Sturdy and Strong

Sturdy and Strong

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Excerpt: ...getting on for sixteen years old. Now I must clear this table again and get to work; I promised these four bonnets should be sent in to-morrow morning, and there's lots to be done to them yet." It was three weeks before the boys were able to go to work again. The foreman came round on Saturdays with their wages. Mr. Penrose called again; this time they were out, but he chatted for some time with Mrs. Andrews. "I don't wish to pry into your affairs, Mrs. Andrews," he said, after asking about the boys; "but I have a motive for asking if your son has, as I suppose he has, from his way of speaking, had a fair education." "He was at school up to the age of twelve," Mrs. Andrews said quietly; "circumstances at that time Pg 145 obliged me to remove him; but I have since done what I could myself towards continuing his education, and he still works regularly of an evening." "Why I ask, Mrs. Andrews, was that I should like in time to place him in the counting-house. I say in time, because I think it will be better for him for the next two or three years to continue to work in the shops. I will have him moved from shop to shop so as to learn thoroughly the various branches of the business. That is what I should do had I a son of my own to bring into the business. It will make him more valuable afterwards, and fit him to take a good position either in my shops or in any similar business should an opening occur." "I am greatly obliged to you, sir," Mrs. Andrews said gratefully; "though I say it myself, a better boy never lived." "I am sure he is by what I have heard of him, and I shall be only too glad, after the service he has rendered me, to do everything in my power to push him forward. His friend, I hear, has not had the same advantages. At the time I first saw him he looked a regular young arab." "So he was, sir; but he is a fine young fellow. He was very kind to my boy when he was alone in London, and gave up his former life to be with him. George more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236733053
  • 9781236733054