The Simple Flower and Other Tales

The Simple Flower and Other Tales

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...who had a house in that part of the country, long unoccupied, had determined to spend the summer months there; and that his son was come down to see it put in order. This event roused Hardy. " Surely," said he, 'the young Lord will not pass by an old servant of his father's, to employ this upstart whom no-body knows. I shall take care to put myself in his way." Very soon after, Hardy had an opportunity of meeting his Lordship, who was walking with a friend; and it so happened, that the gentleman was then advising him to employ Steele, in executing the necessary repairs of the house. Hardy made a low bow, and looked wistfully at them as he passed. The young nobleman called him back, and it may be supposed, that he obeyed with no small joy; and when asked whether he would engage to perform some work at the castle, within a given time, he was as ready as ever with his promises of dispatch and punctuality. " This is not what I want," said his Lordship, " you are engaging to do more than I can reasonably expect, and such hasty promises gener-ally lead to disappointment. There is occasion for much work in your line at the castle; and I mean to employ both you and the other carpenter. I shall then judge of your respective abilities and application." Hardy was not particularly pleased at hearing this; he had hoped to have the sole superintendence of the men employed; but relying on his own skill and sagacity, he doubted not but that ultimately he would triumph over Steele. Returning home, he told his wife how affably the young Lord had spoken to him; and pre pared to brighten his rusty tools. " What a grand thing a Lord must be!" exclaimed one of the children; " what is he like, father?" " Like any other gentleman, as far as I can see; he is a fine young...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672380
  • 9781236672384