Grandfather Merrie; Or, the Command and the Promise

Grandfather Merrie; Or, the Command and the Promise

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... "that father should be so unfortunate, and that Captain John, ' who keeps just such a store as father, should be so prosperous." "They are not so very prosperous," said her mother, " for I. heard Mrs. Merrie say to-day that the times were hard and they had to practise economy. She and the girls do all their own housework, make and trim their bonnets, and Grandfather Merrie gives them daily lessons, to save the expense of going to the academy." "All fudge!" said Mr. Grout, "for I saw him, with my own eyes, this very morning, give fifty dollars to the collector for the support of the minister; and it wasn't an hour afterwards he gave five dollars for a Sunday-school library. It's all luck, I tell you again, and I'm one of the unlucky ones, and might as well give up trying to do any business." "Dinner is ready," said Mrs. Grout. "Girls, call your grandfather." The old man was in the door-yard, trying to split some firewood. He did all he could to make himself useful, but it was very little he could do; and sometimes he wished that the time might come when he should go to his long home, for he felt that he was a burden to the family. The girls were seldom willing to wait upon him, and never offered to mend his stockings, bathe his lame arms and feet, or wipe the spots from his coat. Their mother received so little help from them about the house, that she had not much time to sew or mend for her father, and the neighbours felt a great deal of compassion for the old man when they saw him tottering about in his ragged overcoat and worn hat. Mr. Grout was out of business a while, and at last, finding that his family must starve without some exertion on his part, he set up a little grocery on the corner of the street, and there, while selling tobacco and...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667572X
  • 9781236675729