Ready-Money Mortiboy; A Matter-Of-Fact Story Volume 2

Ready-Money Mortiboy; A Matter-Of-Fact Story Volume 2

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...mean to put her into prison, and bring her to utter shame and misery. He was ' always tender to criminals--not from any self-com punctions or prickings of conscience, but chiefly from the mental attitude of resistance to law into which his roving years had put him. Could not a compromise be effected? Suppose she were to go away, and be silent about it all? Suppose--but, in short, he would wait a little. Then he thought of Grace. Free, free at last! The follies of his youth trampled down and forgotten! Love before him, and a peaceful life, such as he yearned after, away in some garden of pleasant England, hand in hand with Grace! Polly's chance was slender. He went home to little Bill. It took some days to teach the child that mankind at large, though strangers, were not his mortal enemies. He learned the smaller lessons--those of propriety and the habits of civilization--easily enough, because he had nothing to unlearn, never having had any manners at all. He was a gentle child, too--submissive and docile. His worst difficulty, of course, was his language, which he readily perceived was not the same as that employed by his patron. He used to listen to what people said, and then go away and imitate them in a corner--gestures, and voice, and all. A perfectly wild boy: as untaught--save from the few lessons which he had got from Thoozy--as regards the outer world, as if he had been born in a desert and reared on the top of a mountain. A boy whose mind was like wax to receive impressions--a blank waxen tablet, for the stylus of Dick to work upon. Bad things he knew, after a fashion; but as they had never been called bad to him, of course it did not matter. As Euripides has explained, we only know what is bad by the canon of what more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236868641
  • 9781236868640