John O'Brien, Or, the Orphan of Boston, a Tale of Real Life

John O'Brien, Or, the Orphan of Boston, a Tale of Real Life

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... in silence, with folded arms. Two monitors sat on stools in front, to watch them. My division was the smallest;-it contained only four, and one of them was the boy to whom I gave my handkerchief. He looked very sulky, and he had lost his blue suit. I was beginning to speak to him, but the boy who was our monitor, told me to be still, and fold my arms. The dress of all the boys, excepting those of the first division, was a jacket and pantaloons of a light and coarse blue. The jackets had standing collars, and were buttoned with one row of buttons, like military jackets. The boys seemed to be warm enough. These divisions, as I learned soon enough, were called grades. The three higher ones were called ban, or good grades. The three lower ones, mal, or bad grades. A boy newly arrived, or one who had done a very bad action, was put in the third malgrade. Then he worked his way up by good behavior. Three days would pass him into the second malgrade.'; a week into the first; then another week for the third bongrade. A fortnight would qualify him for the second. A month would bring him into the highest, and into a better suit of clothes. So nine weeks would enable a boy to pass from the lowest grade to the highest; and when he was once there, he might keep his post as long as he remained in the house. _ It was quite an object to get into this grade; for, in the first place, the boys in it were better dressed; then they were the favorites--the white-headed boys. They enjoyed a peculiar privilege, by a fiction of the domestic law. They were supposed to be incapable of lying, and their word was sufiicient in any transaction. This was a wise notion. The boys were very proud of the distinction, -and made it a point of honor to tell the truth....show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935136
  • 9781236935137