1. It was a bright spring day, and Charles and Ellen were going with their father to a beautiful garden that belonged to a neighboring gentlemen.
2. While their father was in the next room getting ready, the two children were together in the sitting room. Charles, who was delighted at the thought of the walk, jumped about, and carelessly knocked off, with his stick, a delicate little flower that his father prized very highly.
3. "Oh, what a pity!", said Ellen, as she picked up the flower from the floor. She was still holding it in her hand when her father came into the room.
4. "Why, what have you done, Ellen?", said he with a displeased countenance; "plucked the flower which you knew I was taking the greatest pains to rear, in order to get seed from it!"
5. "Oh dear father," said Ellen, while she took him by the hand, "don't be angry!"
6. "Angry!" said her father; "That I am not; but to prevent the like happening in the garden that we are going to visit, where the flowers are not our own, I shall leave you at home; for I cannot venture to take you with me."
7. Ellen cast down her eyes and said nothing, but Charles could hold out no longer. He went up to hi father, the big tears filling his eyes, and said, "It was not sister Ellen, father, but I who broke off the flower. I must be the one to stay home; and sister Ellen must go with you."
8. The father, who was quite touched at seeing the good disposition of his children, and their love for each other, took them both in his arms, kissed them, and said, " You are both my dear good children, and shall both go to the garden.
9. " The flower would not have given me half so much pleasure as the hope does that you will always love each other, and be good and true when you have grown up." The children now jumped about for joy, and capered off to the garden.
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Find each element in a combination and pronounce its appropriate sound.
What may you learn from the conduct of the children?