The Noble Printer and His Adopted Daughter

The Noble Printer and His Adopted Daughter

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... seemed to her to be so. dreadful a laugh, and so astonished her, that she felt more terrified than if he were to have frowned. Heilmann, it must be owned, looked something like a laughing hyena with his unnatural kind of mirth. He appeared to discover by the expression of the girl's countenance that she was more frightened at his laughing than at his usual gruff manner. 'I am fond of good little girls, ' said he. 'You do not seem to believe me, but I am. Be a good girl, and I will like you.' He laughed again. Sylvia had never seen nor heard a laughing hyena. Nevertheless, as it were by instinct, she felt the more alarmed the more he laughed, and was in two minds whether she should run out of the place or not. 'You have grown very much since I last saw you, ' continued he. 'You will soon, I should think, be big enough to help my friend Gutenberg in sewing the sheets of his books. There is nothing better than proper industry, my good girl. Idleness is the root of all evil. I daresay that you are even now rather handy to my friend Gutenberg, '--here Heilmann rubbed his hands, and laughed so much like a wild beast trying to be merry, that Sylvia almost trembled, --'especially, ' added he, 'during the fruit season.' He then laughed still louder. Sylvia this time was really in the act of leaving, when he stopped her. 'Wait for the answer to the letter, ' said he. 'I'll not keep you long. You are, I daresay, fond of plums. Sit down and eat away. I like to see young people happy, particularly little girls that bring me nice plums. Come, eat away; I tell you, eat as many as you like.' Sylvia disliked the man so much, that even the bribe of plums would not have tempted her to accept them from him. However, she recollected the command of Gutenberg to her...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850343
  • 9781236850348