Martin Noble; Or, a Boy's Experience of London Life

Martin Noble; Or, a Boy's Experience of London Life

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...Oh, how he groaned in spirit at his inability to help her. Oh, the curse of poverty! Then he called to mind his own wrongs. The thousands of which he had been cruelly robbed. He had never known till now, how great an injury had been inflicted on him. Why, if his money had not been stolen he could have relieved the dear old woman from her distress in a moment, and secured comfort to her for the rest of her life. After awhile, he dried his eyes and made towards the village, bent on trying to learn something more of the fate of his friend. A few doors from Dagenham Church lived an old lady who kept an infant school, and sold lollipops to her scholars, thereby killing two birds with one stone. She did not exclude other children from participating in the toothsome sugar-stick or palate-seducing brandy snap, for which her shop was notorious, and so it chanced that Master Noble, in his very juvenile days had occasionally patronised the old lady's store. On her he now resolved to call. He doubted whether she would be at home. If not, he must direct his inquiries in some other quarter. Gaining Mrs. Shipman's abode, he unceremoniously laid his finger upon the latch and walked in. The instructress of the infant mind stood before him. She was a very thin upright woman, with very rosy cheeks, and weak eyes. The dressmaker had done nothing to assist nature in her case, for her clothes, like herself, were made very plain, and she presented one almost unbroken line from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet. Her manner of speaking was somewhat slow, and in reply to the earnest inquirer, she merely recapitulated the story that had already been told. "By all accounts," said the governess, "poor Mrs. Spicer had paid the price of her cottage over and over...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681487
  • 9781236681485