Seagull Rock, Tr. by R. Black

Seagull Rock, Tr. by R. Black

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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: ...on one of the shelves of her side-stand a little rustic surgery; and, like most mothers, she understood the treatment of sores, wounds, and bruises. She bathed the bad finger, re-set the nail, put together the pieces of flesh, tied them in bandages, and covered up the whole with a finger-stall which she had cut during the operation, and which she adjusted by means of two strings tied in a knot round his wrist, and all with perfect simplicity, with the natural grace she brought to bear upon every thing. This scene, which took place in the presence of little Mark, had been one of the sweetest, surest, most fertile lessons he could have had. Through seeing the poor mendicant insulted by some, hustled by others, and hunted like a wild beast by all the young rascals of the hamlet, Mark had come to feel towards him a sentiment of compassion which almost bordered upon affection in his childish way of showing it. He no longer addressed him save with the prettinesses of his age, as if he felt that mere giving was not enough, and that the halfpenny ought to be offered with all the grace of a regular present. He had a way of passing his hand over the other's face, and saying, ' Poor Bibia! poor old Bibia!' which rooted the other to the spot, and plunged him in a profound reverie. More than once, by his example or his entreaties, he had stopped the pack which was hunting him. Lastly, he liked to see him fishing on the beach with no tackle but his long crooked fingers; and nothing was more charming than to see this pretty child beside that unclean monster, buzzing about him like a bee, clapping his hands and uttering shouts of joy at every take he threw at his feet. As for the idiot, those tokens of kindness from mother and son seemed to awaken in him nothing...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236666755
  • 9781236666758