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BY OLIVER GOLDSMITH.
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