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to be wrong, her husband came home heavily enough laden with good things for his own every day household and the hospitality in which they were as free, according to their opportunities, as any inhabitant of Bergen or Christiania.
XLV. - MRS. CAUDLE ASKING FOR MONEY.
1. If there's anything in the world I hate —and you know it — it is asking you for money. I am sure, for myself, I'd rather go without a thing a thousand times — and I do, the more shame for you to let me!
2. “What do I want now?” As if you didn't know! I'm sure, if I'd any money
of my own, I'd never ask you for a farthing - never! It's painful to me, gracious knows!
3. What do you say? “ If it's painful, why so often do it?” I suppose you call that a joke – one of your club-jokes. As I say, I only wish I'd any money of
my If there is anything that humbles a poor woman, it is coming to a man's pocket for every farthing. It's dreadful!
4. Now, Caudle, you hear me, for it isn't often I speak. Pray, do you know what month it is? And did you see how the children looked at church to-day? – like nobody else's children!
5. “What was the matter with them?" Oh, Caudle! how can you ask? Weren't they all in their thick merinoes and beaver bonnets?
6. What did you say?
6 What of it?” What! You'll tell me that you didn't see how the Briggs girls in their new chips turned their noses up at 'em? And you didn't see how the Browns looked at the Smiths, and then at our poor girls, as much as to say, “Poor creatures ! what figures for the first of May!”
“ You didn't see it”? The more shame for you! I'm sure those Briggs girls — the little minxes ! — put me into such a pucker, I could have pulled their ears for 'em over the pew.
8. What do you say ? “I ought to be ashamed to own it”? Now, Caudle, it's no use talking; those children shall not cross over the threshold next Sunday, if they haven't things for the summer. Now mind they sha'n't ; and there's an end of it!
“ I'm always wanting money for clothes”? How can you say that? I'm sure there are no children in the world that cost their father so little; but that's it — the less a poor woman does upon, the less she may.
10. Now, Caudle, dear! What a man you are ! I know you will give me the money, because, after all, I think you love your children, and like to see 'em well dressed. It's only natural that a father should.
11. “How much money do I want?” Let me see, love. There's Caroline, and Jane, and Susan, and Mary Anne, and
12. What do you say? “I needn't count 'em! You know how many there are!” That's just the way you take me up!
13. Well, how much money will it take? Let me see — I'll tell you in a minute. You always love to see the dear things look like new pins. I know that, Caudle ; and though I say it - bless their little hearts ! they do credit to you, Caudle.
14. “How much?” Now don't be in a hurry! Well, I think, with good pinching — and you know, Caudle, there's never a wife who can pinch closer than I can I think, with pinching, I can do with twenty pounds.
15. What did you say? “ Twenty fiddle-sticks” ? 16. What!
“ You won't give half the money!” Very well, Mr. Caudle ; I don't care. Let the children go in rags ; let them stop from church, and grow up like heathens and cannibals; and then you'll save your money, and, I suppose, be satisfied.
17. What do you say ? “ Ten pounds enough”? Yes, just like you men; you think things cost nothing for women ;
don't care how much you lay out upon yourselves.
18. “They only want frocks and bonnets”? How do you know what they want? How should a man know anything at all about it? And you won't give more than ten pounds ? Very well. Then you may go shopping with it yourself, and see what you'll make of it! I'll have none of your ten pounds, I can tell you
no, sir !
19. No; you've no cause to say that. I don't want to dress the children up like countesses! You often throw that in my teeth, you do; but you know it's false, Caudle ; you know it! I only wish to give 'em proper
notions of themselves ; and what, indeed, can the poor things think, when they see the Briggses, the Browns, and the Smiths — and their father doesn't make the money you do, Caudle — when they see them as fine as tulips? Why, they must think themselves nobody. However, the twenty pounds I will have, if I've any, or not a farthing.
20. No, sir - no! I don't want to dress up the children like peacocks and parrots! I only want to make ’em respectable.
21. What do you say? “You'll give me fifteen pounds”? No, Caudle—no! Not a penny will I take under twenty. If I did, it would seem as if I wanted to waste your money; and I'm sure, when I come to think of it, twenty pounds will hardly do!
1. Not long after King James I. took the place of Queen Elizabeth on the throne of England, there lived an English knight at a place called Hinchinbrooke. His name was Sir Oliver Cromwell. The old house in which he dwelt had been occupied by his ancestors before him for a good many years. In it there was a great hall, hung round with coats-of-arms and helmets, cuirasses and swords, which his forefathers had used in battle.
2. This Sir Oliver Cromwell had a nephew, who had been called Oliver, after himself, but who was generally known in the family by the name of little Noll. The child was often sent to visit his uncle, who probably found him a troublesome little fellow to take care of. He was forever in mischief, and always running into some danger or other, from which he seemed to escape only by miracle.
3. Even while he was an infant in the cradle, a strange accident had befallen him. A huge ape, which was kept in the family, snatched up little Noll in his arms, and clambered with him to the roof of the house. There this ugly beast sat grinning at the affrighted spectators, as if it had done the most praiseworthy thing imaginable. Fortunately, however, he brought the child safe down
4. One morning, when Noll was five or six years old, a royal messenger arrived at Hinchinbrooke with tidings that King James was coming to dine with Sir Oliver Cromwell. This was a high honor, to be sure, but a very great trouble; for all the lords and ladies, knights, guards, and squires, who waited on the king, were to be feasted as well as himself.
5. However, Sir Oliver expressed much thankfulness for the king's intended visit, and ordered his butler and cook to make the best preparations in their power. So a great fire was kindled in the kitchen ; and the neighbors knew, by the smoke which poured out of the chimney, that boiling, baking, stewing, roasting, and frying were going on merrily.