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the thing feasible? Yes-yesthe end is not so difficult; if I had only a
brain active enough to ferret out the means of attaining it.’

I sat up in bed by way of arousing this said brain: it was a chilly
night; I covered my shoulders with a shawl, and then I proceeded
to think again with all my might.

‘What do I want? A new place, in a new house, amongst new faces,
under new circumstances: I want this because it is of no use
wanting anything better.

How do people do to get a new place? They apply to friends, I
suppose: I have no friends. There are many others who have no
friends, who must look about for themselves and be their own
helpers; and what is their resource?’ I could not tell: nothing
answered me; I then ordered my brain to find a response, and
quickly. It worked and worked faster: I felt the pulses throb in my
head and temples; but for nearly an hour it worked in chaos; and
no result came of its efforts. Feverish with vain labour, I got up and
took a turn in the room; undrew the curtain, noted a star or two,
shivered with cold, and again crept to bed.

A kind fairy, in my absence, had surely dropped the required
suggestion on my pillow; for as I lay down, it came quietly and
naturally to my mind:- ‘Those who want situations advertise; you
must advertise in the ___shire Herald.’ ‘How? I know nothing
about advertising.’ Replies rose smooth and prompt now:‘You
must enclose the advertisement and the money to pay for it under
a cover directed to the editor of the Herald; you must put it, the
first opportunity you have, into the post at Lowton; answers must
be addressed to J. E., at the post-office there; you can go and
inquire in about a week after you send your letter, if any are come,
and act accordingly.’ This scheme I went over twice, thrice; it was
then digested in my mind; I had it in a clear practical form: I felt
satisfied, and fell asleep.

With earliest day, I was up: I had my advertisement written,
enclosed, and directed before the bell rang to rouse the school; it
ran thus:‘A young lady accustomed to tuition’ (had I not been a
teacher two years?) ‘is desirous of meeting with a situation in a
private family where the children are under fourteen’ (I thought
that as I was barely eighteen, it would not do to undertake the
guidance of pupils nearer my own age). ‘She is qualified to teach
the usual branches of a good English education, together with
French, Drawing, and Music’ (in those days, reader, this now
narrow catalogue of accomplishments, would have been held
tolerably comprehensive). ‘Address, J. E., Post-office, Lowton,
___shire.’ This document remained locked in my drawer all day:
after tea, I asked leave of the new superintendent to go to Lowton,
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