The Seven Wise Scholars, by Ascott R. Hope

The Seven Wise Scholars, by Ascott R. Hope

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...managed to get out of bed on the wrong side that morning, and felt himself in a bad humour with everybody and everything, when he had expected to be as happy as the day was long. Thatwas why he said--"Ido wish things were different! Nothing ever turns out as I wish it. I should like to turn it all upside down, and see if I couldn't get p on better."?/, Wandering up the river-side to nurse his discontent all by himself, hot, crossandoutof sorts, he could think of nothing better to do than have a bathe. He came to a corner of the grassy bank overhanging a deep dark pool which the country people about declared to be bottomless. Here, as he had learned to swim during his last school term, Ted proposed to wash away his troubles. "What a nuisance it is--nothing but buttoning and unbuttoning from morning to night!" he grumbled to himself, as he began to undress. "And having to wash your hands and face, too, even when the water I4O DROWNING CARE. is freezing. I wish I was a frog or an eel, or a seaserpent, or something. They are always cool and clean, at any rate, without taking any trouble about it, and don't need any bootlaces, and can lie in bed as long as they like, I suppose, without their big brother coming to pull the blankets off them and flip them with a towel. That's all one gets by being a boy in this world! I am sick of it." In two or three minutes, Ted had cast off his clothes, throwing them down as if they were to blame for the trouble they gave him, and stood on the bank naked as any tadpole. Then he sat for a little with his knees drawn up to his chin, abandoned to dismal meditation on the wrongness of things in general. You might have guessed from his doleful looks that he thought of drowning himself, but more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652894
  • 9781236652898