Little Redcap, by the Author of 'Tales of Village School Boys'

Little Redcap, by the Author of 'Tales of Village School Boys'

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...do our work," was the only answer they could obtain; and so the pleasant summer and autumn evenings were stealing away, and poor Davie, shut away from companionship with his equals by the huge iron gates, which had looked so terrible to him when he came to be hired, could only stand on tiptoe and look over the hedge at the games of his young masters. Sometimes the light evening breeze would waft towards him the sound of other merry noises from the green, not very far off, where the village boys were pursuing their sports: and who could wonder if he now and then felt half tempted to play truant, and join a party by whom he knew he should be well received? For, in his daily visits to the town, he had already been accosted more than once by the idlers of the streets, who pretended to pity him for being shut up in such a dull place, and urged by them to steal out of a night and have a "lark," as they called it, as other boys had done before. Now Davie had no objection to a lark, if it was but an innocent one; and, being very confiding, he was willing enough to believe that they meant nothing but what was kind towards him. But then the Doctor had charged him never to go out without leave; and if he should be wanted, and not found at his post, what would his master think of him? Anything was easier to bear, he thought, than Dr. Morriss's anger; and so, when he was tired of watching the cricketers, he was fain to turn in and amuse himself by reading to the cook. She, poor woman, was no scholar herself. The little knowledge of reading she ever possessed had been lost when, at ten years old, she had been taken from school to nurse the baby, while her mother spent the day in the fields at farming work; and now even the Bible would have been...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649931X
  • 9781236499318