Charles Duran eBook

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blind! I saw a little boy once have the sulks so badly that when his mother sent him into his room to get his apron, before sitting down to dinner, he could not find it, though it was in plain sight!  Before he was two years old, Charles showed a very bad disposition.  This, instead of being corrected, was fostered by the training which he received.  To the domestics in the family he was insolent and unkind; and even to his parents, "I will" and "I won’t" were said with fearful frequency.  Still the doting parents would merely say to him, “You should not do so, Charles!  You should say, ’I don’t want to,’ or, ‘I do want to,’” as the case might be.  Thus they indirectly taught him disobedience, which he was learning fast enough without such assistance.  In this way did these parents, with cruel kindness, help on the ruin of their child!

Charles Duran, with all his faults, was a bright, active boy.  What he needed was training,—­parental training.  His parents committed two very common errors:  they promised him correction for his disobedience, without inflicting the punishment; and they often repeated his sayings, and spoke of his doings, to others, in his presence.  Parents should always keep good faith with their children; and, while they encourage them, when they are alone, by suitable and well-timed praise, they should rarely repeat what they have said, or speak of what they have done, to others, in their presence.  This is injurious to the child, betrays vanity in the parents, and is not very edifying to others.  The singing of a young raven may be music to its parents, but to us it is like the cawing of a crow.

CHAPTER IV.

CHARLES DURAN AT SCHOOL.

Charles was now old enough to go to school.  He was accordingly sent to the district school, not far from his father’s house.  Teachers say that they can tell whether children are good and obedient at home by their conduct in school.  Those children who mind their parents will generally obey their teachers; and those scholars that are obedient generally learn well.

How was it with Charles Duran at school?  Did he obey his teacher?  At first, as all things in the school were new and strange to him, he was somewhat restrained.  He soon, however, became acquainted with his teacher and the scholars, and as soon learned to break the rules of the school.  He became disrespectful to his teacher, and caused him much trouble.

Charles was also very inattentive to his books.  The teacher did the best he could to make him learn; but his lessons were never more than half learned, and the greater part of the time they were not studied at all:  and, though naturally he was a bright, smart boy, he seemed determined to grow up a blockhead.

The next thing I notice in the school history of this boy is the unkindness which he showed his school-fellows.  If he played with them, he was quite sure to get offended before the play was through.  He was surly, self-willed, and disposed always to have his own way in everything.

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