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ground; that before we can have milk, cows must have grass;
and that wine does not run from the vine on the turning of a key, as it does from the cask!
5. Both of these young people—the Marquis, who thought himself almost a man, and his sister, who thought herself quite a lady—wandered, in great amazement, over large fields that were not enclosed' by iron fences, and along a lovely river, where there were neither shops, nor wharves for shipping
a EM-BROID'-ER, adorn with ornamental
needle-work. b COM-PLETE', finished.
RE-SIDE', dwell; sojourn.
d OR'-PAANS, without father or mother,
II. Their Adventures on the River.
1. One morning, as they were chatting, and sauntering along, they came to a small creek, in which lay a little green boat, the bowa of which was in the form of a swan's
head and neck. As the little Marquis had once crossed the river at Paris in a similar boat, he at once jumped in; and his sister, out of respect for her brother, followed.
2. But the skiff had not been securely fastened: the shock of their jumping in had loosed the rope, and behold! they were soon borne, by the current, down the river! What then was to be done!
3. Great was the fright of the Marquis Nihil, and his sister Letta. The latter began to cry, as she always did when any thing happened that did not please her: but the Marquis, trying to be brave, laid his hand on his sword, as he had been told every gentleman should do, when at all vexed, or in any danger.
4. But the Marquis soon found that drawing his sword did not prevent the boat from being carried onward by the stream: so, letting go his sword, he seized an oar. But although he knew all the movements of the sword exercise, and could dance almost to perfection, he did not know which end of the oar to handle.
5. All his efforts at guiding the boat were useless, and he only succeeded in turning it quite round two or three times, and forcing it into the middle of the stream, which carried them on so rapidly, that, as the river continued to widen, they soon lost all hope of assistance from either bank.
6. The Marquis now threw down the oar in despair, and seated himself in the bow of the boat; while his little sister, seated in the stern, continued to cry, for want of something better to do. At last they floated down to an island in the middle of the stream, when the boat, becoming entangled among the rushes, ran aground, and both leaped out, highly delighted at their escape from the river.
a Bow, the forward end. • BORNE, carried.
• VEXET, made angry; provoked. d As-SIST'-ANCE, aid; help.
III. Their Adventures on the Island.
1. After the two castaways had fastened the rope to a tree, they started off to see what kind of a country they were
in, hoping to find a postM office where they could
write, and from which they could send a letter to their uncle, request
inga him to come to their aid. But they went entirely around the island, without meeting with any thing but flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, fowls contentedly seeking their food, and a deserted house.
2. They were now convinced that they had been cast upon a deserto island, similar to those visited by Captain Cook, or that on which Robinson Crusoe had been cast away; and this greatly alarmed the little lady: but her brother showed more courage, and told his sister not to cry, for he hoped, as he was a marquis, that all would yet be well with them.
3. “You must not despair, my sister," he said gravely, “ for I think, if we have patience and industry, we may find something to live upon. These cows ought to produce milk in abundance; and probably the fowls of this island lay eggs, somewhat in the manner of those of more civilized countries.
4. “I also observed, in that forsaken hut, a sack of that white flour, with which our uncle's housekeeper pretends bread can be made. So come; let us see what we can do with these miserable materials; and as our servants are left at the castle, we must not hesitate about helping ourselves.”
5. They wisely agreed that this was the best thing to be done: but when they attempted to carry out their plan, they met with a few difficulties. They found that they could not get the milk without first milking the cows; and neither knew how to set about it. Besides, the great horned beasts completely frightened them!
6. However, the young Marquis found his courage increase with the occasion for it; and, resolutelys drawing his sword, he advanced toward the nearest cow, threatening her with instant death unless
she then and there deliveredh
her milk! But at this the cow turned upon him such a gentle look of wonder, that he put up his sword in despair. He was not any more fortunate with the fowls, who fled on his approach, with a loud cackling noise.
7. In the mean time Letta, who had gone to the house, wandered over it in a very unhappy state of mind. She had, indeed, found the bag of flour; but she had not the least idea how flour was to be made into bread. She saw a large side of bacon hanging in the chimney,and wondered what it could be. The fire, too, had gone out; and she knew no way of relighting it, as she had always called upon her maid Catherine to do such things.
8. And thus hours ran by, and the unhappy ones began to think they should perish with hunger. The face of the little Marquis became very sad, and his sister began again to cry. At last, as evening drew near, they both left the house, and began anew their search for something to eat.
9. They saw plenty of hazel and chestnut trees bearing their fruit, but the chestnuts were hidden in their prickly burs, and the nuts in their green husks, so that they did not know the fruit which they had seen only on the table in the city. All they could find to eat were a few miserable wild cherries.
10. They had just completed this poor repast, when, hearing a noise, they turned round, and were joyfully surprised to behold a party of men and women who had just landed from a
boat near by. They proved to be the farmers of the island, who had been spending the day in the fields on the other side of the river, making hay.