Pen's Perplexities

Pen's Perplexities

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...twisted into a knot on the very top of her head, and her attire was no less original--a short, very full, grey skirt, displaying a pair of thick shoes and knitted stockings, and a full calico camisole, over which was crossed a scarlet handkerchief, or shawl, tied at the back--altogether a striking, original figure. "You're one of those temperance lot/' she cried, seeing that Pen did not offer to move. "You are quite mistaken/' said Pen, with all the dignity she could command. "I am a young lady; and I only came to beg for a glass of milk." "We don't want strangers hanging about," continued the woman, sulkily. At this moment a door opened inside the cottage, and a man appeared--a gentleman rather, Pen would have thought, had the surroundings been different. He was a tall, dignified-looking man, with long iron-grey hair, clad in a bright-patterned dressing-gown and embroidered cap. The woman began pouring out a long tale as to how there was some one else worrying, and wouldn't go away. "This young lady," he said quietly, with a glanca at Pen, " is quite different. You are mistaken, madam. Have you inquired her object?" The woman began another vehement remonstrance, which he cut short by-turning to Pen herself for an explanation, the result of which was a polite invitation to enter and rest. This having been gratefully accepted, Pen began to think about returning, and asked the way back. Her host informed her of a short way, which he politely offered to show her. "You must know," he said to her, with an air of mysterious confidence, "it is my wish to live here in great retirement for many reasons. We are surrounded by a population of agricultural labourers, not congenial to my...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759958
  • 9781236759955