Cucumber Chronicles; A Book to Be Taken in Slices

Cucumber Chronicles; A Book to Be Taken in Slices

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...Earl could not have lived there, for I am quite sure he would have been the very last man in the world to leave a drop of that superb sherry for any one else. Round the Green may be found some of the best buildings, though there are others of importance at a greater distance from the centre of the village. For instance, there is the old Manor-house with its magnificent yew-hedge, the ancient Rectory-house with its panelled rooms, and the superb tithe-barn in a fine state of preservation. I should like to show the latter and point out its admirable proportions, its sterling, honest, well-finished masonry--as good now as it was the day it was erected--to mine ancient enemy, Buggins the Builder. The cottages are all of the true old sort. Many of them are of the type of cottage that poets, whom no one ever heard of, are invariably born in--tiny front door, window on each side, with two windows above. Space between the latter for tablet, whereon you expect to read " The Poet Paddledab was born here." Why poets of the Paddledab genus always insist upon being born in houses of the same pattern is as mysterious to me as that they should leave the honest employment of ploughmen or hedgers and ditchers, to take to, writing verses that few people buy, no one ever reads, and living on the charity of their friends. Besides the class of dwelling alluded to there are plenty of picturesque thatched cottages, irregular, out of the perpendicular, with odd latticed windows, half-hatch doers, huge, queer-shaped stone steps, and windows of ancient green glass. If you peep within them you may occasionally see village dames--just like those depicted in my volume--working a spinning-wheel of the real old-fashioned sort. The Mill, too, is just such a mill as I expected...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666445
  • 9781236666444