by Mary Martha Sherwood
This is one of Mrs. Sherwood's Moral and family tales, fervently religious and moral short stories written for children, in which their own innate sinfulness is emphasised, as well as the dire consequences which will befall them if they slip from the path of rigorous Christian virtue. The Tales sold in large numbers, and were extremely popular (among well-meaning adults) as Sunday school prizes and Sunday reading in God-fearing households.
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When the proud, unpleasant, selfish and snobbish Alfred Seymour is rescued from the river by humble Harry Marson, whom he has previously patronised and bullied, the results are two-fold. Harry, having been brought up at the Seymours' house, becomes butler to Alfred (though we are told he was "more like a brother"), while Alfred is transformed:
God did use all those sufferings for his good; and from that day he was even more loved by the people about him than he had been hated before it.
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