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resembling the peacock's. They say, that it is found in no other part of the world beside China, building its nest in the mountains near Pekin ; and its absence for any considerable time is looked upon as an omen of misfortune to the royal family. The Chinese consider the shoulders of the fum an emblem of the virtues; their wings signify justice, their sides obedience, and their nest fidelity."
" Well, dear mamma," said Edward, finding; that his mother did not proceed, " have you quite done with the Pavilion ?"
Mrs. Ashton did not recollect anything else that would be likely to interest them : she was disappointed in the library, which contained but few books; the royal chapel, near the