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232             UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
Eva looked sorry and disconcerted for a moment; but children, luckily, do not keep to one impression long, and in a few moments she was merrily laughing at various things which she saw from the coach-windows, as it rat­tled along.
" Well, ladies," said St. Clare, as they were comf ably seated at the dinner-table, " and what was the bill of fare at church to-day ? "
" Oh, Dr. G------ preached a splendid sermon," said
Marie. " It was just such a sermon as you ought to hear; it expressed all my views exactly."
" It must have been very improving," said St. Clare. u The subject must have been an extensive one."
" Well, I mean all my views about society and such things," said Marie. " The text was, ' He hath made everything beautful in its season ;' and he showed how all the orders and distinctions in society came from God ; and that it was so appropriate, you know, and beautiful, that some should be high and some low, and that some were born to rule and some to serve, and all that, you know; and he applied it so wrell to all this ridiculous fuss that is made about slavery, and he proved distinctly that the Bible was on our side, and supported all our institutions so convincingly. I only wish you 'd heard him."
" Oh, I didn't need it," said St. Clare. "I can learn what does me as much good as that from the Picayune, any time, and smoke a cigar besides ; which I can't do, you know, in a church."
" Why," said Miss Ophelia, " don't you believe in these viewsi
" Who, — I ? You know I 'm such a graceless dog that these religious aspects of such subjects don't edify me much. If I was to say anything on this slavery mat­ter, I would say out, fair and square, We 're in for it; we 've got 'em and mean to keep 'em, — it's for our con­venience and our interest;' for that's the long and short