Atherton, and Other Tales Volume 1

Atherton, and Other Tales Volume 1

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...the principal scene of the morning's diversion. Major Delaney, a splendid skater, after enjoying for a short space the exhilaration of an exercise in which he excelled, had with the utmost good humour left a party of the neighbouring gentlemen, who had crossed the downs for the purpose, and with whom he had been executing on the ice the different figures in which proficients delight, in order to give a lesson in the mystery of cutting initials and spread eagles on that glassy surface to Harry and Charles Glenham, and some other youths of their age, when he was summoned by his father to attend Katy and Mrs. Bell. About the skating ground, as has been said, the ice was perfectly safe. But farther down the mere, the bank, overhung by a large weeping willow, jutted out abruptly, and, probably from a spring which fed the waters, the ice was so much thinner, that the spot had been staked out by tall sticks, surmounted by little red flags in token of danger. The space that was perfectly safe was so extensive that there did not appear the slightest cause to apprehend that anybody would stray out of bounds. Pets, however, are proverbially wilful. Marigold, after playing every conceivable prank around her mistress on dry ground--chasing the birds in the woodland, jumping after squirrels on the tree-tops, and trying to coax a dappled fawn into a game at roInps--had followed her footsteps on the ice; and a little puzzled by the slippery smoothness, and daunted at the numbers assembled, had bounded forward until she reached the interdicted spot, the very point of danger, where the glassy surface, yielding even to her light weight, gave way more and more under her struggles; the ice sinking as the water rose, until at last the frightened...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770145
  • 9781236770141