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REV. RICHARD TEMPLE WEST, M.A., D.C.L.,
VICAR OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE, PADDINGTON,
This work is Enscribed,
AS A VERY SMALL TRIBUTE
OF GRATITUDE AND REVERENTIAL AFFECTION,
I HAVE allowed my young heroine, Bunchy, to tell her own story, because I feel sure that you, my dear little friends, who read it, will greatly prefer to hear from Bunchy herself all about her pretty home at Scarsbrook, her father and mother, her brothers and little sister, her aunts and grandmother, the pony she rode, the dog that loved her, the pigs, whom she reckoned amongst her best friends, than to hear it from me.
I hope you will like my Bunchy, for I am very fond of her myself; but you must love Marmaduke and little Winifred also. Bunchy has one grave fault-she is selfish. But what child who reads her story, if he or she were relating his or her own everyday life, could truthfully picture it faultless ?
And though Bunchy has her faults, she has her good points, too.
She loves truth, and would scorn to deceive in the smallest way.
She is very quick to see good in her brothers and little sister, but very slow to detect their wrong-doings. Her wild spirits make her thoughtless, and, perhaps, at times, though I am sorry to say it, a little unladylike. They tempt her to think too much of self, and too little of others; but the loving side of her nature, I hope, triumphs at last, and then you must'own that Bunchy does try to correct her faults.
E. C. PHILLIPS.