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The article In Roughing it With the Moodies is an explanatory essay on the life of female author Susanna Moodie and her family Most of her life was spent I he backwoods of Ontario with her family Susanna Moodie was born in England She was born into a wealthy family and was the youngest of five children She received a good education more so than any of the other girls of her social standing While in England she published a variety of poems and childrens stories She married J W Dunbar a half pay officer with the English army They came to Canada because the British government offered a tax free land grant to anyone willing to move army officers also received a full title When she arrived in Canada her family had to travel through Montreal to arrive a Port Hope where they were to be settled only someone was living there until the snow arrived They were forced to live in a log barn She made an effort to be friendly with her neighbours They were always taking advantage of the newcomers by borrowing things from them They finally decided to give up the farm and moved into the backwoods of Ontario just north of Peterborough Susanna heavily objected the move but to no avail It is stated that Susanna had a better sense for business than her husband did The Moodies were unsuited for life in the backwoods For the first year the Moodies lived in what some would call luxury They lived in a log house and had a male and female servant After a year of crop failure the Moodies had to fire their servants and work the land themselves They did not mind the work The family sometimes lived oneating bread and frozen potatoes they had none of the luxuries which they were once accustomed to Susannas husband then got a job in Toronto coinciding with the Rebellion of
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