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42. I am hungry, thirsty, cold, &c.

J'ai faim, soif, froid, &c. 43. His shoes let in water.

Ses souliers prennent l'eau. 44. They put the inhabitants to the sword.

Ils passèrent les habitants au fil de l'épée.





THE GUINEA. ANNE held1 her brother's hat to the travellers in the carriages, 2 and money was thrown 3 to her from each window. When they were out of sight, she and her brother sat down upon a large 4 stone by the roadside to count their treasure. They began by counting5 what6 was in the hat—“One, two, three, four half


“But, O brother,7 look at8 this !” exclaimed Anne ; “this is not like the other half-pence.”

“No, indeed,” cried Paul ; “it is not a half-penny; it is a guinea—a bright golden guinea !”

“Is it ?"9 said Anne, who had never seen a guinea before, and did not know its value ; “and will it do as well as 10 a half-penny to buy gingerbread ? I'll run to 11 the fruit-woman, shall I ?12

1 Held, Tendit. --2 To the travellers in, Aux voyageurs qui étaient dans.—3 See $ 6.–4 See 8 3 _5 See § 31, 6.–6 See $ 22.7 O brother, Mon frère.-_8 See $ 36, 4. -9 Is it? Vraiment.–10 And will it do as well as, Et cela sera-t-il aussi bon que. -11 See § 32, 2.–12 Shall I? N'est-ce pas ?

“No, no," said Paul, "you need not ask the fruit-woman ; I can tell you all about it,1 as well as anybody in the whole world.” 2

“ The whole world ! O Paul, you forget !—not so well as my grandmother.”

“Why not so well as my grandmother? I can tell you, Anne ; but you must listen to 3 me quietly, or else you won't understand what I am going to tell you, for I can assure you that I don't think I quite understood it myself, Anne, the first time 4 my grandmother told it to me, though I stood stock still,5 listening my best.”

Prepared by this speech to hear something very difficult to be understood, Anne looked very grave ;6 and her brother explained to her that, with a guinea, she might buy two hundred and fiftytwo times as many plums as she could get7 for a penny.

“Why,8 Paul, you know the fruit-woman said she would give us a dozen plums for a penny. Now for this little guinea, would she give us two hundred and fifty-two dozen ?”9

“To be sure she would," 10 said Paul ; “but I think we should not like to have two hundred and fifty-two dozen of plums; we could not eat such a number. ” 11

“But we could give some of them to my grandmother,” said Anne.

“But still there would be too many 12 for her and for us too,” said Paul, “ and when we had eaten 13 the plums, there would be an end of all the pleasure ;14 but now I'll tell you what I am thinking of,15 Anne, that we might buy something for my grandmother that would be very useful to her indeed, with this guinea; something that would last her a great while.”

“What, brother ? what sort of thing?

“Something that she said she wanted very much one day last winter, when 16 she was so ill of the rheumatism ;--something that

1 I can tell you all about it, Je puis vous expliquer cela.--2 The whole world! Personne au monde !_3 See $ 36. -4 The first time, La première fois._5 Though I stood stock still, Quoique je nie tinsse tranquille comme une souche.-6 Looked very grave. Prit un air très-sérieux,-7 As she could get, Qu'elle en aurait. -8 Why, Eh bien, mais._9 See § 20.–10 To be sure she would, Certainement.--11 See $ 20.12 See $ 20.--13 See 40.-14 There would be an end of all the pleasure, Tout le plaisir serait passé.--15 See $ 33, 2.-16 See 8 38.

she said yesterday, when you were making her bed ;1 she wished she might be able to 2 buy before next winter.”

“I know! I know what you mean,” said Anne ; "a blanket. Oh, yes, Paul, that will be much better than plums; do let's buy a blanket for her ; how glad she will be to see it !—I will make her bed with the new blanket, and then bring her3 to look at it. But, Paul, how shall we buy a blanket ? Where are blankets to be got ?"4

“Leave that to me, I'll manage that 5—I know where blankets can be got ; I saw one6 hanging out of a shop, the day I went last to Dunstable.”

“ You have seen a great many things at Dunstable, brother."

“Yes, a great many; but I never saw anything there, or anywhere else, that I wished for half so much as I did for the blanket? for my grandmother. Do you remember how she used to shiver with 8 the cold last winter? I'll buy the blanket to-morrow ; I'm going to Dunstable with her spinning.” 9

“And you 'll bring the blanket to me, and I shall make the bed very neatly; that will be all right,”10 said Anne, clapping her hands.

“But stay! hush! don't clap your hands so, Anne ; it will not be all right, I'm afraid,” said Paul, “ for there is one thing we have neither of us thought of, but that we ought to think about. We cannot buy the blanket, I'm afraid.”

“Why Paul, why?"
“ Because I don't think this guinea is honestly ours !"11

“But I'm sure it is honestly ours ; it was given to us, and grandmother said that all that 12 was given to us 13 to-day was to be our own."14

“But who gave it to you, Anne ?"

1 See § 41.-2 She wished she might be able to, Elle voudrait avoir le moyen de.-3 See § 2, 1. _4 Where are blankets to be got ? Où trouve-t-on des couvertures ?-5 Leare that to me, I'll manage that, Laissez-moi faire, je m'en charge.6 See $ 20.—7 I never saw anything there, or anywhere else, that I wished for half so much as I did for that blanket, Je n'ai jamais rien vu, ni là, ni ailleurs, que j'aie désiré moitié autant que cette couverture.—8 See § 29.–9 With her spinning, Avec ce qu'elle a filé.-10 That will be all right, Ce sera parfait.-11 Ours, à nous.–12 See $ 22.-13 See $ 6, 2.-14 Was to be our own, Devait être pour nous.

“Some of the people in those chaises, Paul ; I don't know which of them, but I dare say 1 it was the little rosy girl.” 2

“No,” said Paul, “ for when she called you to the chaise-door, she said, “Here's some half-pence for you.' Now if she gave you the guinea, she must have given it to you by mistake.”

“Well, but perhaps some of the people in the other chaises gave it to me, and did not give it to me by mistake, Paul. There was a gentleman reading in one of the chaises, and a lady who looked very good-naturedly at me, and then the gentleman put down his book and put his head out of the window, and threw a handful of half-pence into the hat, and I dare say he gave us the guinea along with them.”

“Why," said Paul, “ that might be, to be sure ; but I wish I was quite certain of it.”

“ Then as we are not quite certain, had not we best go and ask 3 my grandmother what 4 she thinks about it ?" 5

Paul thought this was excellent advice ; and as he was not a silly boy, who did not like to follow good advice, he went with his sister directly to his grandmother, showed her the guinea, and told her how they came by it.6

7“ My dear, honest children,” said she, “I am very glad you told me all this ; I am very glad that you did not buy either the plums or the blanket with this guinea; I'm sure it is not honestly ours; those who threw it to you, gave it by mistake, I warrant ; and what I would have you do is, to go to Dunstable, and try, if you can, at either of the inns, to find out the person that gave it to you. It is now so late in the evening, that perhaps the travellers will sleep at Dunstable, instead of going on the next stage ; and it is likely that whosoever gave you the guinea instead of a half-penny, has found out their mistake by this time. All you can do is, to go and inquire for the gentleman who was reading in the chaise.”

“Oh!” interrupted Paul, “I know a good way of finding him

1 I dare say, Je crois bien que. 2 The little rosy girl, La petite fille qui avait de si jolies couleurs.—3 See $ 37, 11.–4 See § 22.—5 About it, En.–6 How they came by it, Comment elle leur était venue.—7 See the translation of this piece. page 11.

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