Three Christmas Eves, by the Author of 'The Cottage on the Shore'

Three Christmas Eves, by the Author of 'The Cottage on the Shore'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...boarding-house, to which he had gone for shelter; and being friendless and homeless, and too ill to care much what became of him, he had crawled along the river side, with some thought of finding shelter for the night in one of the barges; but he was too weak, and had fallen down, as he thought, to die, when Nicholas touched him as he passed, and stopped to look. By the time the boy had revived enough to tell them his story, which the captain heard, standing with his back to them, and drubbing with his fingers all the time on the little window, it was long past ten o'clock, and Kobin felt tired and unhappy. He would not go to his hammock, and yet it made him feel miserable to see Nicholas bending over the sick boy, and soothing him 'with gentle words. Eobin had not known before how much he loved Nicholas, and now he began to tell himself that his friend did not really care for him, that he spoke just as kindly to this strange boy. "I dare say he would like me to go, and let this other boy stay in my place," thought Eobin; "and I will go too, and if I'm starved, it won't matter: nobody cares for me in all the world." He was so absorbed in these thoughts, that he did not hear the whispered talk between the captain and his son, as to where the sick boy had best be put for the night, until Nicholas turned round, and saying aloud, "Yes, father, I think that will be best," came up to Eobin, and said in a low voice, "Eobin, you won't mind sleeping on the cabin floor to-night, and letting the poor lad have your hammock, will you? 'Twill be softer for him, poor fellow!" Eobin did not answer, only turned a little away with an angry frown on his face, for he did not like to meet the sorrowful gaze, which he...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236763211
  • 9781236763211