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remembered exactly what she had heard her father say, and was therefore able to give the proper answer.
According to the rules of the school, Susie took the places of the others, and passed to the top of the class. She was pleased to find herself there, because she was generally nearer the bottom than the top. The remaining questions were tolerably easy ones, so Susie was able to keep her new place until the close of the lesson.
She felt glad that she was abore Fanny Simpson for once; and a little glad also, I am afraid, that Fanny was obliged to go lower. It is so natural to rejoice when those who are unkind to us meet with something that is unpleasant to themselves. And the remarks made to Susie afterwards, by some of the girls, served to strengthen this wrong feeling.
“I am so glad you got up in the class to-day, Susie,'' said Bessy Wilson; “it is right you should have your turn sometimes, and I hope you'll manage to keep it, if it is only for the sake of pushing Fanny out: she boasts so of being at the head.”
“ Yes, she is very conceited,” said Lucy Jones ; "it will do her good to be put down a little."
Susie noticed that Fanny looked very sulky, and that she scarcely spoke to any one; but then, she was likely to be vexed at losing her place, and Susie did not think she was to blame for that. Nor was she; there was no fault in Susie’s rising to the top, but it was wrong to take any pleasure in Fanny's disappointment.
She did not, however, think so, until reminded of it by aunt Mary, Susie called at her aunt's in the
afternoon, with a message from her mother, and she eagerly told her how well she had got on in the morning, in reaching to the top of the class, and in knowing more than even Fanny Simpson. Aunt Mary observed with regret the feelings which Susie, almost unknown to : herself, was cherishing, and she gently pointed these out to her, and asked her to guard against them. She showed her how hard it must appear to Fanny to lose, through one mistake, the place which she had had for so long a time; and how very likely it was that she would be rather cross with Susie on that account.
“ Just put yourself in Fanny's place, Susie ; and imagine how you would feel, and how you would like to be treated. And try, dear, even in little things such as these, to copy the example of Jesus, and to be meek, and kind, and humble as he was. He should always be our pattern.”
Susie was a teachable little girl. She did not think, as some children do, that she was as wise as any one else, and did not need to be taught. She knew that she had much to learn; and it was very pleasant to learn from aunt Mary, because aunt Mary talked so kindly, and felt for her in every difficulty.
As Susie thought over what her aunt had said to her about Fanny, she felt that it was quite true. She wondered in what way she could prove to Fanny that she had no feeling of ill-will towards her, and that she was willing to forgive and forget her past unkind ways. After some time she decided what she would do. What was it? Wait till school-time, and you will know.
Susie had some talk with her governess before the
lessons began. Emma Perkins, who sat watching her, could not tell what Susie talked so earnestly about. She seemed to be asking a favour; and at length Mrs. Ashley smiled and said, “ Yes, Susie, you may, you like ;” and then Susie came away quite contented.
Then Susie went across the room to speak to Fanny Simpson, but Fanny turned away when she saw her, and asked Lucy Jones to hear her repeat her Geography, that she might be sure she knew it perfectly. She did this on purpose that she might not be obliged to take any notice of Susie. She was too much offended with her to want to have anything to say to her.
Susie waited patiently; but before Fanny had finished, the little girl was desired to write her copy, and she had no other opportunity of speaking to Fanny; for as soon as the writing was done, the History class was called up:
Susie quietly took her old place, about halfthe class. Fanny, therefore, was at the head. She looked at Susie in some surprise, and said, at the top, you know, Susie.” Susie smiled and shook her head.
“Susie wishes you to have your own place again, Fanny,” said their governess.
“She tells me it was quite by accident that she knew the answer to the question yesterday ; and she thinks that, after you have worked so hard to keep at the top of the class, it is not fair that you should lose it for the want of one
So you are still to be the head girl in History, Fanny."
Fanny coloured; and if she thought it was more than she deserved, she thought correctly. But she came
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afterwards to Susie, and thanked her for her kindness. She was naturally proud and reserved, and would not own to Susie that she had ever been unkind to her ; but she thanked her for giving up the place to her in such a pleasant manner that she scarcely seemed to Susie like the same girl.
Susie went home feeling that “her text” had once more gained the victory. Whether Fanny would ever become as friendly as Emma Perkins had, was rather doubtful; but at all events she would most probably behave better than she bad hitherto done. Susie was not mistaken. Fanny was conquered by kindness. From the time that Susie yielded the top place to her, she treated her with more consideration ; and although she did not grow very intimate with her, she ceased to
“Now," said aunt Mary, when her little niece was joyfully describing to her the alteration in Fanny, “now, Susie, I think you have only one more trial of your text to make at present."
“One more aunt ? why, all the rest of the girls are pretty agreeable now."
“But this is not a schoolfellow, Susie: I was thinking of Jem Horton."
Susie's countenance fell. "Oh, aunt !" she said, in her old despairing tone, “I shall never do anything with Jem."
A DRAWING FROM JAPAN. SEVERAL thousand miles away from us is Japan-a kingdom consisting of many islands, which, if placed
together, would be much larger thau England. The people who live there are in their looks, character, manners, and religiou, very much like the Chinese.
They are said to be clever, and among other manufactures their crapes, silks, porcelain, and lacquer-work are quite famous. They are also successful in copper,