A close family who has found themselves stranded on an
island after a shipwreck - By J. D. Wyss

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A VISITOR                                 285
worn while alone, had been ashamed at first to say she was a girl; but the boys declared that nothing pleased them better than to have a new sister, and that this change would not lower Emily at all in their esteem.
The next morning it was a a comic sight to see the embarrassment and awkwardness with which they approached one whom they had the day be­fore greeted as a comrade. As for Emily, she was very much astonished at the discovery the young men had made, and she retreated to my wife; but a moment after, recovering herself, she advanced, and extending her hand to each of the boys, grace­fully demanded for the sister the friendship they had extended to the brother. This amiable frank­ness dissipated the embarrassment of my three sons ; they assured the young girl of their fraternal regard, and begged that they might consider her as a sister. Gaiety was re-established, and we sat down to breakfast, which was composed of fruits, cold meat, and chocolate of our own making—a great treat to my new daughter. Shortly after breakfast she retired with my wife, who lent her some of her own garments, so that she need no longer feel the embarrassment of her clothes.
Then I proposed we should go back to the
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