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The Little Quaker or, the Triumph of Virtue. A Tale for the Instruction of Youth   By: (1803-1885)

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"The Little Quaker or, the Triumph of Virtue" by Susanna Moodie is a fascinating and compelling tale that serves as a valuable instructional resource for young readers. Set in a picturesque Quaker community, the story revolves around the life of a young protagonist named Sarah, who exemplifies the triumph of values and principles.

Moodie's writing style is engaging and accessible, making it suitable for a wide range of readers. Through her vivid descriptions and well-developed characters, she brings the Quaker community to life, inviting readers into their world of simplicity, humility, and moral integrity.

One of the notable strengths of this book is its exploration of the importance of maintaining virtue in the face of adversity. Sarah's unwavering commitment to her Quaker beliefs in challenging circumstances serves as an inspiring example for young readers. Moodie skillfully weaves together various themes, such as faith, compassion, and perseverance, creating a narrative that resonates with readers of all ages.

Moreover, "The Little Quaker" sheds light on the Quaker way of life, teaching readers about the principles and practices of this religious community. Moodie meticulously portrays the Quakers' devotion to non-violence, equality, and simplicity, offering readers valuable insights into their beliefs and traditions.

In addition to its didactic elements, the novel also presents an engaging storyline with well-drawn characters. Sarah, the protagonist, is a relatable and endearing character whose journey of self-discovery and moral growth captivates readers from start to finish. Supporting characters, such as her fellow Quaker friends and a variety of individuals they encounter along the way, add depth and complexity to the narrative.

While the book primarily focuses on Sarah's personal growth and moral dilemmas, it also explores wider societal issues of the time. Moodie subtly incorporates themes of gender inequality, racial discrimination, and social injustice, prompting readers to reflect on these issues and their relevance in contemporary society.

Though the plot unfolds at a measured pace, it is this deliberate pacing that allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the Quaker community and the dilemmas faced by its members. While some readers may prefer a faster-paced narrative, "The Little Quaker" rewards patience with its rich depiction of Quaker life and its message of virtuous living.

In conclusion, "The Little Quaker or, the Triumph of Virtue" is a thought-provoking and morally uplifting tale that educates and entertains. Susanna Moodie's skillful storytelling and meticulous attention to detail make this book a valuable resource for young readers seeking guidance on issues of virtue and moral resilience. Delving into the Quaker world, readers will find themselves enthralled by the characters and inspired by the timeless lessons imparted.

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THE LITTLE QUAKER; OR, THE TRIUMPH OF VIRTUE.

A TALE FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF YOUTH.

Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the faults I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me. POPE.

LONDON: PRINTED FOR WILLIAM COLE, 10, NEWGATE STREET.

PRINTED BY G. H. DAVIDSON, IRELAND YARD, DOCTORS' COMMONS.

FRONTISPIECE.

[Illustration: The little Quaker remonstrating with George & William Hope for their cruelty. p. 11. ]

THE LITTLE QUAKER.

George and William Hope were the only children of a gentleman of fortune, who lived in a fine house at the entrance of a pretty village in Berkshire.

It was this worthy gentleman's misfortune to be the father of two very perverse and disobedient sons; who, instead of trying to please him by dutiful and obliging conduct, grieved him continually by their unworthy behaviour, and then were so wicked as to laugh at the lessons of morality their parent set before them.

When they returned from school to spend the holydays, they neglected their studies to roam about the streets with low company; from whom they learned profane language, vulgar amusements, and cruelty to animals; but such conduct, as may well be supposed, did not conduce to their happiness... Continue reading book >>




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