All the Year Round Volume 24

All the Year Round Volume 24

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... found in some sequestered village in a fairly prosperous agricultural district. The general shopkeeper is expected to keep everything, from treacle to tenpenny nails, and from saucepans to stationery; but where, on so small a scale, shall we meet with profits like unto his? He has to do with a number of customers whose wants may safely be predicated, whose purchases are infinitesimal, and who have not the remotest idea as to cost price or wholesale buying. The poor buy pennyworths, and as a consequence pay their three-halfpence or their twopence unmurmuringly. The little screw of tea with which yonder hardworked mother of a family is trudging home along the miry lane that leads to her thatched cottage is twice as dear as that which figures on the squire's breakfast table. The powder with which Joe or J em loads the rusty old gun for a day's tolerated "rabbiting" on Glaypole Common costs much more than the highly-finished article with which fashionable sportsmen charge their breechloaders. Even the rude brandyballs and fossil toify of the shop, coveted by small children to whose lot the rare largesse of a sixpence has accrued, are dearer than choice confectionery in London. For in country places, where dealings are conducted by the ounce, the middleman still reigns supreme. ALL THE YEAR ROUND. Oond acted by "As well as I could judge, we must have slept for two or three hours when I was suddenly awakened by a knocking outside our room. I sat up in bed, and, listening, heard someone tapping at the door. For a little while I did not speak, but the tapping grew louder, and the person outside began to shake the door to rouse me. Then I asked who was there, and was answered in a woman's voice, which I recognised as...show more

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  • Paperback | 474 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 839g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918525
  • 9781236918529