The Wishing-Cap Papers

The Wishing-Cap Papers

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...her image appears as vivid to me as if I saw it carved at the top of her stick. She was the terror and delight of all children; alternately frightening them to death with goblin tricks, and putting them in Paradise with indescribable dumplings. What a difference between her and another old lady whom I knew, who lived in a great house by Paddington Church, and was herself frightened to death, and worse, by Calvinism! She was one of the kindest women in the world; but she " lived well," and did not move about like the other, which would have kept her blood from stagnating in that infernal lake. I know not to which of the houses it was, but I think to the smaller one that belonged those divine green rails, which used to dance before me by anticipation all the way from home, like a fairy prospect. There are no such rails now, as the old gentleman in Gil Bias said of the peaches. And yet I have a pleasure in seeing imitations of them too, especially in a poor suburb. I know not which is the pleasanter way to Hainpstead, the one up Kilburn Lane through West End, or the one over the beautiful meadows that ascend to the church. Upon the whole, however, I am for the latter, and you generally go that way; so here is a vade-mecum to read again, as you take your journey; for that you must read it in the fields, and in those identical fields, is certain. If you are obliged to read it aloud, I shall not quarrel; nor even if you are all happy in hearing it; since I shall only gnash my teeth with impatience, when I receive the news, which is what I am inclined to do every week when I think of every friend I have; so it does not much signify. Out of forty thousand impatiences comes patience. I am " used to it," like the eels. B. shall write me an account of it, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677412
  • 9781236677419