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IN a pleasant but retired situation, at the extremity of a healthy village, resided Mrs. Corbet, who since the death of her husband (the late rector of the parish) had been necefsitated to exert those talents she possessed both from nature and education, in the instruction of a stated number of pupils, whom she considered rather as her children than her scholars, and in whose improvement all her wishes were now concentered. She shared their pleasures, softened their anxi. eties, rewarded their virtues, punished their errors ;---but her punishments were by no
B ,' means means after the usual mode; the aggressors were neither denied their meals, nor put to ftudy lessons whose length gave them a hatred to learning; they were simply debarred the company of their mates, and excluded the pleasurable society that commonly drew round the governess on the close of evening, to listen to the instructive tales which she fre. quently gratified them by relating. The number of her pupils were twelve, namely
Miss Charlotte Selwyn, aged fifteen.
Miss Eliza Melville, seven.
On a frosty winter evening, having performed their exercises to the satisfaction of their governess, and played until they were almost weary, they drew round the chearful fire, where she was sitting, contem. plating with pleasure on their innocent mirth and sprightly activity, and whisper, ing for some time, at length sent Miss Ben. net with a request to their governess, A short curtesy preluded her speech -“Ah, Madam," said she, “ if you would be so good as to tell us one of those pretty stories that used to delight us, you know not how much we shall all be obliged to you.”
" Willingly my love,” returned she, “ on this condition ;--that you all give me in future as much satisfaction as you have done 10-day. I will then relate to you the tale of Almalic and Hassan, or the Road to Happi. pess."
ALMALIC AND HASSAN,
THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS.
OMAR the hermit of the mountain Au. bukabis, which rises on the east of Mecca, and overlooks the city, found one evening a man sitting pensive and alone, within a few'paces of his cell. Omar regarded him with attention, and perceived that his looks were wild and haggard, and that his body was feeble and emaciated: the man also seemed to gaze ftedfastly on Omar, but fuch was the distraction of his mind, that his eye did not immediately take cognizance