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upon my mind. One day, my elder brother Tom, who, as I have said,
was almost a man when I was a little child, came into the nursery
where I was playing, and where the maids were ironing. Upon some
slight provocation or contradiction from him, I flew into a violent
passion; and, snatching up one of the box-irons, which the maid had
just laid down. I flung it across the table at my brother. He
stooped mstantly; and, thank God it missed him. There was a red hot
heater in it, of which I knew nothing till I saw it thrown out, and
till I heard the scream from the maids. They seized me, and dragged
me down stairs to my mother. Knowing that she was extremely fond of
my brother, and that she was of a warm indignant temper, they
expected that signal vengeance would burst upon me. They all spoke
at once. When my mother heard what I had done, I saw she was struck
with horror, but she said not one word in anger to me. She ordered
every body out of the room except myself, and then drawing me near
her, she spoke to me in a mild voice, but in a most serious manner.
First, she explained to me the nature of the crime, which I had run
the hazard of committing; she told me, she was sure that I had no
intention seriously to hurt my brother, and did not know, that if
the iron had hit my bipther, it must have killed him. While I felt
this first shock, and whilst the horror of murder was upon me, my
mother seized the moment, to conjure me to try in future to command
my passions. 1 remember her telling me, that I had an uncle by the
mother's side who had such a violent temper, that in a fit of
passion one of his eyes actually started out of its socket. "You,"
said my mother to me, " have naturally a violent temper: if you
grow up to be a man without learning to govern it, it will be
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