Our Old Town [Gainsborough]

Our Old Town [Gainsborough]

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... he would reply, ' Because the world's upside down with poor Old Joe.' That poor crazed man was once the great banker of Our Old Town, and had occupied the finest modern mansion in the market-place. He failed and never looked up afterwards; he gave up all he possessed in the world to his hard-hearted creditors, even to the gold mourning ring he wore in memory of the beautiful young wife he had lost; they returned him nothing, and he became a poor harmless idiot, who lived upon the charity of a little industrious old woman that had once been his cook. A little child could make him tremble and run away, by telling him that his creditors were coming to take him to the county jail. Sometimes he would sit on one of the low ornamental posts, from which chains were suspended before the splendid mansion that had once been his own, and when a crowd gathered round him, he would point to the windows, and tell them what furniture each room contained; and now and then amid the group might be seen a greyheaded man or two, who after listening to him would say, 'Ay ay it's all true what he says, poor Old Joe was a kind good master.' Thdse old men had been his servants in the days of his prosperity, and were too poor to render him any assistance; nor did he require much, while his industrious little cook was able to work. Sometimes he would sit down, and counting his fingers, try to number the names of those who had banked with him, and to enumerate the vast sums he once had in his possession. The poor little old cook, who scarcely reached up to his elbow--for he was full six feet high, and had stood higher before his troubles made him stoop--used to take hold of his hand when she walked out with him, and talk to him, just as she would have done to a child, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493311
  • 9781236493316