She had better do the old countrywoman: the Cottager
's wife; you had, indeed, Julia.
and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day.
You have not: A cottager
, I mark'd a throne Of half the world as all my own, And murmur'd at such lowly lot - But, just like any other dream, Upon the vapour of the dew My own had past, did not the beam Of beauty which did while it thro' The minute - the hour - the day - oppress My mind with double loveliness.
There were besides, the cottager
and his wife, and three young sturdy children, brown as berries.
The woman was very wholesome-looking, a likely woman, a cottager
's wife, but she had very good clothes and linen, and everything well about her; and with a heavy heart and many a tear, I let her have my child.
Again the bugle sounds lustily forth, and rouses the cottager
's wife and children, who peep out at the house door, and watch the coach till it turns the corner, when they once more crouch round the blazing fire, and throw on another log of wood against father comes home; while father himself, a full mile off, has just exchanged a friendly nod with the coachman, and turned round to take a good long stare at the vehicle as it whirls away.
The girl was young and of gentle demeanour, unlike what I have since found cottagers
and farmhouse servants to be.
Often, when they had no more agreeable occupation at hand, the Misses Murray would amuse themselves with visiting the poor cottagers
on their father's estate, to receive their flattering homage, or to hear the old stories or gossiping news of the garrulous old women; or, perhaps, to enjoy the purer pleasure of making the poor people happy with their cheering presence and their occasional gifts, so easily bestowed, so thankfully received.
There were only three hiding-places where he had ever heard of cottagers
' hoards being found: the thatch, the bed, and a hole in the floor.
On her way to her work she passed two of the cottagers
' children in the neighborhood at play in the park.
Upon these, and the like reasonings, their opinion is, that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and therefore they have in every town public nurseries, where all parents, except cottagers
and labourers, are obliged to send their infants of both sexes to be reared and educated, when they come to the age of twenty moons, at which time they are supposed to have some rudiments of docility.
There are several families among the cottagers
of this county of almost equal lustre.