The jocose talk of hay-makers is best at a distance; like those clumsy bells round the cows' necks, it has rather a coarse sound when it comes close
, and may even grate on your ears painfully; but heard from far off, it mingles very prettily with the other joyous sounds of nature.
The cultivated ground, with its beautiful productions, interspersed with cottages, comes close
down to the water's edge.
This inalienable habit of saving, as an end in itself, belonged to the industrious men of business of a former generation, who made their fortunes slowly, almost as the tracking of the fox belongs to the harrier,--it constituted them a "race," which is nearly lost in these days of rapid money-getting, when lavishness comes close
on the back of want.