The Charm of the Road; England and Wales

The Charm of the Road; England and Wales

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...in the middle of the fourteenth century, and was the son of a knight of good property. He went to London not as a poor boy, but provided with funds, to learn to be a merchant, and his renowned cat was his ship, cat being the name then given to a small timber craft with which Whittington made his first venture in trading. In time he came to own big ships, found fortune, fame, and a rich wife. Which prosaic facts spoil a pretty tradition, as facts have spoilt many another pretty tradition. I am almost sorry that I troubled to hunt up the true history of Dick Whittington, for he was my favourite hero, after Robinson Crusoe, when I was a boy. At Whittington we had one of the many surprises of our journey; and I do not think we passed a day during our wanderings without some pleasant surprise. There, right in the middle of the village, stood the ruins of a grey and time-worn castle, with two ivy-clad flanking towers, and a wide, weedgrown moat that came up to the roadway. So perfect a picture it made, that for the moment it seemed almost unreal, as though it were a scene set on a stage. To come thus wholly unexpectedly upon this wayside romance in stone gave us a delightful thrill of pleasure. That is the advantage of travelling without a guide-book; you are not prepared beforehand for what you are coming to, and beauty charms the more when it takes you by surprise. Another minor advantage is you are not bothered with the history of a place, so you can romance at will. As for old castles, I have a ready-made history of my own that suffices me. Moreover, as far as it goes, it is generally right; I hate, when on a pleasure jaunt, to keep referring to a book, it is a worry. Once I took a guide-book with me (I found it often incorrect), and I never quite...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645952
  • 9781236645951