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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...pas tout to nom, Lili;--dis moin, chere, to laut nom."--" Mo pas connin laut nom."--" Comment ye tepele to maman.piti?"--" Maman, --Maman 'Dele."--" Et comment ye te pele to papa, chere?"--" Papa Zulien."--" Bon! Et comment to maman te pele to papa?--dis 9a a moin, chere?" The child looked down, put a finger in her mouth, thought a moment, and replied: ----" Li pele li, 'Cheri'; li pele li, Papoute.'"--" Ai'e, aie!--c'est tout, 9a?--to maman te jamain pele li daut' chose?"--" Mo pas connin, moin." She began to play with some trinkets attached to his watch chain;--a very small gold compass especially impressed her fancy by the trembling and flashing of its tiny needle, and she murmured, coaxingly: ----" Mo oule 9a! Donnin 9a a moin." He took all possible advantage of the situation, and replied at once: ----" Oui! mo va donnin toi 9a si to di moin to laut nom." The splendid bribe evidently impressed her greatly; for tears rose to the brown eyes as she answered: --" Mo pas capab di' 9a;--mo pas capab di' laut nom Mo oule; mo pas capab!" Laroussel explained. The child's name was Lili, --perhaps a contraction of Eulalie; and her pet Creole name Zouzoune. He thought she must be the daughter of wealthy people; but she could not, for some reason or other, tell her family name. Perhaps she could not pronounce it well, and was afraid of being laughed at: some of the old French names were very hard for Creole children to pronounce, so long as the little ones were indulged in the habit of talking the patois; and after a certain age their mispronunciations would be made fun of in order to accustom them to abandon the idiom of more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880870
  • 9781236880871
  • 1,818,350