1 Frankenstein is modest; an excellent quality in a young man.
2 Soon after this the young man returned, bearing on his shoulders a load of wood.
3 The young woman arranged the cottage and prepared the food, and the youth departed after the first meal.
4 The young man was constantly employed out of doors, and the girl in various laborious occupations within.
5 After he had been employed thus about an hour, the young woman joined him and they entered the cottage together.
6 The girl was young and of gentle demeanour, unlike what I have since found cottagers and farmhouse servants to be.
7 As she walked along, seemingly incommoded by the burden, a young man met her, whose countenance expressed a deeper despondence.
8 She afterwards continued her work, whilst the young man went into the garden and appeared busily employed in digging and pulling up roots.
9 The pretty Miss Mansfield has already received the congratulatory visits on her approaching marriage with a young Englishman, John Melbourne, Esq.
10 The young woman was again occupied in arranging the cottage, the old man walked before the cottage in the sun for a few minutes, leaning on the arm of the youth.
11 Some years ago he loved a young Russian lady of moderate fortune, and having amassed a considerable sum in prize-money, the father of the girl consented to the match.
12 Presently I saw the young man again, with some tools in his hand, cross the field behind the cottage; and the girl was also busied, sometimes in the house and sometimes in the yard.
13 In the evening the young girl and her companion were employed in various occupations which I did not understand; and the old man again took up the instrument which produced the divine sounds that had enchanted me in the morning.
14 I ate my breakfast with pleasure and was about to remove a plank to procure myself a little water when I heard a step, and looking through a small chink, I beheld a young creature, with a pail on her head, passing before my hovel.
15 I remember the first time I became capable of observing outward objects with any kind of pleasure, I perceived that the fallen leaves had disappeared and that the young buds were shooting forth from the trees that shaded my window.
16 The young girl was occupied in arranging the cottage; but presently she took something out of a drawer, which employed her hands, and she sat down beside the old man, who, taking up an instrument, began to play and to produce sounds sweeter than the voice of the thrush or the nightingale.
17 He had already bought a farm with his money, on which he had designed to pass the remainder of his life; but he bestowed the whole on his rival, together with the remains of his prize-money to purchase stock, and then himself solicited the young woman's father to consent to her marriage with her lover.
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