And The Girls, For Their Own Sakes, Had Much
Better Be Under Them Than Wasting So Much Time Learning Useless Knowledge
At Compulsory Schools.
Freckles said, when he came in,
He never would enter a tawny skin,
Was another of her rhymes. Freckles come in with summer, but never appear
on a dark skin, so that the freckled should rejoice in these signs of
Your father, the elderberry,
Was not such a gooseberry
As to send in his bilberry
Before it was dewberry.
Some children are liable to an unpleasant complaint at night; for this
there is a certain remedy. A mouse is baked in the oven to a 'scrump,'
then pounded to powder, and this powder administered. Many ladies still
have faith in this curious medicine; it reminds one of the powdered
mummy, once the great cure of human ills. Country places have not always
got romantic names - Wapse's Farm, for instance, and Hog's Pudding Farm.
Wapse is the provincial for wasp.
Country girls are not all so shrewd as Louisa: we heard of two - this was
some time since - who, being in service in London, paid ten shillings each
to Madame Rachel for a bath to be made beautiful for ever. Half a
sovereign out of their few coins! On the other hand, town servants are
well dressed and have plenty of finery, but seldom have any reserve of
good clothing, such as Louisa possessed. All who know the country regret
the change that has been gradually coming over the servants and the class
from which they are supplied.
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