On the Doorsteps; Or, Crispin's Story

On the Doorsteps; Or, Crispin's Story

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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: ...in as if you'd seen a ghost, and says, ' How's Uncle Ned?' and I says, 'Bless the child, he's all right. Did you think he was dying?'" "Well, though he did say he was better for days, I was in a fright, thinking perhaps he'd drop down dead or something. But he didn't, so I s'pose books ain't always right." A few days after the gown-piece had been bought a heavy fall of snow came. Gipsy went on sweeping for the greengrocer, though it was no longer a secret, and some of the charm and fun of it had in consequence passed away. Still Gipsy liked bringing his sixpence a week to Leah, and I think he thought it went a good way towards keeping him. It was Saturday night, all the doors were shut as tightly as they would shut to keep out the cold. Leah had been giving Gip his tub, and he sat in his nightgown and with Leah's blanketshawl over it before the fire, eating a piece of toast and drinking some coffee. Leah was bustling about the shop, tidying it up for Sunday, and on a chair lay a heap of clean well-mended clothes, ready for Gip to put on to be in time for Sunday school. The snow was falling fast and the wind whistled in the chimneys. Ned was reading the paper in his chair by the fire, and every now and then he read out anything that struck him as interesting. There was a scratching at the door. "What's that," said Gipsy. "Oh, nothing," said Leah; "you make haste and go to bed, that's a good boy!" "There it is again," said Gip, as the scratching was repeated, accompanied by a piteous whine. "Oh, it's only those horrid cats. I believe the cats'-meat man pays folks to keep 'em. The court's full of 'em. What people have to do with cats who haven't food enough to give their children I can't...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519442
  • 9781236519443