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tempers constantly led them, they would bemoan their hard fate, and try to make out that by right, they, as the elder sisters, should have had the brilliant fate that had fallen to the lot of their sister Beauty. We know better to what Beauty owed her good fortune, my little readers—do we not? We know that she earned her success by her own good behaviour, and that the sisters brought their misfortunes on themselves by their selfishness and var:ity. And we are happy when we think that our good Beauty and her husband lived long afterwards, and loved each other like two turtle-doves in a nest of roses.

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This little tale was written

To show how, here on earth,
The only helps to happiness

Are Industry and Worth.

This little Goody Two-shoes,

Whose parents both did die,
Had still the mighty Father left

Who dwells beyond the sky.

And she was good and patient;

She tried to do her best,
And He whose pity faileth not

Provided for the rest.

Then learn there is a Father

For orphans one and all,
Without whose word no little bird

Can from the rooftree fall.



AV going to tell you the history of a very good and useful

little girl named Margery Meanwell. But as she was better known by the title of Goody Two-shoes, I shall call her by the last name; and I will tell you directly how it was that little Margery Meanwell came to be called by such a funny name.

Farmer Meanwell, the father of little Margery and of her brother Tommy, was for many years a rich man. He had a large farm, and good wheat-fields, and flocks of sheep, and plenty of money. But his good fortune forsook him, and he became poor, and was obliged to get people to lend him money, to be able to pay the rent of his house and the wages of the servants who worked on his farm.

Things went on worse and worse with the poor farmer. When the time came at which he should pay back the money lent him, he was not able to do so. He was soon obliged to sell his farm; but this did not bring him money enough, and he found himself in a worse plight than ever. This is how it was :

There are some people who never know what it is to have pity on the poor and the unfortunate ; and such persons make no difference between those who have fallen into misfortune by no fault of their own, and those whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to poverty. With such people it was Farmer Meanwell's fortune to meet.

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