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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...for her neighbours. They had a spare bedroom in their cottage which they sometimes let. Their means were small, in spite of their industry. When it was known in the village that the squire was looking out for some family with whom to board Gabriel, Widow French went to the Abbey and asked whether she might have him. "But my good Mrs. French," said the squire, "are you sure that you have well counted the cost of taking charge of this gipsy lad? by which I mean, have you considered that he will probably prove a very troublesome inmate? He has been allowed to run wild all his life, and will, I suspect, need a good deal of taming and managing." "I don't feel afraid, sir," said the widow. "I have brought up two sons of my own, who have now gone to service, and you know, sir, how well they have turned out. My husband died before they were twelve years old, and I'm sure I was sadly afraid they might prove too much for me, with no father to look after them, but I found the way to manage them, and they never gave me much trouble. I shouldn't feel afraid of taking Gabriel to live with us, and I'd make him comfortable, and do my, best for him if he came." "And you are prepared to have all sorts of F tricks played you, my good woman?" said the squire; "for to judge by the boy's face, he is full of fun and roguery." "Boys will be boys, sir, and folks must bear with them. If only they speak the truth and are honest, I can put up with all the rest." The squire knew the widow and her daughter to be as worthy people as any in the village. He was strongly of opinion that it would be better not to board Gabriel in a family where there were boys. He was afraid lest his roving gipsy habits...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236934008
  • 9781236934000