Dirk, a South African

Dirk, a South African

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...pinafores, were sprawling about the mud floor and on the doorstep, engaged in mysterious occupations only understood by themselves. ' Ach, but the bread is beautiful! ' said Katootje, addressing herself in a voice that would have been clearly audible half a mile away. 'Tant' Gezina herself couldn't bake it better. Kindersl what a grand dinner we shall have to-day! ' The children looked up eagerly and left off playing to listen. ' Fresh bread--ach, the dear good Oom Pieter to bring us that sack of meal--and the fresh butter that Boetie Edouard bought for a treat, and a whole basinful of pumpkin besides--there 's a nice dinner for you! Give me fresh bread and butter and I ask nothing better! ' The prospect of the dinner proved too much for the patience of the second youngest Vermeer, who forthwith began to demand an earnest of the feast. ' Wait, my kind; you 'll get it soon enough! ' said Katootje, going to the next room and emerging again with a bundle of clothes on her head. With uplifted voice the infant pressed his demands. ' You 'll bur n your tongue and get a stomach-ache from the hot bread, ' said his mother. ' Come and play outside while I do the washing. There are Lida and Thysie coming with the water. Ach, ja, it 's the truth; I 'm poor and I 've often had a hard time--but what a happiness that I have such good children that are such a help to me now that they 're growing up.' She set down her bundle on an uptumed packing-case beside the open door and waited for the children, who were bringing the water from the river-side in pails made of empty paraffin-tins and slung on a pole which they carried between...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822005
  • 9781236822000