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a cail : that they had never been broke to the rein; but had an hundred vicious tricks; and that we had but one saddle and pillion in the whole house. All these objections however were over-ruled; so that I was obliged to comply. The next morning I perceived them not a little busy in collecting such materials as might be necessary for the expedition ; but as I found it would be a business of time, I walked on to the church before, and they promised speedily to follow. I waited near an hour in the reading desk for their arrival; but not finding them come as expected, I was obliged to begin, and went through the service, not without fome uncasiness at finding them absent. This was encreased when all was finished, and no appearance of the family. I therefore walked back by the horse.way, which was five miles round, though the foot-way was but two, and when got about half way home, perceived the procession marching slowly forward towards the church; my son, my wife, and the two little ones
exalted upon one horse, and my two daughters upon the other. I demanded the cause of their delay; but I foon found by their looks they had met with a thousand misfortunes on the road. The horses had at first refused to move from the door, till Mr. Burchell was kind enough to beat them forward for about two hundred yards with his cudgel. Next the straps of my wife's pillion broke down, and they were obliged to stop to repair them before they could proceed. After that one of the horses took it into his head to stand still, and neither blows nor entreaties could prevail with him to proceed. It was just recovering from this dismal situation that I found them; but perceiving every thing safe, I own their present mortification did not much displease me, as it would give me many opportunities of future triumph, and teach my daughters more humility.
CH A P. XI.
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the next day, we were invited to burn nuts and play tricks at neighbour Flamborough's. Our late mortitications had humbled us a little, or it is probable we might have rejected such an invitation : with contempt: However, we suffered. our.e ves to be happy. Our honeft neighbour's goose and dumplings were fine, and the lamb’s-wool, even in the opinion of my wife, who was a connoisseur, was; excellent. It is true, his manner of telling stories was not quite so well. They were very long, and very duil, and all about himself, and we had laughed at them ten times before : however, we were kind enough to laugh at them once more.. E 6
Mr. Burchell, who was of the party, was always fond of seeing some innocent amusement going forward, and set the boys and girls to blind-man's buff. My wife too was persuaded to join in the diversion, and it gave me pleasure to think she was not yet too old. In the mean time, my neighbour and I looked on, laughed at every feat, and praised our own dexterity when we were young. Hot cockles succeeded next, questions and commands followed that, and last of all, they fate down to hunt the Ripper. As every person may not be acquainted with this primæval pastime, it may be necessary to observe, that the company at this play plant themfelves in a ring upon the ground, all, except one who ftands in the middle, whose business it is to catch a Thoe, which the company shove about under their hams from one to another, something like a weaver's shuttle. As it is impoflible, in this case, for the lady who is up to face all the company at once, the great beauty of the play lies in hitting her a thump