Money, and Its Influence; A Tale

Money, and Its Influence; 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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...or a mind to be idle! It won't do-it won't do at all, and you might have known that! You sliouldn't have disturbed me for anything so trivial! " Gunther looked down sadly and silently for a time, whilst a conflict was going on within him. Then, without showing the indignation he felt, he answered: "Do you call that trivial, Mr. Martin, when an honest and industrious family is in danger of dying of hunger and misery? Follow me to Hildebrand's hut, and see with your own eyes the misery which I have witnessed with a bleeding heart, because I am too poor to help them, whereas you can do so, so easily! Yes, I have been there, and have given them the mite that my poverty enabled me to offer. The poor unfortunate Hildebrand lay on a heap of leaves, only scantily covered with rags, and the fever was exhausting him! His good, active wife was holding the sick man's head on her lap, and was consoling him, whilst tears of sorrow were rolling down her pale sunken cheeks! The five children had clustered round the stove, in which there was a miserable bit of fire, and were weeping for hunger and cold! It was a sight that would have melted a heart of stone, and had you seen it, Mr. Martin, your heart would also have been touched by it! That is not trivial, but the height of human suffering, and you, if you would be human, must help them, for being rich, you can afford to do so." " I must," said Martin, angrily. " There I beg to differ from you. Who can force me to do anything? So I am required to squander away my bit of property to all the world. There would soon be an end of it, indeed! Not a word more, Gunther! I'll hear nothing more. The wife has been here already, early this...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236928679
  • 9781236928672