The Unkind Word and Other Stories; In Two Volumes Volume 1

The Unkind Word and Other Stories; In Two Volumes Volume 1

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...very fast. At sunset their course was due west. Every one was on the alert. No man on board the three ships. went to sleep that night. Columbus took his place on the top of the cabin. IIe was glad to be alone just on the eve of the long-looked-for event. 117il: eye was keen, and on the strain, through the deep, still, shades of night. All at once, about ten o'clock, he thought he saw a light far of. Lest hope should mislead him, he called up a man to his side. I"es--there again--it surely was a light. T hey called the mate. Yes; he, too, was sure of the same: and then it was gone, and soon they all saw it again. It might be a torch in the bark of some fisherman, rising and sinking with the waves, or a light in the hand of a man on shore, moving here and there. Thus Columbus KNEW that land was there, with men upon it. What words can tell the jqy qf his brave and noble soul!." The boy who could read this passage (told so graphically that we wish many a historian would take a lesson from Sarah Crompton's "short words") without a thrill of emotion that may give the first impulse to the chance of becoming himself a great man, must bea very common-minded boy indeed. A less complete, and yet very pleasant book, is "Days of Old;" though, as a child's book, not quite satisfactory. We should say, from internal evidence, that the writer has not so long passed the season of childhood as to be able clearly to see its requirements. She---for the style is essentially feminine--falls into the common error of "writing down to children;" that is, of presenting the ideas of a grown-up person in the language of a child. Now the first necessity to secure the attention of little people, is to make...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544633
  • 9781236544636