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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...paying afternoon calls on Braughtford ladies), yet it soon became evident to Mrs. Pond that her boy was sadly changed. The Indian climate had really gone far to ruin his health, she thought; and though he reported himself to be as well as he ever was in his life, she watched him with anxiety, while Poppelwell devoted her energies to cooking the dainties that he had formerly loved. Philippa, who was partly behind the scenes, did not dare to talk to Cuthbert on the one subject that he persistently avoided. He kept out of her way too at first, giving up his mornings to solitude and letter-writing, and his afternoons exclusively to Aunt Molly and her friends. But this state of things was not likely to last long. Cuthbert Pond had not the kind of nature to keep his grievances to himself. It was a lovely July morning, following a week's rain, when he lounged into the room where Philippa was sitting. She looked up from her writing with a pleased smile. He had come to suggest that it was a good day for the river; would she care to go out in the boat? In a moment she put down her pen and said she was quite at his service, if he would only wait while she talked to Poppelwell about the luncheon-basket. It was a time-honoured institution at No. 24 (dating from the summer when Cuthbert had been declared old enough and skilful enough to be trusted with Philippa in the boat) that the young people required sustenance after such violent exertion as sculling. To-day Philippa was let off with sandwiches and strawberries. 'And be sure, Miss Philippa, ' said Poppelwell, 'that you don't get rowing and overheat yourself. Chills are most dangerous in the warm weather.' 'I don't mean to do any work, Poppelwell, so I can't come to any harm.' 'Good-bye, Miss; I hope you...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 9781236539083