As a result of the crocodile-smuggling incident Mary Ann is earnestly trying to instil the virtuous thirst of doing good in the block twins. She has decided to point out some salutary morals found in Samplers. This one was stitched at the Mountmellick Quaker School in 1828, by a relative of the QH human. The motto is adapted from a play written by Hannah More, an 18th century bluestocking.
Click here for the Wiki entry on Hannah More, a very interesting and forward-thinking lady who lived in England in the 1700’s.
Mary Ann aspires to sweet domesticity, polished by softness and warmed by virtue.
And here is another reference to virtue – a useful guide to follow when trying to avoid the sting of woe!
The block twins don’t feel any stings of woe and their passions are not yet corrected, nor subdu’d. In fact they rather thought that the crocodile-rescue WAS virtuous!
After being abandoned by the twins, Mary Ann felt a bit crestfallen. But in her personal search for goodness, she wants to study the motto on this sampler, which was stitched by a relative of the QH’s favourite photographer.
Meanwhile Rose is sorting through the darning wool, trying to match the crocodile’s poor injured foot. She is having trouble making a selection that will blend in…