The incidents which make up the story are introduced to illustrate the moral status of the youth, at the beginning, and to develop the influences from which proceeded a gentle and Christian character. Mollie, the captain's daughter, whose simple purity of life, whose filial devotion to an erring parent, and whose trusting faith in the hour of adversity, won the love and respect of Noddy, was not the least of these influences. If the writer has not "moralized," it was because the true life, seen with the living eye, is better than any precept, however skillfully it may be dressed by the rhetorical genius of the moralist.
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"I shall have the credit of setting that fire," added Noddy, not a little disturbed by the anticipation.
"No, you won't."
"Yes, I shall. I told Ben I wished the boat-house would catch afire and burn up. Of course he will lay it to me."
"No matter if he does; Ben isn't everybody."
"Well, he is 'most everybody, so far as Miss Bertha is concerned; and I'd rather tumbled overboard in December than have that fire happen just now."
"You were not there when the fire broke out," said Fanny, with a strong effort to satisfy her boatman.
"That's the very reason why they will lay it to me. They will say I set the boat-house afire, and then ran away on purpose."
"I can say you were with me when the fire broke out, and that I know you didn't do it," replied Fanny.
"That will do; but I would give all my old shoes to know how the fire took, myself."
"No matter how it took."
"Yes, it is matter, Miss Fanny. I want to know. There wasn