Adventures of Kwei, the Chinese Girl

Adventures of Kwei, the Chinese Girl

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...though she did not feel much inclined to be bright and lively with any one just then. "Now you must set your wits to work," went on Vanstrump. "I can't be bodered to teach you." Kwei managed to get on pretty well that day. She did her best from fear, not from any desire to please; for she hated the Dutchman more than ever. He was too busy himself to take much notice of her, but he watched her from the other side of the shop, and the vicious Growler was always at the door, keeping guard; so that though Kwei was on the alert all day, there was never an opportunity for her to try to escape. Two or three days passed in the same way, and then Mrs. Vanstrump returned. Her father was dead, and had left her all his savings, most of which were contained in the old stocking. She bought herself a black gown and went about looking rather sorrowful, for now she had not a relation left in the world except her husband. Being with her old father had softened her, and made her feel some longing to lead a better life; but, poor woman, she did not know how to begin. Her daily toil and worries were quite enough to occupy all her thoughts. The first person Mrs. Vanstrump saw on her return home was Kwei. "Well, here is one person in even a worse plight than myself," she thought. "At any rate I can try to be kind to her, and stand between her and Van sometimes." The fact was, her conscience had reproached her about Kwei, and she had often wished for an opportunity of making up to the child for her past unkindness, and now it had come. She was thankful to find that her husband had not ill-used his little victim yet. Kwei was very glad to see her mistress again, for she looked upon her now as her only friend. She always...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875494
  • 9781236875495