Little Erik of Sweden

Little Erik of Sweden

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Excerpt: ...him, Erik began to sing with her. Gradually, and unknown to himself, his voice rose higher. And so high did it finally rise, that at the end of the song, it was as loud as the singer's. There was silence in the room. Everybody looked at the fireplace. Everybody's eyes puzzlingly searched for the unseen owner of that mysterious voice behind the fire screen. Herr Banker said, "This is like a ghost story," and he walked over to the other side of the room. "Come out," he commanded, "whoever you are." And Erik came out. He was covered with soot. He was black and mussed and soiled. He looked like a frightened little chimney sweep. He was on the verge of tears. ERIK CAME OUT "What does this mean?" Herr Banker demanded. "What are you doing there, child?" Pg 87 "Hiding," said Erik. His voice was choked. "I had to see you, Herr Banker. I had to! It was so important." "You are the boy who promised never to Pg 88 sing again to annoy people. I remember you," said Herr Banker. "Oh, I know, sir!" Erik's lips were trembling. "But when I heard the beautiful music, I could not help it. I forgot everything but the song." Herr Banker put his hand on Erik's shoulder, and now he smiled. "Never mind," he said. "Perhaps, after all, my guests were not annoyed. Perhaps they even liked your singing!" He turned to the company. "Would you care to hear Erik sing again?" Hearty applause answered this question. So Erik sang. And, though his face was streaked with soot and tears, and his little costume sadly wrinkled, his audience seemed to forget it. Because his voice appeared to bring a great, light happiness to their hearts and to make their eyes see dimly. When he had finished, it might have been noticed that several ladies took handkerchiefs Pg 90 Pg 89 out of handbags, while quite a few gentlemen were coughing. Yet none had colds. Herr Banker told Erik to follow him into another room. When they were alone, he asked, "What is your name, child?" Erik wondered why his voice...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236719409
  • 9781236719409