Butterflies and Fairies

Butterflies and Fairies

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...to rise suddenly into view, whilst in reality there is no island and no palmtree whatever. However, the row of trees, which I am supposing Mr. Penderton saw, were real trees, growing as trees usually grow, but they appeared to have their trunks in the air, and this had a most singular effect." "The row of trees you supposed he saw, Aunt Helen," cried Charlie; "I thought he really did see them." "They were really seen by a better authority than Mr. Penderton. It is true that he was actually very ill, and had to choose between Peru and Australia, and he did see a great many strange things in the course of his travels; so I have put together some very strange ones, which I know to have been really seen or heard by people who have travelled in Peru and Brazil, to make the story more interesting to you." "Oh!" said Claude, "I'm afraid, Aunt Helen, there never were any fairies really; but go on." "The next curious thing was the other bird which appeared, and told him to ' work away, to work, work, work away!' This was another kind of those odd birds, the goatsuckers. Mr. Penderton next came to a beautiful place dotted over with stately palm-trees, where long grasses waved like a sea, and flowers of every colour made gardens all round him. All this was real; nothing can be more lovely than the scenery at some times of the year in Venezuela, which I am supposing he had by this time entered. "Next comes his adventure with the ugly, slimy, yellow creature which disabled his horse with a shock; before which, too, the other fishes in the river fled away terrified; and which overthrew the man on the bank of the river just by touching his line." "Ah, yes! what creature was that, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918495
  • 9781236918499