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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...wear coats." "I was only wool when I grew on the sheep," replied the voice; "and a very pleasant life we led together, spending all the day in the green fields, and resting at night on the grass. Sometimes, indeed, the sheep rubbed himself so roughly against the trees and gates, that I was afraid of being torn off; and sometimes the birds came and picked off a few flakes of the wool to line their nests, and make them soft and warm for their young--but they took so little that I could easily spare it. "We had long led this quiet life together, when one day there was a great alarm. The shepherd and his dog drove all the sheep into a fold, and then took them out one by one and washed them in a stream of water which ran close by. The sheep on which I grew was sadly frightened when his turn came; and for my part I could not imagine what they were, going to do with me, they rubbed and scrubbed me so much. But when it was over, I looked so very white, that I was quite vain of my beauty, and I thought we were now to return and frisk and gambol in the meadow, as we had done before. But, alas! the sheep and I were going to be parted for ever; and I was never more to behold the fresh grass on which I had rested with so much pleasure. "Instead of setting the sheep at liberty, the shepherd took out a large pair of shears. Only imagine our terror!--the poor sheep, I believe, thought his head was going to be cut off, and began to bleat most piteously; but the shepherd, without attending to his cries, held him down and began cutting me off close to his skin. When the sheep found that the shears did not hurt him, he remained quiet: it was then my turn to be frightened. It is true that the shears did not hurt me either, because I...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500385
  • 9781236500380