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Carisbrooke Castle 1844

REF NR: 1655
1: As soon as Mrs. Merton and Agnes re-entered the carriage, they proceeded to the pretty little village of Carisbrook, 
catching several views of the Castle on their route. Mr. Merton, who did not feel equal to the fatigue of visiting
the Castle, remained at a little public-house, opposite the church, called the Bugle Inn, while Mrs. Merton and
Agnes walked to the Castle. The wind had been high all the morning, but it had now increased so much, that, when
Mrs. TVlerton and Agnes ascended the Castle hill, it almost blew them back again. At the gate were some old women,
sitting at a fruit-stall ; and, though neither Agnes nor her mamma had any inclination to buy fruit, one old
woman followed them up the hill, and was so importunate that they could hardly send her away. " Do ask the lady
to buy this beautiful fruit for you, Miss," said the old woman, holding up a miserable green peach, that looked
as if it had fallen from the tree before it had attained half its proper size.

"I don't want such a miserable-looking thing as that," said Agnes, wrapping her cloak around her, though it was
with great difficulty that she did so, on account of the wind.

"It 's a peach, and not an apple, Miss, 11 said the woman. Agnes was quite provoked to have it sup- posed that she,
a botanist's daughter, did not know a peach from an apple ; and, turning round angrily, told the woman to get away,
and not to dare to be so troublesome. Unfortunately, however, while Agnes was scolding the old woman for teasing
her, a sudden gust of wind, operating upon the broad surface of the cloak, actually blew her a short way down the
hill before she could recover herself. The old woman laughed ; and Agnes, who was quite indignant, declared that
Carisbrook Castle was the most disagreeable place she had ever seen in her life.

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