A Maiden Fair to See

A Maiden Fair to See

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...with real boiler and spirit lamp, by means of which it can scald or burn itself in a thoroughly scientific way. The first object that Miss Marjoribanks had in view when she commenced the education of poor Charles Fairholme's little girl was to cure her of what she termed her "dreadful" language and her taste for low society; and indeed it must be reluctantly confessed that her talk in a great measure resembled that of a gutter-child. And this is not to be wondered at when we consider that Alice's companions had consisted of Mrs. Chaffinch and her friends, and the boy Graham. Now, vulgarity was in the eyes of Miss Marjoribanks one of the deadly sins, and had not that lady appeared upon the scene in time there is little doubt but that Miss Alice Fairholme would in due course have become a very vulgar little girl indeed. But, as Miss Marjoribanks phrased it, she had "rescued" the child from her low associations, and now that she was twelve years old there was no trace of vulgarity whatever about Alice. The one link that bound her to the old life in Equity Court was Mrs. Chaffinch, but that lady's visits were few and far between. The child's mind had been unusually developed, and her expressions and mode of thought were not those of a little girl of twelve years old. She had become quaint and old-fashioned by constant association with Miss Marjoribanks, _but physically she was merely a blue-eyed, fair-haired child of twelve, of peculiar, aristocratic appearance, with a graceful, if rather prim manner, and a healthy constitution that would have done honour to a ploughman's offspring. Though she had the Kings and Queens of England at her fingers' ends, and though she possessed a fund of...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822404
  • 9781236822406