The Green Room; Stories

The Green Room; Stories

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...and ran to her dressing-room. "Cramond Brig" had an unprecedented run of six nights, and the little lady always got her thimbleful of whiskey, and her round of applause. And each time I noticed that she corked up the former safely in the snuffbox. I was curious as to what she could possibly want with the spirit, and who she was, and where she came from. I asked her, but she seemed so unwilling to tell, and turned so red, that I did not press her; but I found out that it was the old story--no mother, and a drunken father. Still, it was strange; what could she want with the whiskey--a child like her? It could not be for the drunken father. I was completely at fault. I took a fancy to the little thing, and wished to fathom her secret, for a secret I felt sure there was. After the performance, I saw my little body come out. Poor little child! there was no mother or brother to see her to her home. She hurried up the street, and turning into the poorest quarter of the town, entered the common stair of a tumbledown old house. I followed, feeling my way as best I could. She went up and up, till in the very top fiat she entered a little room. A handful of fire glimmering in the grate revealed a sickly 4 boy, some two years her junior, who crawled towards her from where he was lying before the fire. "Cissy, I'm glad you're home," he said. "I thought you'd never come." She put her arms round him, laid the poor little head on her thin shoulder and took him over to the fire again, trying to comfort him as she went. "Is the pain very bad, to-night, Willie?" "Yes." A sadder "yes" I never heard. "Willie, I wish I could bear the pain for you." "It's cruel of father to send me more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236874188
  • 9781236874184