It was partly to this vague fear that Marner was indebted for protecting him from the persecution that his singularities might have drawn upon him, but still more to the fact that, the old linen-weaver in the neighbouring parish of Tarley being dead, his handicraft made him a highly welcome settler to the richer housewives of the district, and even to the more provident cottagers
, who had their little stock of yarn at the year's end.
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.
Upon my word," he said, as they entered the cool cloisters, "I think the cottagers
have the best of it: these cloisters make a delightful dining-room on a hot day.
The party drove off in very good spirits; Sir Walter prepared with condescending bows for all the afflicted tenantry and cottagers
who might have had a hint to show themselves, and Anne walked up at the same time, in a sort of desolate tranquility, to the Lodge, where she was to spend the first week.
There are several families among the cottagers
of this county of almost equal lustre.
The hotels at Skiplake and Henley would be crammed; and we could not go round, knocking up cottagers
and householders in the middle of the night, to know if they let apartments
The rural opinion about the new young ladies, even among the cottagers
, was generally in favor of Celia, as being so amiable and innocent-looking, while Miss Brooke's large eyes seemed, like her religion, too unusual and striking.
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.
My only hope of recovering a trace of Mary was to make inquiries among the cottagers
in the neighborhood of my old home.
Then homeward all take off their sev'ral way; The youngling cottagers
retire to rest: The parent-pair their secret homage pay, And proffer up to Heaven the warm request, That He who stills the raven's clam'rous nest, And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride, Would, in the way His wisdom sees the best, For them and for their little ones provide; But, chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside.
At her own home, both at Southdown and at Trottermore Castle, this tall and awful missionary of the truth rode about the country in her barouche with outriders, launched packets of tracts among the cottagers
and tenants, and would order Gaffer Jones to be converted, as she would order Goody Hicks to take a James's powder, without appeal, resistance, or benefit of clergy.
The girl was young and of gentle demeanour, unlike what I have since found cottagers
and farmhouse servants to be.