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´╗┐Title: Goody Two Shoes
Author: Anonymous
Language: English
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By Anonymous

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T will be readily understood by our young readers, that the real name of
the little girl who is the heroine of this story was not Goody Two
Shoes, but Margery Meanwell. Her father, Mr. Meanwell, was for many
years a very respectable farmer in the parish of Mouldwell, where
Margery was born; but misfortunes, and the cruel persecutions of Sir
Timothy Gripe, his landlord, and the rich Farmer Graspall, ruined this
worthy man, and was the source of all poor Margery's troubles.

[Illustration: 8003]

Farmer Meanwell died soon after of a broken heart, and his poor wife,
unable to struggle with misfortunes, only survived him a few days,
leaving their unfortunate offspring, Margery and Tommy, friendless
orphans in an unpitying world.

The loss of their parents seemed to endear these orphans more to each
other, and they were continually see strolling hand and hand about the
village, as if they were afraid of being separated.

They had relations--but as they were rich, they took no notice of
these poor children; being ashamed to own such a little ragged girl as
Margery, and such a dirty curly-headed boy as Tommy.

Mr Smith, the clergyman of the parish where Margery and Tommy were born,
was a very worthy man, and being at this time visited by a rich and
charitable friend, he told him the story of the poor orphans. The
stranger gave Mr. Smith money to buy some clothes for Margery, and said
that he would make Tommy a little sailor. Tommy was happy to hear this,
and next day the gentleman bought him a jacket and trowsers, of which he
was very proud. Margery could never give over admiring Tommy in his new
dress; but her happiness met with a severe check, for the gentleman was
to return to London in a few days, and to take Tommy along with him.

The parting of these children was very affecting; poor Margery's eyes
were red with crying, and her cheeks pale with grief, while little
Tommy, by way of consolation, said he would never forget his dear
sister, and kissed her a hundred times over. As Tommy left his sister,
he wiped her eyes with the corner of his jacket, and promised to return,
and bring her fine things from abroad.

When Margery found that Tommy did not come back, she cried all day
until she went to bed, and next morning she went round every one in
the village, weeping and lamenting that her brother Tommy was gone.
Fortunately, while she was in this distress, the shoemaker came with
a pair of new shoes, which the gentleman had ordered for her, and it
being so long since little Margery wore a pair of shoes, her attention
was so engaged as to give a new turn to her thoughts. Nothing but
the pleasure of examining her two shoes could have put a stop to the
violence of her grief. She immediately put on the shoes, and then went
to let Mrs. Smith see them. It was with delight that little Margery
exhibited them to her benefactress, saying, "Two shoes, ma'am! see, two
shoes!" She then went through the whole village to show her new shoes,
addressing them in the same way, until she got the name of "Little Two
Shoes," but, being a very good child, they usually called her "Little
Goody Two Shoes," and she never entirely lost that name.

Poor Margery was destitute of friends; but, although very young,
she contrived to meet the children as they returned from school, and
prevailed on one of them to learn her the alphabet. She used to borrow
their books, and sit down and read till they came from dinner. It was by
these means that she soon acquired more learning than her playmates at
school, and in a short time she formed a little plan for instructing
children who had not yet learned to read.

She found that there were twenty-six letters in the alphabet, and every
word spelled with them; but as these letters might be either large or
small, she cut, out of little pieces of wood, ten sets of the alphabet
in small letters, and ten of the large, or capitals. With the assistance
of an old spelling-book, she made her companions arrange the words they
wanted to spell out of her wooden alphabets, and then showed them how
to make sentences. When they wished to play at this game, she placed
the children around her, and gave them a word to spell. If the word was
plum-pudding, the first brought the letter _p_, the second _i_, the
third _u_, the fourth _m_, and so on, till the whole was completed.

By this method, in a short time Margery gained such great credit among
the parents of the children that they were all happy when she appeared
with the basket of letters in her hand, which proved a source of
amusement as well as instruction, and she at last had a regular set of

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Margery usually left home at seven o clock in the morning, and the first
house she called at was Farmer Wilson's.

Mrs. Wilson always received her with pleasure, saying, "O Little Goody,
I am glad to see you--Billy has learned his lesson." The little boy was
equally happy to see her; and after giving him his lesson, she went to
Farmer Simpson's. A dog used to bark at her when she first went to that
house, but he soon learned to know her, "Come in Margery," said Mrs
Simpson, "Sally wants you very much, for she has learned her lesson."
Little Sally began her lesson by placing the syllables of two letters,
which she did very correctly, and pronounced them as Goody Two Shoes had
taught her.

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Some time after, as Little Goody was returning from her pupils rather
later than usual, she was overtaken by a violent storm of thunder and
lightning; but she took refuge in a farmer's barn, and lay down among
some straw at the farther end. She had not remained long, before four
robbers also sought shelter from the storm in the same place, and not
observing Little Goody, who was at some distance, they began to arrange
their future plans of depredation.

Among other schemes of villany, they formed the resolution of breaking
into the houses of Sir William Dove and Sir Timothy Gripe on the night
following, and to plunder them of all their money, plate, and jewels.

During their conversation, Little Goody listened with great attention;
but the tempest being over, the robbers left the barn without
discovering that they had been overheard, When she thought they were
fairly gone, Goody made the best of her way home; and, rising early next
morning, went to Sir William Dove, and told him all she had heard. The
knight asked her name, and then giving her some money, desired her to
call on him next day. Goody next proceeded to Sir Timothy Gripe's, and
sent in her name by the servant; but, as he refused to see her, she,
with some difficulty, got admittance to Lady Gripe, and related what she
had heard in the barn. This lady was a very sensible woman, and did not
despise the information; but secretly engaged people to guard the house;
and when the robbers came in two parties to attack both houses, they
were all taken and sent to jail.

Sir William Dove, who was grateful for the service Little Goody had done
him, said she should no longer sleep in a barn, as he would try to get
some proper situation for her; but the wicked Sir Timothy was vexed that
his life had been saved by her means, and never rewarded or thanked her.

The most respectable school in that neighbourhood was conducted by a
Mrs. Williams, a very good lady; but old age induced her to resign the
situation, when Sir William Dove getting notice of, sent for her, and
recommended Little Goody as a person worthy to succeed her. As Mrs.
Williams already knew that Margery had a good heart, she found on
examination, her head to be equally so; and being every way qualified
for the place, Margery was, at the old lady's request, appointed to
succeed her.

She was now no longer called _Margery_ or _Goody Two Shoes_, but only
known by the name of _Mrs. Margery._

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Margery had a very feeling heart, and could not endure to see even a
dumb animal used with cruelty, without trying to prevent it. As she was
one day walking through the village, her attention was drawn to some
boys, who were tying a poor raven, which they had caught, to a post,
on purpose to amuse themselves with the cruel diversion of shying, or
throwing a stick at it. Margery, to get the raven, gave them a penny,
and brought it home with her. She called the raven Ralph; taught him to
speak and spell; and as he was fond of playing with the capital letters,
the children called them Ralph's alphabet.

Shortly after, when rambling in the fields, she saw two boys torturing
a beautiful dove by allowing it to fly a little way, and then pulling
it back again, with a string which was tied to its foot. Margery rescued
this bird for a mere trifle, and carried it with her. She also learned
the dove to spell with her letters, besides many other curious things;
and being very useful in carrying letters, she called him Tom. It is a
curious fact, that Tom showed as great a liking to the small letters
as Ralph had for the large, and the scholars used to give them the
appellation of "Tom's alphabet."

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Another useful assistant of Mrs. Margery's was a fine skylark, which
some of the neighbours made her a present of. As some children are very
fond of lying in bed too long in the morning, she sent this pretty bird,
which sung sweetly at their window, and taught them when to rise.

A poor little lamb, which had lost its dam, was about to be killed by
the butcher, when Margery making a bargain with him for it, took it heme
and called it Will. He taught the children when to go to bed, and being
very gentle, was a great favourite; but he only carried home the satchel
of those who behaved best and brought it again in the morning. She also
got a present of a little dog, called Jumper, which was very sagacious,
and might have been termed Porter of the School, for he never allowed
any unknown person to enter.

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Shortly after, little Jumper gave a wonderful proof of his sagacity.
The children had just finished their lessons, when the dog ran in, and
seizing Margery's apron, tried to pull her out of the schoolroom.

She allowed the dog to drag her out to the garden, and he returned
and brought out one of the children in the same manner; upon which Mrs
Margery called them all into the garden. This saved all their lives, for
in less than five minutes after, the roof of the house fell in.

This was a great loss to Mrs. Margery, who had no place to teach in; but
Sir William Dove caused another school to be built at his own expense,
and she got the use of Farmer Grove's hall till it was ready, which
was in the centre of the village. While there she learned the farmer's
servants and neighbours to read and write, and by degrees became so
esteemed in the parish, that almost every one consulted her, and many
serious disputes where settled by her advice.

Mrs. Margery, who was always doing good, contrived an instrument to tell
when the weather was to continue favourable or unfavourable; by which
means she told the farmers when to mow the arrass and gather in the
hay with safety. Several persons, who suffered in their crops by not
consulting Margery, were so angry at their losses, that they accused her
of being a witch and sent Gaffer Goosecap, a silly old meddling fool, to
obtain evidence against her.

This old fellow entered the school as Margery was walking about, having
the raven on one shoulder, the pigeon on the other, the lark on her
hand, and the lamb and dog at her side, and he was so frightened, that
he cried. "A witch! a witch!"

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Although this accusation met with the contempt it deserved, yet one of
the magistrates was silly enough to believe the slander, and asked,
who could give her a character. Margery inquired if any one there could
speak against it, and told them, that she had many friends both able and
willing to defend her; but she could not think of troubling them on such
a silly business, for if she was a witch, she would show them her charm.
She then took out her weather-glass, and placed it upon the table.

Sir Charles Jones, who was present on this occasion, was so delighted
with her conduct, that he offered her a handsome annuity to superintend
his family and the education of his daughter. This she refused at first,
but Sir Charles being seized with a severe illness, and again entreating
her, she at last consented. In this situation, she conducted herself
with so much propriety, and behaved so tenderly to his daughter, that
on his recovery, when she proposed to leave him, he made her an offer
of Lis hand. Margery knew the real value of the worthy baronet, and
esteemed him as he deserved: therefore, after he had amply provided for
his daughter she consented to become Lady Jones.

Margery exclaimed, smiling, "A conjurer! a conjurer!" and he ran off;
but soon after a warrant was issued against her, and she was carried
before a meeting of the justices, followed by all the neighbours.

When this circumstance! was understood in the neighbourhood, it diffused
a general joy throughout the village, where Margery was greatly beloved,
and brought crowds to witness the marriage. The clergyman was proceeding
with the ceremony, when a young gentleman, handsomely dressed, came
running into the church, and requested that the ceremony, might, be
stopped until he had a conversation with the bride. The whole assembly
were astonished at his request, particularly the bride and bridegroom,
who stood motionless, without having power to return an answer to the
stranger. However, the gentleman.'oming forward, discovered himself to
be Tommy, her brother, and she fainted away in his arms.

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Tommy Meanwell had just landed from abroad, where he had made a great
fortune, which he intended to share with his dear sister, when he heard
of her intended marriage, and posted to be present on the occasion.
After mutual congratulations, this happy pair were united, and lived
happily together many years, doing all the good in their power.

In the course of time, both Sir Timothy and Farmer Graspall were so
reduced as to be supported by the charity of Lady Jones, who delighted
in relieving the indigent, rewarding the industrious, and instructing
the children in the neighbourhood.

Having lived to an advanced age in the constant practice of virtue, and
having made some liberal bequests in favour of her fellow-creatures, her
spirit returned to God who gave it, leaving all who knew her to mourn
her departure.


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