Twenty Nine Tales from the French

Twenty Nine Tales from the French

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...who had witnessed the dive and watched for my reappearance. The English are a simple people; a trifle amuses them; they even seem to prefer that it should be a trifle. Some of them told me that they had not observed my oversight until the moment when I was planing down; others admitted, with candid cynicism, that frhey had seen it in time, and could have warned me of it, but that they refrained from doing so, because they had such a curiosity to know from actual experience how a wrist-watch would behave when plunged into cold water. And they all asked in chorus: "Has it stopped?" For they are passionately fond of the theater, and it is the final scene that interests them. I noticed James D because he was the most outspoken and the noisiest of the group. He was then twenty-two years of age, and what the English call, without false modesty, a splendid fellow. It was no so much his size and build that distinguished him from the others; it was his fine face; the eyes so frank, yet so roguish, a look so full of life's joy, its health and its beauty. No one could go near him without wishing to share the vitality that radiated from both body and mind. I asked him to tell me his name, a favor I asked of no one else. I was well aware of the solecism I was committing, nor was he less so; but he appeared to be flattered by my request. He flushed perceptibly, slurred over his surname so that I could make little of it, and instead of his Christian name, gave me its diminutive, Jimmy. After which, as they kept pointing me out to all the members who came to bathe as "the man who dives with his watch on," as they kept asking me, "Is it going?" and as this kind of celebrity did not please me, I dressed hastily and took...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236874722
  • 9781236874726