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away from the English class, and ere long none were left excepting a few young wives of the king who were ambitious to please His Majesty and to be able to converse with him in English. As the ladies left the English class, they wished us to visit them in their homes ; which we did, taking with us our Christian books in Siamese, which some of them were fond of reading. I remember a servant of one of the princesses who eagerly read our books, and would give us a full account of what she had read in one book before receiving another.
The little English class was continued, and books and maps were procured for its persevering members. They made commendable progress, though often interrupted by fA tes and festivals and play-days. One of them one day asked me with seriousness what could be done to make the - king young. On the spur of the moment I replied, ' Q, have him advance in knowledge and goodness ; that will keep him young.' The answer, so unpremeditated, pleased the young wife. I think she whispered it in the ear of the king, to his great satisfaction and delight, for he had a very homely as well as old face. a
The king was called Chon Chewitt (' lord of life'), and woe betide the one who would dare to cross his will ! One day I was conversing