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it carelessly into my bosom. The two friends left me to finish their walk. I went on with my work.

[Write from dictation] The poor man was mortified to have to confess the melancholy results of his benefactor's liberality. It was manifest that his circumstances were no better than when the two friends first met him. The generous friend immediately refused to believe his tale. The other gave him a piece of lead, and assured the astonished ropemaker it would prove valuable.

STORY OF HASSAN-continued.

[Spell and write] absolutely, necessary, expressed, advantage, extinguished,

surprised, perceived, served, proportion.

That very night, it happened that one of my neighbours, a fisherman, in preparing his nets, found that he wanted a piece of lead ; and at that hour he could not buy any, as the shops were all shut. It was, however, absolutely necessary for him to get some, that he might procure food for himself and his family, by going to fish two hours before daylight. He expressed his vexation to his wife, and sent her to ask the neighbours to supply his want. The wife went from door to door on both sides of the street, but could not get any lead. At last, grumbling and scolding, she came to my door. I had been some time asleep, but I awoke, and asked what she wanted. Hassan,' said the woman, raising her voice, my husband wants a little bit of lead to mend his nets; and if by chance. you have any, he begs you would give him a piece.

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The piece of lead that Saad had given me was fresh in my memory, so I answered my neighbour, that I had some, and if she would wait a moment, my wife should bring it her. The fisherman's wife was delighted that she had not come so far for nothing : Neighbour,' said she to my wife, 'the service you

have done my husband and me is so great, that I promise you all the fish my husband shall catch in the first throw of his nets.'

The fisherman, charmed to find the lead he so much wanted, approved the promise his wife had made. He finished mending his nets, and went to fish two hours before daylight as usual. In the first throw of his net, he caught only one fish; but it was more than a foot long. He had afterwards many other draughts, but the fish were much smaller than the first he caught. extremely surprised as I was at work to see him come towards me, bringing the fish. "Neighbour,' said he, 'my wife promised you, last night, all the fish that I caught at the first throw of my nets. I have only this one

for you;

had my nets been full, they would in like manner have been

yours. Take it, I entreat you, such as it is!'

I accepted the fish, and carried it to my wife, who, in cleaning it, found a large diamond, which she supposed to be glass. She gave it to the youngest of our children as a plaything. At night, when the lamp was lighted, our children, who were still playing with it, perceived that it became brighter in proportion as my wife hid the light of the lamp, by carrying it about to prepare supper, and they made such a noise over it as nearly stunned us. I called the eldest to me, and asked him what was the reason they made so much. noise. “Father,' said he, 'it is on account of a piece of glass which shines brightest

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when we turn our backs to the lamp !" I made him bring it me, and tried it myself. I bid my wife hide the lamp in the chimney. She did so. I saw the supposed

I piece of glass gave so much light that we could almost have done without the lamp to go to bed by. Here,' said I, 'is another advantage which the piece of lead procures us, in saving us the expense of oil." When my children saw I had extinguished the lamp, and that the piece of glass supplied the place of it, they shouted so loud as to be heard throughout the neighbourhood. My wife and I increased the noise by trying to make them hold their tongues, but we could not entirely carry our point till they were in bed and asleep.

[Write from dictation] When the fisherman obtained the lead, which was absolutely necessary to him, he promised Hassan his first draught of fishes ; and when Hassan's wife opened the one fish which came to his share, she perceived a piece of glass, which she threw to her children as a plaything. The piece of glass, to their surprise, shone brightly even when the lamp was extinguished, and turned out to be a valuable diamond.

STORY OF HASSAN-concluded.

[Spell and write] acquainted, examining, increase, repeatedly, bargained, abatement,

exhausted, accordingly, considerable, introduced. The house next to mine belonged to a very rich Jew, by trade a jeweller; and the next day when I was gone to my work, the Jew's wife came in to complain how much their sleep had been disturbed by my children's noise.

My good Rachel, said my wife, 'I am very sorry, but

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you know what children arema trifle will make them laugh, and a trifle will make them cry. Come in, and I will shew you the cause of the noise.' The Jewess entered, and my wife shewed her the diamond. "See here,' said she, 'it was this piece of glass which caused all the noise you heard last night.' The Jewess, who was acquainted with all sorts of stones, was examining the diamond, while my wife told her how she had found it; and when she had done, she returned it to her, and begged her, if she thought of selling it, not to let anybody see it without giving her notice of it.

The Jew was absent at his shop, and his wife went to him and told him of the diamond she had discovered. He sent her back to treat with my wife, ordering her to offer at first a trifling sum, and to increase it in proportion to the difficulties she found.

The Jewess, according to her husband's direction, spoke to my wife in private, and asked her whether she would take twenty pieces of gold for it. For a piece of glass, as she supposed it to be, my wife thought this a considerable sum. I came home whilst they were talking at the door. My wife stopped me to ask if I would sell the piece of glass for twenty pieces of gold. I did not give an immediate answer; and the Jewess, thinking my silence arose from contempt of the sum, said : “Neighbour, I will give you fifty pieces for it, will that satisfy you?' As I saw the Jewess so quickly raised the sum from twenty to fifty pieces, I told her she was far below the price I expected for it.

Neighbour,' replied she, take a hundred pieces of gold; it is a great deal of money—I do not know if my husband would approve of my offering so much.'

At this new rise, I told her I would have a hundred

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thousand pieces of gold for it; that I knew the diamond was worth more, but to please her and her husband, who were our neighbours, I would be contented with this sum, and that if they refused it, other jewellers would give me more. The Jewess repeatedly offered as far as fifty thousand pieces of gold, which I refused.

'I dare not,' said she, "offer more without my husband's leave! I shall take it as a favour if you will wait till he has spoken to you, and seen the diamond.'

This I promised.

At night, when the Jew came home, he asked to see the diamond. I desired him to come in, and shewed it him. He took it, and after having examined it a long time : Well, neighbour,' said he, my wife tells me she has offered you fifty thousand pieces of gold; I offer you twenty thousand more.'

"Neighbour,' returned I, 'your wife might have told you that the price I have set upon it is a hundred thousand.'

He bargained a long time, but could not get me to make any abatement, and at last the bargain was concluded at my own price.

The next day the Jew brought me the hundred thousand pieces of gold, and I delivered up the diamond.

The sale being thus concluded, I became rich. I returned thanks to Heaven, and should have gone to throw myself at the feet of the two friends, had I known where they lived.

I thought afterwards of the proper use I ought to make of the money. My wife wished me to buy handsome clothes, to purchase a house, and furnish it. Wife,' said I, “it is not with these expenses that we ought to begin. We must proceed in such a way

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