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Life in the clearings versus the bush by Susanna Moodie

By Susanna Moodie

In our paintings of "Roughing it within the Bush," I endeavoured to attract an image of Canadian existence, as i discovered it two decades in the past, within the Backwoods. My intent in giving this kind of depression narrative to the British public, used to be triggered by means of the wish of deterring well-educated humans, approximately to settle during this colony, from coming into upon a lifestyles for which they have been absolutely unfitted via their earlier targets and behavior.

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It might truly be termed the divine philosophy of virtue. This condescension on the part of the great Creator of the universe, ought to have been sufficient to have rendered labour honourable in the minds of his followers; and we still indulge the hope, that the moral and intellectual improvement of mankind will one day restore labour to her proper pedestal in the temple of virtue. The chosen disciples of our Great Master−−those to whom he entrusted the precious code of moral laws that was destined to overthrow the kingdom of Satan, and reform a degraded world−−were poor uneducated men.

Every house provided a feast in honour of their distinguished guest, and he was obliged to eat at all. Coming to spend a quiet evening at our house, the first words he uttered were−−"If you have any regard for me, Mrs. M−−−, pray don't ask me to eat. " I can well imagine the amount of "trouble" each good wife had taken upon herself on this great occasion. One of the most popular public exhibitions is the circus, a sort of travelling Astley's theatre, which belongs to a company in New York. This show visits all the large towns, once during the summer season.

There's my wife. " "I don't care if you dew," again turning the new ticket in his hand; and, scratching his head more earnestly, he said, "I've one of the smartest boys you ever seed; he's a fust−rate ear for music; he can whistle any tune he hears right straight off. " "Well; I'd be obliged. " The stranger left me, and I saw no more of him, until I spied him in the concert−room, with a small family of ten or twelve. Presently, another man and a dog arrived. " "I'm not a−goin' to give half−a−dollar to go in here.

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