After these tiresome labors
, she must do her lessons, which was a daily trial of every virtue she possessed.
But they were not in a situation to suffer their thoughts to dwell on the charms of natural objects; and, as the scout had not found it necessary to cease his culinary labors
while he spoke, unless to point out, with a broken fork, the direction of some particularly obnoxious point in the rebellious stream, they now suffered their attention to be drawn to the necessary though more vulgar consideration of their supper.
Happily, their father, completely absorbed in a practical, scientific, and approving contemplation of the topography and material resources of the scene of his future labors
, had no time to notice their defection.
He assisted the farmers occasionally in the lighter labors
of their farms, helped to make hay, mended the fences, took the horses to water, drove the cows from pasture, and cut wood for the winter fire.
Bildad laid down his book, and turning solemnly towards him said, Captain Peleg, thou hast a generous heart; but thou must consider the duty thou owest to the other owners of this ship-- widows and orphans, many of them --and that if we too abundantly reward the labors
of this young man, we may be taking the bread from those widows and those orphans.
Yes; and many is the time, when, after the severest uninterrupted labors
, which know no night; continuing straight through for ninety-six hours; when from the boat, where they have swelled their wrists with all day rowing on the Line, --they only step to the deck to carry vast chains, and heave the heavy windlass, and cut and slash, yea, and in their very sweatings to be smoked and burned anew by the combined fires of the equatorial sun and the equatorial try-works; when, on the heel of all this, they have finally bestirred themselves to cleanse the ship, and make a spotless dairy room of it; many is the time the poor fellows, just buttoning the necks of their clean frocks, are startled by the cry of There she blows
To you, whose lot it is to sow that others may reap, to labor
and obey, and ask no more than the wages of a beast of burden, the food and shelter to keep you alive from day to day.
But, all this time, who shall detail the tribulations manifold of our friend Miss Ophelia, who had begun the labors
of a Southern housekeeper?
Living much out of doors, in the sun and wind, will no doubt produce a certain roughness of character--will cause a thicker cuticle to grow over some of the finer qualities of our nature, as on the face and hands, or as severe manual labor
robs the hands of some of their delicacy of touch.
And these were friendly unto those, and they joined their loving labors
together, and together they built a fair great foundling asylum midway of the valley between.
My sister pined for her Spanish home all these years of exile; she was always talking of Spain to the child, and tending and nourishing the love of Spain in the little thing's heart as a precious flower; and she died happy in the knowledge that the fruitage of her patriotic labors
was as rich as even she could desire.
So he entertained Wilson with some airs and graces and attitudes for a while, then stepped out of sight and resumed the other disguise, and by and by went down and out the back way and started downtown to reconnoiter the scene of his intended labors