Hector's Inheritance, Or, the Boys of Smith Institute
Young Hector's Uncle tells him that he is really a low-born beggar boy with no legal claim to his dead father's estate. Come to find out, his uncle lied, and Hector eventually succeeds to the property while his bad uncle is brought low instead. The moral of these tales is always that if you are good and honest and try hard you will triumph over adversity. Would that it were always so. 1885. Alger is the original rags-to-riches guy, often credited with inventing the strive-and-succeed spirit that inspired boys to work hard and advance themselves in order to achieve the American Dream. This theme resonates throughout his numerous writings. From Chapter One: That is more reasonable, said Mr. Roscoe, to himself, as he laid down the letter. Three hundred dollars I consider a fair price. At any rate, I do not propose to pay any more for Hector. I suppose the table is plain enough, but I don't believe in pampering the appetites of boys. If he were the master of Roscoe Hall, as he thinks he is, there might be some propriety in it; but upon that head I shall soon undeceive him. I will let him understand that I am the proprietor of the estate, and that he is only a dependent on my bounty. I wonder how he will take it. I dare say he will make a fuss, but he shall soon be made to understand that it is of no use. Now to answer these letters.
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- 152.4 x 228.6 x 10.41mm | 326.58g
- 09 Mar 2015
- Illustrations, black and white