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sation was too diffuse for Saturday night. This she perceived much more readily, when she herself ceased to be the chief speaker. After a decent pause, she explained her doubts to her brother, with an emphatic nasal twang, whether he had yet proceeded in the Assembly of Divines' Catechism,[1] as far as "Effectual Calling;" adding, that long before she had reached his age, she was able to repeat the whole, with the proofs, and ask herself the questions, into the bargain.

"I wonder," he replied, "who had not rudder ax demselves questions, dan hab any body else. Den if you can't answer em, no matter; no body to scold 'bout it."

The ringing of the bell, which on Saturday night, like the old Norman curfew, was always at eight o clock, reminded them that much time had been spent, and until nine, the stated hour for retiring, each seemed absorbed in their respective studies.

  1. This might refer to The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly of Divines which was first published in 1647.