Our Children

Our Children
Scenes from the Country and the Town

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Our Children by Anatole France

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Scenes from the Country and the Town

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Fanny -- The Fancy Dress Party -- The School -- Mary -- Pan-Pipes -- Roger's Stable -- Courage -- Catherine's Day -- The Little Sea Dogs

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n arithmetic to her little pupils. She says to Rose Benoit: "Rose Benoit, if I take four from a dozen how many have I left?"

"Four!" replies Rose Benoit. Miss Genseigne is not quite satisfied with this answer.

"And you, Emmeline Capel, if I take four from a dozen how many have I left?"

"Eight," replies Emmeline Capel.

[Illustration: ALL MISS GISSING'S SCHOLARS ARE WELL-BEHAVED AND DILIGENT. THERE IS NOTHING SO PLEASANT AS TO SEE THEM, WITH THEIR LITTLE STIFF BODIES AND THEIR HEADS SO ERECT.

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"You hear, Rose Benoit? I have eight left," adds Miss Genseigne.

Rose Benoit lapses into a deep revery. She hears Miss Genseigne say she has eight left, but whether it is eight hats or handkerchiefs, or for that matter eight apples or pens she does not know. The thing worries her for quite a long while. She understands very little about arithmetic.

On the other hand she is very well up in sacred history. Miss Genseigne has not a single scho

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