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influence on all around her, succeeded in teaching her governess
how to behave nicely, as she had promised. By degrees, life at
Compton Wood resumed something of its old routine. The scholar
subsided into his work, and Miss Barkley, impelled by conscience
once or twice to inquire whether he wished Edith to do this or
that, or leave something else undone, perceived so clearly that he
did not wish at all events to be made the arbiter in such
transactions, that she chose, practically, the wiser part in her
relation with her interesting pupil, and followed that young lady's
guidance in all problems of difficulty. Edith, as the years
advanced, consented graciously to pay some visits to Deerbury Park,
but she never merged herself altogether in the life of that more
brilliant establishment, and grew up in her own quiet home,
accepting occasional distractions with cheerful satisfaction when
her father, at rare intervals, found reason to spend a month or two
in London, but never showing the least impatience of the uneventful
and even current of existence at Compton Wood. As time went on, she
promoted her father more and more into the rank of companion, drew
him out on philosophical questions, and took a friendly interest in
his study of comparative Oriental philology, without being impelled
herself, however, to follow up these inquiries in detail. As she
was troubled by no rude mockery from brothers or sisters, the
eccentric development of her mind suffered no offensive shocks, and
Mr. Kinseyle's temperament, leading him to accept all the incidents
of life as they came, without criticising them closely unless he
was reluctantly compelled to choose some course of action for
himself, made him not indifferent to his daughter by any means, but
unobservant of her peculiarities as such. Edit...
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