Roughing It in Van Diemen's Land Etc, by the Author of 'The Boy in the Bush'

Roughing It in Van Diemen's Land Etc, by the Author of 'The Boy in the Bush'

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...first spring in England; and more lovingly, because he was longing to get away from school, even more than he had longed to get away from Prendergast's. There were still a few more notches to be cut off his stick calendar, a few more squares to be blotted out on his card-board one--i.e., some four or five days and nights of the school-half had still to be got through (which, because they were the last, seemed to lengthen themselves out into a month) when Harry received a startling surprise. Afternoon school was over, and Harry was engaged in one of those listless games which fill up the leisure of the last few days at school, when the great blue gates opened and a fly drove up to the School-house. Harry, like the other boys whom it passed, looked into it, and saw a light-haired, blue-eyed, merry-faced young clergyman, but Harry knew nothing about him; so merely thinking what a much nicer parson he seemed than Daddy or Mr. Prendergast, Harry went on with his game. In about a quarter of an hour's time, however, a shout was raised for Delane, and he received orders to go up into the workroom and titivate himself, and then descend into the Governor's parlour, the grim room in which Mrs. Brown had first received him. The wardrobe-woman who combed and brushed his curly hair into something less like a marsh colt's mane than it had been five minutes before, could not tell him why he was wanted, and he entered the parlour in a bit of a twitter. There he found the Governor and his wife, and the pleasant-looking young clergyman, to whom he was introduced as Mr. Summers. "This gentleman," said Daddy, "is about to take for a time the duties of Mr. Prendergast, your former tutor, from whom you brought, I regret to say, no good character-: Mr....show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628241
  • 9781236628244