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DINING IN STATE
AT noon Jethro and I were summoned to a dinner
in the great cabin, where we sat at the table with the
governor and all the other members of the company,
and while there was food of dainty kinds and in great
abundance, I did not have as much pleasure in the
 eating as many a time in my own home when we had
no more than the ordinary fare.
It was no fault of any person that I failed in getting
as much of enjoyment as should have been my portion,
but my own fear lest I might fail in behaving as was
seemly. Never before had I partaken of a meal with
people of such quality as were gathered in the great
cabin of the Good lhill, and I was on nettles every
moment, thinking I might ignorantly do this or that
which would bring reproach upon my parents.
I was in good truth heartily glad when the governor
rose from the table, thus giving permission to us, and
I scrambled on deck as soon as it was possible to
leave the cabin without seeming to run away, there to
turn over and over in my mind all I had done during the
dinner, striving to make out if I had behaved properly.
Jethro, who had had no such misgivings, laughed at
me for a simple when I told him what was in my mind,
declaring that I had come off with credit to myself;
but this assurance did not tend to make me feel more
comfortable, because of my being uncertain as to
whether or not he was a fit judge.