The Land's End; A Tale

The Land's End; A Tale

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...dig your garden, and the other wheel your ores; and you could not get any others for lower wages. Though nobody will offer much for daddy, because he is seventytwo, he has more work in him than you might think; and I hold myself strong of my years, and you'll find me hearty." Philip explained that his employing labour was wholly out of the question; as his paying the rate would be thought to be, if he did not happen to be an out-parishioner, and more scrupulous about the matter than some of his neighbours. He would do his best, if opportu nity occurred, to get Josiah employed, but he had no work or wages of his own to offcr. Josiah then began to kick pebbles, and declare his belief that daddy and he should have to stand the pleasure of the parish all day, and go home at last as they came. There were too many stout workmen in waiting to allow them a chance. "I don't see that," said Philip. " Ianson and Mrs. Pendreath will have to take their share for field labour, and there are but few field labourers here. The carpenter and shoemaker will not interfere with you." "That they will, if there is no work of their sort to be done, and they are younger than daddy and older than me. Tremorne might as. well have taken Will Andrews, and left Sam for Ianson. A carpenter can dig clay as well as a mower, but he can't mow. There is nobody here that can mow." During the time that Philip lingered in the neighbourhood of the shed, it seemed but too probable that Josiah's apprehensions would be realised. Two or three men were carried off, while the poor lad was contemptuously pushed aside; and no second glance was cast upon the old man. " If I had to choose, now," thought Philip, " I...
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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747968
  • 9781236747969