'Nothing to You'

'Nothing to You'

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...the shepherd do but look after the lost lambs?" "Aye, sir, true enough, and she do be a lost lamb, more's the pity, poor little stray!" said Mrs. Rogers. "I trust she's nearly found now," was the cheerful reply. "Come here, my little maid," he continued, "and tell me your name." "Scarecrow," answered the girl, "leastways that's what they used to call me in Paradise Court; but Mrs. Rogers calls me Scarry, and I likes it better." "What made them call you Scarecrow?" asked Mr. Wendal, who, though, of course, Mr. Hunter had told him all he knew of the child, wished to hear her answer for herself. "'Cause as W," said the child, "I'd got such long legs and arms, and ne'er a bit o' flesh on 'em, as folks says down there, I were for all the world like somethin' they puts up in the country to scare the birds--not that I've ever seen one on 'em; but mother says that name did well enough, as I hadn't got a right proper one. I don't see no scarecrows here though," she concluded. "This is not the country, my child," said Mr. Wendal. "Certain sure, ain't it now?" said Scarecrow, "well, but I see some grass t'other day, and folks down our way always telled me as 'ovv grass growed in the country." My reader will have learnt before this that Scarecrow, or Scarry, as we will now call her, was not troubled with shyness; indeed, Mrs. Rogers, schooled in her early life in the respectful demeanour which was taught the poorer classes some seventy years ago, would fain have checked her; it was a mystery to the good, simple-hearted old dame how this child could talk so familiarly to her superiors, and, above all, to the parson, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909372
  • 9781236909374