A Yankee Boy's Success

A Yankee Boy's Success

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...are thrifty and saving, they seem to change completely when they come to Brussels. I had my first experience with boulevards during the first day of my stay in the city, and it was also my last. Being tired with walking, towards evening I came to one of the most attractive of them, and seeing so many people seated at the open cafes on the sidewalk, I decided to try a seat in one of them myself, just to see what such a thing was like. Of course I couldn't sit there without ordering something, and as I couldn't drink wine and didn't care for coffee, I decided to have a cup of chocolate, because I thought that would be both cheap and refreshing. After five minutes spent in trying to make the waiter understand what I wanted, and after he had brought out several mysterious bottles, he finally brought me a tiny cup of the desired beverage. I drank it all, for it was very good, what there was of it, and then I looked at the check he had given me. Imagine my feelings when I saw written thereon--t franc. I could have almost cried from disappointment and disgust. Here Iwas, living in an attic to save a few cents, and now I had to pay a whole franc for a little cup of chocolate. It was enough to make me ill, for no one can have any idea of my feelings about money during those days. But there was nothing to do but pay the price, though it was hard to do it. I knew that this piece of extravagance would make me economize in other things for many days, and I was already economizing as much as anybody can. I remembered, though, that I was learning from experience what to avoid in the future, but found this thought but poor comfort. The cafes, however, seem to be extremely popular with the Brussels people, many of whom spend a good part of their...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768426
  • 9781236768421