1. 'It's of no use, Mrs. Templar; I have been trying the greater part of an hour to catch that rogue of a horse. She won't be caught.'

2. Such was the report the hired man brought in to Mrs. Templar one pleasant May morning, when she had been planning a ride.

3. 'I suppose it can not be helped, but I wanted her very much,' she said, as she turned away.

4. 'What was it you wanted, mother?' asked Jenny Templar, a bright, brown-haired, brown-eyed girl of twelve, who had just come into the room.

5. 'Fanny,' said the mother. 'It is such a beautiful morning, I meant to drive down to the village, get some groceries, then call for your Aunt Ann, have a nice ride up the river road, and bring her home to dinner.

6. 'But father is away for all day, and the men have been trying nearly an hour to catch Fanny; one of the men says she can't be caught.'

7. 'Maybe she can't by him,' said Jenny, with a merry laugh. 'But, get ready, mother; you shall go if you like. I'll catch Fanny, and harness her, too.'

8. 'Why, my child, they say she jumped the ditch three or four times, and acted like a wild creature. You'll only be late at school, and tire yourself for nothing.'

9. 'It won't take me long, mother. Fanny will come to me,' said Jenny, cheerily. She put on her wide straw hat, and was off in a moment, down the hill, to the field where the horse was grazing.

10. The moment Fanny heard the rustle of Jenny's dress, she pricked up her ears, snorted, and, with head erect, seemed ready to bound away again.

11. 'Fanny! O Fanny!' called Jenny, and the beautiful creature turned her head. That gentle tone she well knew, and, glad to see her friend, she came directly to the fence, and rubbed her head on the girl's shoulder. As soon as the gate was opened, she followed Jenny to the barn.

12. The men had treated her roughly, and she remembered it. But she knew and loved the voice that was always kind, and the hand that often fed and caressed her. She gave love for love, and willing service for kindness.

Teaching Guide:

Step 1: Study the New Words

  • Listen to the new words.
  • Recite each of the new words aloud.

Step 2: Examine the Lesson Image

Describe the image, its setting, and its characters.

Step 3: Read the Lesson Passage

  • Find each new word in the passage.
  • Practice reading the passage, both silently and aloud.
  • Upon mastering the passage, recite it aloud to your instructor.

Step 4: Complete Lesson Copywork, Narration, and Dictation

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Step 5: Discuss the Lesson

  • Why did Fanny go to Jenny and not the men?
  • Describe how the story relates to the phrase, 'Honey catches more flies than vinegar.'