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it was not without a few tears, that the children took leave of their kind uncle and aunt, and of their little cousins. Neither were they suffered to depart, without a pressing invitation to visit Seaview again the following summer. So much were Frank and Agnes esteemed for their good behaviour, that they had a large collection of books, toys, and other gifts from their friends; together with the feathered Captain, and a basket of flower-roots and seeds, which the gardener had collected for Frank's garden the next spring: a plain proof that he had conducted himself with propriety in the gardens at Seaview.
As they drove along, Frank observed what a change appeared in the country, since their former journey: the corn-fields
were stripped of their beautiful crops, and nothing left but the stubble. The wild flowers on the banks were all decayed, and in their place appeared the berries of the wild rose, and of the hawthorn. The bramble-hushes were covered with dark purple fruit; and the deadly nightshade showed its scarlet-coloured, but poisonous fruit, amongst the half-withered leaves and stalks. · Clusters of nuts hung on the hazel-trees; and the red-cheeked crab appeared more tempting to the sight than agreeable to the taste, as Frank experienced, on gathering some, when walking up a hill. His papa told him that the country 'people use them to make a liquor called verjuice, which they substitute for vinegar.
The orchards they passed were loaded with apples and pears; and Frank thought they looked more beautiful now than a few months before, when crowned with their blossoms. “This should teach you, Frank,” said Mrs. Vernon, “ that every season of the year has its pleasures and varieties, and even each month has something new to recommend it to our notice."
When the children came in view of their own home, their joy was unbounded; and soon they visited each well-known place, paid a visit to every room, and examined every book and toy which they had left. They flew to the garden, where Frank's old friend William appeared, delighted to see him, and led the way to the little garden, where he had cultivated some autumnal flowers, to gratify him on his return home. In the place of his peas, beans, and potatoes, he saw convolvoluses, China asters, ice-plants, mignion
THE JUVEN ette, &c. Frank gave the seeds and roots from Seaview into his charge; and also a present, which he had been allowed to purchase for him on his journey.
They paid a visit to the rabbit-house, and found all well there; and Agnes, descried her Bantam hen, followed by a brood of chickens. On returning to the house, the children arranged their new books and toys. Frank hung Captain's cage in a window in the shool-room; and Mrs. Vernon told them, that if the bird took their attention from their lessons, she should order it to be removed to another room; but her pupils promised fair, and she consented to its remaining.
The next day saw the children seated in the school-room, at their lessons; and not till they were over, did Frank lift his eyes to the cage. His papa gave him a
book, in which he desired him to write a little history of his journey; and, with some instruction at the beginning, he went on pretty well, and wrote a page or two every day. He went with his sister to the flower-garden, where they found all the flowers of the season which they had seen at Seaview. The periwinkles and winter cherries covered the ground, and the everlasting peas twined round many of the shrubs: a variety of the asters called Michaelmas daisies, eternal flowers, and mignionette, filled up the vacancies left by the flowers of summer. The kitchen-garden began to look dreary: the fruit-trees were half clothed with brown and yellow leaves, the gooseberry and currant-bushes showed only their leafless branches, the vegetables had lef