The Way to Prosper, and Other Tales

The Way to Prosper, and Other Tales

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...another week. Money in Peter's pocket always made him feel uneasy. The fact that he possessed fourteen shillings and would receive two pounds on the next Saturday night, made him feel in a certain sense, rich; and privileged, therefore, to gratify any little want he might feel. The consequence was, that by the time the week ended, his fourteen shillings had wasted, how, he could hardly tell, until only six remained. This diminution troubled his mind, and caused him to form a resolution against the indulgence of a spending propensity. A pair of coarse pantaloons and a vest were bought on Saturday night; and the pleasure he felt in putting them on, strengthened his resolution to be careful about his expenditures. By the end of the next week he was able to supply himself with a new hat and a pair of half boots. The savings of three more weeks enabled him to purchase a coat. After this, pride in his personal appearance being awakened, he expended his earnings in handkerchiefs, shirts, and stockings, of which he was nearly destitute. Then a commoner coat for every day wear, a fine pair of pantaloons and a vest, and a pair of boots were obtained. All this was accomplished in the space of a few months. The change produced in the young man in consequence, was so great, that it is doubtful if his old master would have known him had he met him on the street. Yet, for all, Peter was far from being comfortable. He was but a runaway apprentice after all, and liable, he felt, at any moment, to be apprehended and sent back to his master. The danger of some printer from Boston getting work in the same office and recognizing him, was constantly before his eyes. He felt uneasy whenever a stranger entered the place. Regularly every Sunday he went round to...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236956583
  • 9781236956583