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62
FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
education is the great fashioner of human cha­racter, and we are bound to act accordingly.
If this then be true,—if education forms indi­vidual character,—it is important for every pa­rent to inquire himself, and with special refe­rence to his own children, at what period of life it operates with most force, and what are its most efficient engines.
THE BASIS OF CHARACTER IS USUALLY LAID IN EARLY LIFE.
It is obvious that the faculties of man, com­mencing at birth, proceed in their development through several stages, before they reach matu­rity. These are usually denominated infancy, childhood, and youth. We may consider these as embracing the first seventeen years of life, and remark that during this period the foundation of the physical, mental, and moral character is usually laid. This fact arises from the suscep­tibility of our nature during this portion of our existence. We are then like plaster, prepared by the moulder, soft and impressible, taking forms and images from every thing we may chance to touch. But as this plaster soon grows hard, and retains ever after the traces made upon it, so the impressions made upon youth
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