An Introduction to the Study of Literature; For the Use of Secondary and Graded Schools

An Introduction to the Study of Literature; For the Use of Secondary and Graded Schools

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...would lnth-Hear 1 J of Africa, make an appointment, months ahead, to be at a certain tree p. 2i4. in a far-distant region at precisely such an hour, and would keep the appointment to the minute. But the Indian, achieving such a feat in a temperate climate, among tribes closely related to him in nature and speech, is less remarkable than young Stanley, fighting his way for months through unmapped tropical forests, amid the gravest dangers from heat, miasma, serpents, wild beasts, and wilder savages, yet reaching the hut he sought. Stanley himself has told the story with fine restraint. Every American is glad that their young countryman did not gush at the last moment, but merely said, " Dr. Livingstone, I presume." In one of his poems Mr. Kipling speaks of the "outtrail,"--the path of the adventurer. The "out-trail" calls to the blood of every youth, and in one form or another it must be obeyed. It may call neither to Africa, nor China, nor the plains. It may call the country lad to that worst of wildernesses, the city. It often summons the ambitious son of poverty to school, whither he thought he never could afford to go. To start out, with no visible means of support, to get an education, is as adventurous as piracy. But, whithersoever the out-trail may call, the youth ought to leave home with a pang. A youth who is unqualifiedly glad to get away from home promises ill. Robert Louis Stevenson's ballad of a Christmas at Sea puts this matter in just the right light. A young sailor is telling of the trouble his ship had in putting to sea on a given Christmas Day. The winds seemed determined to drive the craft on the rocks. It so happened that all this occurred very close to the spot where the young sailor's father...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236600878
  • 9781236600875