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All this happened a great many years before Mr. Whittier wrote the poem. At the time this poem was written, the little girl had been dead for forty years.

She had been sorry that she had spelt the word and she had hated to go above him.

But " in life's hard school,” he had found that few who pass above him in the successes of life lament their triumph and his loss, —

“ Like her, — because they love him.” Now read over the whole story silently, and try to see all of it just as if you were watching a moving picture. That is what silent reading really is.

But when you read it aloud to the class, try to tell it to the class just as if you were telling them the story of a moving picture that you had seen.

Study the meanings of the following words before reading the poem : sumachs (sū'măks): a kind of selected from a number. tree.

fingered : touched with the icy fretting : ornamental work fingers; played with.

such as carving. Here it Lament their triumph and his means the icicles hanging loss: to express sorrow for from the eaves.

their own success and his singled: chose from others;l failure.

IN SCHOOL DAYS

1
Still sits the schoolhouse by the road,

A ragged beggar sunning;
Around it still the sumachs grow,

And blackberry-vines are running.

2

Within, the master's desk is seen,

Deep scarred by raps official ;
The warping floor, the battered seats,

The jackknife's carved initial;

The charcoal frescoes on its wall ;

Its door's worn sill, betraying
The feet that, creeping slow to school,

Went storming out to playing !

10

Long years ago a winter sun

Shone over it at setting;
Lit up its western windowpanes,

And low eaves' icy fretting.

It touched the tangled golden curls,

And brown eyes full of grieving, Of one who still her steps delayed

When all the school were leaving.

15

For near her stood the little boy

Her childish favor singled : His cap pulled low upon a face

Where pride and shame were mingled.

20 Pushing with restless feet the snow

To right and left, he lingered; —
As restlessly her tiny hands

The blue-checked apron fingered.

He saw her lift her eyes; he felt

The soft hand's light caressing,
And heard the tremble of her voice,

As if a fault confessing.

“I'm sorry that I spelt the word :

I hate to go above you,
Because," — the brown eyes lower fell, -

“Because, you see, I love you !”

10
Still memory to a gray-haired man

That sweet child-face is showing.
Dear girl! the grasses on her grave

Have forty years been growing !

15

11
He lives to learn, in life's hard school,

How few who pass above him
Lament their triumph and his loss,

Like her, — because they love him.

20

QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION 1. Who is the little boy in this did she do as she stood story supposed to be?

there? What did the 2. Describe the schoolhouse. boy do while standing

Why did it look like “a there? Answer by readragged beggar sunning ”? ing aloud stanza 7. Why Have you ever seen a was he so ashamed and sumach shrub or small

hurt? tree? Try to imagine the 8. Describe her embarrassment schoolhouse, the sumachs, as she waited, afraid to

and the blackberry vines. speak. Answer by read3. Tell how the schoolhouse ing aloud stanza 8.

looked inside. What were 9. What is meant by “life's “raps official”? Try to hard school ” ? How, in see the old teacher rapping! “ life's hard school,” could for order.

anybody "pass ' above 4. What is the meaning of the him”? If some other last two lines of stanza poet could write better

poems than Whittier, 5. Describe the little girl.

would that other poet 6. How did she hurt the pride be likely to lament his

of the little boy? Tell triumph over Whittier? what “passing above ” 10. What became of the little meant then.

girl? 7. What time of day was it? 11. How did those who“ passed

Where were most of the above ” him in “ life's children? Why had the hard school,” differ from little girl waited? What| his little girl friend?

3?

What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd !

How sweet their memory still !
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

WILLIAM COWPER

THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE

DINAH MARIA MULOCK CRAIK

In this famous and beloved fairy story, Miss Mulock (the name by which Dinah Maria Mulock Craik signed her stories) tells us :“If any reader, big or little, should wonder whether there is a meaning in this story deeper than that of an ordinary fairy tale I will own that there is. But I have hidden it so carefully that the smaller people, and even many of the larger ones, will never find it.

Now we should hardly be willing, should we, to let Miss Mulock prove, by our failure to find it, that we cannot find the hidden meaning ?

First, this story is a very delightful fairy tale, if read just as a fairy tale. But before you read the story, we shall give you a hint of what may be the hidden meaning, so that you may look for it as you read.

In the story a little prince, who is to be king and who has prospects of being “as happy as a king,” is hurt so that he will never be able to use his legs again. You will surely admit that that was a very great misfortune."

Then his uncle, who was Regent (which means a person who rules when a king is not old enough to rule), had the poor little lad taken away into a desert place, and with only a nurse for company, imprisoned in the top of a tall tower, from which he was never to escape.

You will surely admit that that was being plunged from fine prospects into deep unhappiness. His name was “Prince Dolor," which means “Prince Sorrow,"

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