elegant house, "I chose my wite as she did her Wedding Gown."

nature an admirer of happy situate in a fine country, and

human faces. However, when a good neighbourhood. The year was spent in moral or rural | any one of our relations was found to be a person of very bad chaamusements, in visiting our rich neighbours, and relieving such I racter, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upov

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