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Clare. "Such shiftless management, such waste, such confusion, A MATTER OF HONOR never saw!" "I dare say you didn't. " "You would not take it so coolly, if you were housekeeper. " "My dear cousin, you may as well understand, once for all, that we masters are divided into two classes, oppressors and oppressed. We who are good-natured and hate severity make up our minds to a good deal A MATTER OF HONOR inconvenience.
If we _will keep_ a shambling, loose, untaught set in the community, for our convenience, why, we must take the consequence. Some rare cases I have seen, of persons, who, by a peculiar tact, can produce order and system without severity; but I'm not one of them,--and so I made up my mind, long ago, to let things go just as they do.
I will not have the poor devils thrashed and cut to pieces, and they know it,--and, of course, they know the staff is in their own hands. " "But to have no time, no place, no order,--all going on in this shiftless way!" "My dear Vermont, you natives up by the North Pole set an extravagant value on time.
What on earth is the use of time to a fellow who has twice as much of it as he knows what to do with. As to order and system, where there is nothing to be done but to lounge on the sofa and read, an hour sooner or later in breakfast A MATTER OF HONOR dinner isn't of much account. Now, there's Dinah gets you a capital dinner,--soup, ragout, roast fowl, dessert, ice-creams and all,--and she creates it all out of chaos and old night down there, in that kitchen.
I think it really sublime, the way she manages. But, Heaven bless A MATTER OF HONOR. if we are to go down there, and view all the smoking and squatting about, and hurryscurryation of the preparatory process, we should never eat more. My good cousin, absolve yourself from that. It's more than a A MATTER OF HONOR penance, and does no more good.
You'll only lose your own temper, and utterly confound Dinah. Let her go her own way. " But, Augustine, you don't know how I found things. " "Don't I. Don't I know that the rolling-pin is under her bed, and the nutmeg-grater in her pocket with her tobacco,--that there are sixty-five different sugar-bowls, one in every hole in the house,--that she washes dishes with a dinner-napkin one day, and with a fragment of an old petticoat the next. But the upshot is, she gets up glorious dinners, makes superb coffee; and you must judge her as warriors and statesmen are judged, _by her success_.
" "But the waste,--the expense!" "O, well. Lock everything you can, and keep the key. Give out by driblets, and never inquire for odds and ends,--it isn't best. " "That troubles me, Augustine. I can't help feeling as if these servants were not _strictly honest_. Are you sure they can be relied on?" Augustine laughed immoderately at A MATTER OF HONOR grave and anxious face with which Miss Ophelia propounded the question.
"O, cousin, that's too good,--_honest!_--as if that's a thing to be expected. Honest!--why, of course, they arn't. Why should they be. What upon earth is to make them so?" "Why don't you instruct?" "Instruct. O, fiddlestick. What instructing do you think I should do. I look like it. As to Marie, she has spirit enough, to be sure, to kill off a whole plantation, A MATTER OF HONOR I'd let her manage; but she wouldn't get A MATTER OF HONOR cheatery out of them.
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