Fairy Fables, by Cuthbert Bede

Fairy Fables, by Cuthbert Bede

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...were always kept clean, and free from a speck of dust; and, just beneath them, was a large Bible, in which the old woman read every day. The little furniture there was, was rubbed as brightly as possible; and an old carved oak-chest had been brought to such a degree of polish that Tib, the old woman's black cat, used it as a lookingglass, and went to it each morning to see if her face was washed clean. The cottage was a thatched, half-timbered one; and stood in a garden, in which the old woman not only grew vegetables, but some pretty flowers also. Against the cottage-walls were roses, and jessamines, and hollyhocks, and honeysuckles, which made a beautiful show in the summer-time, and twined over the cottage-door into a clustering porch, where there was a cool and refreshing shade, even on the hottest days. And there, in the shade, or partly within the shade and the warm sunshine, the old woman used to sit; and, while Tib dozed lazily in the sun, she worked at her spinning-wheel, and talked to her Parrot. For she had a Parrot! and, as it is not every poor woman who can say that she has a Parrot among her property, I will tell you how she obtained it. Her only son was a sailor, who had been many years at sea, and had visited foreign countries where the birds and animals are very different to what they are in this country. And once, when he had come home from a long voyage, he told his mother that he had been in a land where all the birds were blue, and scarlet, and green, and gold; and where they flew about in the woods like jewels gleaming in the sun, and were as common as sparrows are in England. And the old woman was so charmed with her son's tale, that she said she should like, above all things, to possess one of these fine birds. So...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679334X
  • 9781236793348