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ing the cottage, and cultivating the garden. “ By degrees I made a discovery of still greater moment. I found that these people possessed a method of communicating their experience and feelings, to one another by articulate sounds.' I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleaSure Or pain, smiles' or sadness, in the minds and countenances of the hearers. This was indeed a godlike science, and I ardently desired to become acquainted with it. But I was baffled in every attempt I made for this purpose. Their pronunciation was quick; and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connexion with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference. By great application, however, and after having remained during the space of several

revolutions of the moon in my hovel, I

discovered the names that were given

to some of the most familiar objects of discourse: I learned and applied the words fire, milk, bread, and wood. I learned also the names of the cottagers themselves. The youth and his companion had each of them several names, but the old man had only one, which was father. The girl was called sister, or Agatha; and the youth Felir, brother, or son. I cannot describe the delight l, felt when I learned the ideas appropriated to each of these sounds, and was able to pronounce them. I distinguished several other words, without being able as yet to understand or apply them ; such as good, dearest, un

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cottagers greatly endeared them to me:

when they were unhappy, I felt depress

ed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys. I saw few human beings beside them ; and if any other happened

to enter the cottage, their harsh manners

and rude gait only enhanced to me the superior accomplishments of my friends. The old man, I could perceive, often endeavoured to encourage his children, as sometimes I found that he called them, to cast off their melancholy. He would talk in a cheerful aceent, with an expression of goodness that bestowed

pleasure even upon me. Agatha list.

ened with respect, her eyes sometimes filled with tears, which she endeavoured to wipe away unperceived; but I generally found that her countenance and tone were more cheerful after having listened to the exhortations of her father. It was not thus with Felix. He

was always the saddest of the groupe; and, even to my unpractised senses, he appeared to have suffered more deeply than his friends. But if his countenance was more sorrowful, his voice was more cheerful than that of his sister, especially when he addressed the old man. * ... " “ I could mention innumerable instances, which, although slight, marked the dispositions of these amiable cottagers. In the midst of poverty and want, Felix carried with pleasure to his sister the first little white flower that peeped out from beneath the snowy ground. Early in the morning before she had risen, he cleared away the snow that obstructed her path to the milk-house, drew water from the well, and brought the wood from the outhouse, where, to his perpetual astonishment, he found his store always replenished by an invisible hand. In the

day, I believe, he worked sometimes. for a neighbouring farmer, because he often went forth, and did not return until dinner, yet brought no wood with: him. At other times he worked in the

garden; but, as there was little to do.

in the frosty season, he read to the old. man and Agatha. -

“ This reading had puzzled me extremely at first; but, by degrees, I dis

covered that he uttered many of the same sounds when he read as when he

talked. I conjectured, therefore, that. he found on the paper signs for speech. which he understood, and I ardently longed to comprehend these also ; but how was that possible, when I did not even understand the sounds for which they stood as signs? I improved, however, sensibly in this science, but not sufficiently to follow up any kind of

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