"Actions speak louder than words," as Mr. Franklin saw to his regret; for it was as clear as noonday that Benjamin would never be contented in the candle-factory. He did his best, however, to make the boy's situation attractive; allowed him frequent opportunities for play, and praised his habit of reading in the evening and at all other times possible. Still, a tallow-candle did not attract him.
These are yellowish and less greasy. Wax is produced by bees. There are also tallow candles; these are very greasy and have a disgreeable smell when burning. Memory. Have you ever seen a candle-factory? Have you ever seen a bee-hive? Of what are the cells of the honeycomb made? When do you light a candle? Have you ever carried a lighted candle carelessly? Did not this cause a disaster?
Benjamin was convinced, as he said of it many years thereafter, "that that which is not honest could not be truly useful." At the time Benjamin was in the candle-factory his brother James was in England learning the printer's trade. He spent several years there, until he had mastered the business, intending to return to Boston and establish that trade.
Ackroyd had his idea of a social revolution, and, though it seemed doubtful whether he was exactly the man to claim a larger sphere for the energies of his class, his thought often had genuine nobleness, clearly recognisable by Gilbert. Ackroyd had brain-power above the average, and it was his right to strive for a better lot than the candle-factory could assure him.
Imagination. Draw the outline of a candle on the blackboard. Comparison, association, abstraction. Similarity and difference in candles of stearine, wax, and tallow. Judgment and reasoning. Are candles useful? Were they more useful formerly, or now that we have gas and electric light? Sentiments. Children are greatly pleased by a visit to a candle-factory.
Past Vauxhall, once famed for its revelry conspicuous, now, only for its picturesque expanse of candle-factory roofs and the dead boarding that is displayed skirting the railway: Clapham, villa-studded and with gardens laid out in bird's-eye perspective: Surbiton, dainty in its pretty little road-side station, all garnished with roses and shell- walks: Farnborough, where a large proportion of our passengers, of military proclivities, alight en route for Aldershot, and celebrated of yore for the "grand international" contest with fisticuffs between a British Sayers and a Transatlantic Heenan: Basingstoke, the great ugly "junction" of many twisted rails and curiously-intricate stacks of chimneys; until, at length, Southampton was reached a town smelling of docks and coal-tar, and dismal in the evening gloom.
I do not want to go through another experience with him, such as I have been through two years in the candle-factory." Mr. Franklin had evidently acquired new views about boys, judging from his last remarks. He saw but one way out of the difficulty. Choice of an occupation was a more important matter than he had dreamed of.
It's got a rope-walk and a candle-factory and an army. Standing army. Infantry and cavalry. Three soldier and a horse. Aleck, it's been a long wait, and full of heartbreak and hope deferred, but God knows I am happy now. Happy, and grateful to you, my own, who have done it all. When is it to be?" "Next Sunday." "Good. And we'll want to do these weddings up in the very regalest style that's going.
To exchange school, which he liked so well, for a dirty business that he did not like at all, was almost too much for his flesh and blood. His feelings revolted against the uncongenial trade. "You do not know how I dread to go into the candle-factory to make it my business for life," he said to his mother. "I feel worse and worse about it."
"Perhaps not," responded Josiah; "if Providence introduces him into a better calling, I shall not object; but I want he should be satisfied with this until the better one comes." As the time drew near for Benjamin to exchange school for the candle-factory, his disappointment increased.