My Day with the Hounds, and Other Stories

My Day with the Hounds, and Other Stories

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...So off I go; and, having duly dressed and weighed, don my great coat, and wait for the important event of the day. CHAPTER III. "who's that young chap?" I overhear a horsey-looking customer, in a heavy white great coat and a blue bird's-eye tie (the latter article showing off the brilliant crimson colour of his countenance to much advantage), ask his friend. "I niver see 'im afore to my knowledge. Can he ride any?" I try to look as if it was anything but my first appearance in silk; but I fear the attempt is rather a failure. "Hang it; I wish I hadn't smoked those two cigars last night," I think to myself. I wonder if Charlie has got a flask in his pocket; I feel as if I should like some jumping powder. Tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, goes the bell again close by. It is the second race; and Charlie was right when he prognosticated a walk over. The dreaded Mr. George rides him, too. Here he comes, and very business-like that gentleman looks--a short stumpy man, with reddish hair and a pair of twinkling eyes that seem to take in everything in one comprehensive glance. Need I say he sports a most elaborate white tie, wears undeniable boots and breeches, and is altogether the perfect model of a gentleman rider. He just trots his horse gently down the course to beyond the gorse-topped hurdles, and then, turning sharp round, sets him going, and jumps them in his stride, cantering home again, rising in his stirrups and patting his horse's neck, in all the pride of masterly horsemanship. I think there is no finer sight in this world than to see a real good horse striding along in his canter, with a horseman on his back, the pair seeming made for each other. One can almost fancy the quadruped saying, as he goes sweeping gracefully...
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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560361
  • 9781236560360