Only Just Once, and Other Stories

Only Just Once, 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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...reply, "and I was obliged to wait." So far this was true; but had he forgotten that he was detained quite five minutes talking to one of his schoolfellows? Dudley gained nothing by his false excuses; his parents knew perfectly well he would always make the case out to his own advantage, and consequently he was often blamed for what he had not done. When he was about ten years old, he was invited to spend the day at his uncle's, who had a large house and ground, a few miles from London. There were many attractions at Haddon Hall, and Dudley had been looking forward for many days to this visit. Little Arthur, who was an only child, had a pretty Shetland pony of his own, and he rode over on the day named to fetch his cousin. He was delighted to have him for a companion; he took him round the garden, showed him his pretty rabbits, promising to give him one to take home. They then agreed to a game at ball on the lawn. When they had been playing some time, Dudley exclaimed, "Come, Arthur, I'm tired of playing at ball; I have a mind to climb that tall tree in front of the green-house." So saying, he walked off, leaving Arthur to find the ball, which he had carelessly thrown among the laurels. The little boy followed soon after, and, passing the lawn, -stopped to look at a highly-prized tulip border of his father's; but what was his dismay when he saw no less than three of the beautiful flowers trodden down, and one broken entirely off the stem! He took the broken flower in his hand, and was walking slowly towards the house, when he heard Dudley's merry voice calling him. He took no notice at first, but the call was repeated; so he turned back, and went to his cousin, who was now half-way up the tree. "Holloa!" he cried, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653283X
  • 9781236532831