The Poet at the Breakfast Table, January to June

The Poet at the Breakfast Table, January to June

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... and telling you what I thought.)--What you want is encouragement, my dear, --said I, --I know that as well as you. I don't think the fellows that write such criticisms as you tell me of want to correct your faults. I don't mean to say that you can learn nothing from them, because they are not all fools by any means, and they will often pick out your weak point3 with a malignant sagacity, as a pettifogging lawyer will frequently find a real flaw in trying to get at everything he can quibble about. But is there nobody who will praise you generously when you do well, --nobody that will lend you a hand now while you want it, --or must they all wait until you have made yourself a name among strangers, and then all at once find out that you have something in you? O, --said the girl, and the bright film gathered too fast for her young eyes to hold much longer, --I ought not to be ungrateful! I have found the kindest friend in the world. Have you ever heard the lady--the one that I sit next to at the table--say anything about me? I have not really made her acquaintance, I said. She seems to me a little distant in her manners, and I have respected her pretty evident liking for keeping mostly to herself.--O, but when you once do know her! I don't believe I could write stories all the time as I do, if she didn't ask me up to her chamber, and let me read them to her. Do you know, I can make her laugh and cry, reading my poor stories? And sometimes, when I feel as if I had written out all there is in me, and want to lie down and go to sleep and never wake up except in a world where there are no weekly papers, --when everything goes wrong, like a car off the track, --she takes hold and sets me on the rails again all right.--How does she go to work to help you?--Why, ...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543866
  • 9781236543868