The Eldest of Seven, by the Author of 'Katie, the Fisherman's Daughter'

The Eldest of Seven, by the Author of 'Katie, the Fisherman's Daughter'

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...is a fortnight to-day since Bobbie and baby began to have the measles, nurse says," continued Walter, "and they are nearly well again; but Tena seems worse. I am going out after dinner to buy her an orange." "What! with that money papa gave you last night for a top? Why, you are a goose, Walter! I shall keep my twopence. I'm sure pjtpa would buy the little ones oranges if he thought they wanted them." Walter did not answer this remark. Just then Mr. Lancaster came in and rang the bell for dinner. "It is very cold out of doors; I expect we shall have snow before morning," he said, going up to the fire and holding his hands over the blaze for a moment. Percy ate very little dinner that day--peasoup he never liked much, and the second course he was tired of. "No, thank you, papa," he said, shaking his head. "No pudding, Percy?" "No, I am quite tired of apples and rice. I don't want any." "But, my child, you have scarcely eaten anything!" said Mr. Lancaster, anxiously. "I want something nice. Why can't we have some meat?" "Because I cannot afford to buy meat now more than twice a week. You will have to learn the truth some day, my children, and you may as well know it now. Your father is but a poor man. It is no disgrace to be poor, Walter," he said, turning to his elder boy, as he saw what he thought was a flush of shame overspread the child's face. Walter made no reply, but bending down his head he turned his attention to the plateful of apples and rice before him, of which he was quite as tired as his brother, and ate it all. "I am obliged to keep you rather close just now, boys, that the little invalids upstairs may have more. You will not...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236816838
  • 9781236816832