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manner, and was instructed by the very best teachers in all that was good and useful.
This extraordinary change had been brought about in a very simple manner. After Augustus had awoke, under the beech, and had rubbed his eyes, he set off immediately into the wood, to seek again for beech-nuts, and had soon nearly half filled his little basket. At length he came to where there were no longer any beech-trees, and went on and on till at last he came out of the wood on the side bordering the river. A large boat lay on the shore there. The boat had only lain-to here to wait for some passengers that it had to take up. The other passengers, who were in part very rich people, and in part families of the middle class, had all come on land. The elder persons walked up and down the green and meadow-like banks for a little exercise, and the children amused themselves by looking for bright-coloured pebbles among the gravel on the shore. Presently the children saw the little Augustus, and then came up to him and peeped into his little willow-basket, to see what he had in it. The pretty brown beech-nuts, with which they were unacquainted, delighted them.
“ They are very queer nuts !” said the little Antonia, a lovely child, somewhat younger than Augustus, and who was dressed as prettily as a lady: “such little three-cornered chestnuts I never saw before !"
“ Nay,” said Augustus, who had never heard of chestnuts, “ they are not such odd things as you say ; they are beechnuts, and one can eat them.” He divided whole handfuls among the children, and they made a great rejoicing. It gave the good little Augustus the greatest pleasure to find such a many merry children all together : such a happiness as this was very rare, for it was not often that he saw even a child from the village. He joined himself to the children, and they gave to him of all that they had, pears and plums.
Augustus was now very curious to see the boat nearer: it was the first large boat that he had seen near. The floating house upon it, a great deal larger than his cottage, appeared to him very wonderful. The children took him with them into the boat. Antonia led him into the papered room, which was appointed for the use of the higher class of passengers.
“Eh!” cried Augustus, in astonishment, “there is in this house a prettier parlour than we have at home !".
Antonia and his other new play-fellows shewed him now their toys. Augustus was enraptured by the sight of all these splendours, and thought no more about going home. In the meantime the boat, without the boy being the least aware of it, put from the land, and floated majestically down the
Nobody in the boat had paid any particular attention to Augustus. The passengers who had been longest in the boat supposed that he belonged to some of the new-comers; and the new-comers imagined that he belonged to those already there. It was only when the evening approached, and the poor child began to cry aloud, and ask for his mother, that people discovered that a strange child was on board. They were not a little astonished, and no small disturbance arose in the boat. Many lamented and pitied both mother and child ; others laughed at the unbidden little travelling companion : the boatmen scolded, and threatened to throw the boy in the water.