It Is to Laugh; A Collection of the Best Short Stories and Amusing Anecdotes, Being a Book for a Dull Hour at Home, or a Tedious Journey Abroad

It Is to Laugh; A Collection of the Best Short Stories and Amusing Anecdotes, Being a Book for a Dull Hour at Home, or a Tedious Journey Abroad

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...to grant this, on the ground that her husband (a drunken fellow, by the way) was absent from home, and she expected company. But the weary man pleading hard that he was very tired, and his horse as well, and that it was miles to the next habitation, she at length relented. He put up and fed his horse, had a supper of corn bread and bacon, and went to bed, in one of the two rooms of the house, the rooms being separated by a partition of boards full of cracks. The company arrived in the person of a neighboring man, as the preacher was dropping ofi to sleep. Several hours later he was awakened by a terrific pounding at the door. The drunken husband! Through the open cracks in the partition the preacher could see into the next room, where the woman was hiding the company in an empty barrel in the corner, covering the top with a quantity of loose cotton. The drunken husband was now admitted, noisy and loud and boisterous. The wife told him he must be quiet, because Lorenzo Dow, the great preacher, was in the next room asleep. Thereupon he took the candle in hand, went into the next room, shook up the preacher, and demanded that he must " come out an' raise the Devil." " That I will do, my friend, if you will just give me time to get up and dress." In a few moments he appeared in the other room, and told the man that he would now raise the Devil, but on one condition--the man must stand at the open door and as the Devil went out he must give him a good whack with his fist. "That I will do, my friend," said he, as he took up his post at the open door. "Never you fear. I'll punch him. Fetch on your devil!" Lorenzo now took the lighted tallow candle in hand, and began slowly marching...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805704
  • 9781236805706