Down in a Saloon, Or, the Minister's Sportege

Down in a Saloon, Or, the Minister's Sportege

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... and frolic, their evening talks, their storytelling at bedtime, when the five boys slept in two rooms with the door open between. He missed the free social converse of the minister's table; and, sitting opposite the mistress of the house at meal-times, subjected to the scrutiny of her keen gray eyes, thought how much better Mother Blake's codfish and potatoes tasted, than Madam Winthrop's roast beef. He was afraid of the old lady in those days. He thought her very stern and severe. He had not discovered that under her cold exterior lay a warm heart, and that her harsh, abrupt manner and scolding voice hid a very tender sympathizing nature. Madam Winthrop had such a queer way with her, that when she performed a benevolent action, and she did perform such every day of her life, the person who received the kindness at her hands, would perhaps turn away and say, "What a cross old woman!" Joseph was very anxious to please her; but for a long time she kept him at a distance, and watched him suspiciously; but when she found that he neither slammed the doors nor stoned the chickens nor broke the windows, but was quiet and well behaved, she somewhat relaxed her vigilance. The boy confided to Minerva Butts one day his conviction that Madam Winthrop's "cross" was all outside. "Law!" said Minerva, "has it took you all this time to find that out? I could have told you so the first day you came here." So the barrier was gradually broken down between them. Joseph learned to talk familiarly with her, to ask questions, to tell the day's adventures at school. Every evening they sat together, the boy studying his lessons, the old lady in her straight-backed arm-chair, her feet on a round stool, knitting his winter's...
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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517032
  • 9781236517036