Summer Legends

Summer Legends

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...began to swing like a pendulum again, and hummed at the same time, " Straight from the tavern I am coming." I could not yet become accustomed to the miracle, and for the sake of saying something, I said, "You seem to be well versed in drinking-songs." "So I think," answered the key. "Shall I perhaps sing you a 'Gaudeamus igitur, ' or, 'The professor gives no lecture to-day '? " " Let it be till another time. Singing might wake up the neighbors." " Very well," continued the talkative house-key, "then we will chat together. You are not sleepy yet? Shall I tell you to whom I am indebted for all my merry drinking-songs? Oh, those were fine times!" The house-key paused as if he were rummaging in the bottom of his memory. "I propose," he then continued, "that you lie down and put out the light. I can tell the story better in the dark." And I did as he wished. " I have never seen a handsomer youth," began the narrator, "than the one I am now going to tell you about. Everybody liked him, and so did I, although through him I have often been placed in a very awkward position. At that time he was a boy of about ten years, and looked roguishly out of a pair of large brown eyes. I was in the service of his parents, but had not yet come in contact with the merry Willie. So I was all the more delighted when the little fellow took me down one day from the nail, put me in his pocket and carried me out-doors. When we reached the city park he took me out and showed me to some boys who were his playfellows. The oldest one turned me over and over, looked into my mouth, and pronounced me fit to be used. For what purpose I learned soon enough. The boy took a file out of his pocket and began to rasp me, so that sight and hearing left me. When he had made a deep wound in...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123667250X
  • 9781236672506