Glow-Worm Tales; First-Second Series Volume 2

Glow-Worm Tales; First-Second Series Volume 2

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... dreadful degree of mystification--leaving the public quite in the dark as to who was who, and especially who was the Villain---and then suddenly struck work; declined to unravel the tangled skein without pecuniary compensation. We had to pay the little ruffian oneand-ninepence and a knife with six blades before he would resume his pen. The interview between Bigshaw and himself and friends (without whom he never stirs) was something out of the common way of literary negotiations. "I have read somewhere that the bane of editors are the people with grievances, and I can well believe it. If Dr. Swishem canes the wrong boy (and between ourselves, he is not particular as to identity), or if our usher sets an imposition longer than is humane, King Pepyn, forsooth, is appealed to, to set matters right. 'Your sense of justice, Mr. Editor, will cause you, I am convinced, at any risk, to right the oppressed and to scourge the tyrant.' Now, that may do very well for the Daily Telegraph and the world at large, but in the case of King Pepyn and Acacia House, the scourging would come from the wrong quarter; a lettre de cachet would lodge my proprietor in the black-hole, and there would be an immediate arrest of our circulation. These things, however, are but as spots in the sun of our prosperity, Uncly-buncly; and that you may be only half as jolly as myself, is the earnest wish of your affectionate nephew, "EPAMINONDAS SMITH. "RS. Knowing your objection to my running into debt, I just mention that in addition to my little liability to Naggit, I owe 14s. 6a'. to the cake-man. A sovereign would cover everything, with a little margin." I had transcribed my nephew's letter, word for word, as above, and was...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909801
  • 9781236909800