Holyday Tales

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G.S. Appleton, 1845 - Children's stories, American - 120 pages
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Page 125 - PREFACE. —In writing the following puges, my most earnest desire has been to awaken in the hearts of little children, kindly and affectionate feelings towards each other, submission and loving confidence towards their parents, and reverence and love towards God. This I have attempted in describing scenes and objects most of which must l/fe familiar to every child.
Page 47 - MR. BULL sat pondering in his chair all that evening, so that his wife complained she could not get a word out of him. All night he lay without a wink of sleep, first turning to this side, and next to that, in great perplexity of mind. The next day he passed partly in his study, and partly walking up and down the gravel walk, with his hands in his pockets, in deep meditation. When the evening was come, and they were again alone together at tea (a meal at which Mr. Bull was accustomed to be more than...
Page 40 - Bony!" and hum a verse of his favorite song : — " While by our commerce and arts we are able To see the sirloin smoking hot on the table, The French may e'en burst like the frog in the fable. O, the roast beef of old England, And O, the old English roast beef!
Page 53 - WELL, wife," said Mr. Bull, " what do you think of our new servant ?" " Why, he is a useful sort of giant," said Mrs. Bull. " We must find another job for him, now that he has cleared out the pit. What shall it be ?" Mrs. Bull, who, like her husband, had an eye to what was useful, said, " Don't you think, dear, that the giant might make us a good piece of broad cloth for winter clothing?
Page 54 - ... And I shall want a few hands," he added, " to bring me coke and other refreshments." " Well, suppose we send to the workhouse — there are a good many idle fellows there ; it will be a nice job for them." So the giant set to work at weaving, and soon produced a fine large piece of broad cloth, enough to clothe the whole family from top to toe. " I have been thinking," said Mrs. Bull, " that now Watty is at work (for they had got quite familiar with the giant, and used to call him Atty, or more...
Page 124 - Modern Society, &c. &c. One volume, 12mo., 75 cents. SHETLAND AND THE SHETLANDERS; Or, the Northern Circuit. By Catharine...
Page 45 - how do I know that this is all true ? — what token can you give me that it is a reality?" " Oh, you want a token ?" said the giant, with a cunning look ; " let this be your token : " and with that he raised his massive crow-bar, which was red-hot, and gently touching Mr. Bull's toe, vanished with a loud laugh amidst a cloud of smoke and steam. Mr. Bull started from his chair in an agony of pain, and the giant was nowhere to be seen ; only the tea-kettle had boiled over, and was pouring from its...
Page 48 - Yesterday evening, in this very room," answered Mr. Bull ; " and if you like, you shall see him too." It was a hard struggle which took place in the good lady's breast between her fears and her curiosity ; however, the latter prevailed, and she signified her determination to be introduced to the gigantic visitor. Accordingly, when the servant had removed the tea-things from the table, Mr. Bull said — " Thomas, you may leave the tea-kettle.
Page 40 - ... well to do in the world, upright, honest, and hospitable, but rather too fond of money. To be sure, he had a large and increasing family, and was naturally anxious to provide a maintenance for them. But, to say the truth, he was very fond of making himself comfortable ; and fell, like many others, into the error of thinking that the only way of doing so was by making himself rich. It was Mr. Bull's custom, after dinner, when Mrs. Bull had withdrawn, to sit and ruminate on things in general —...
Page 44 - You seem able-bodied enough,' said Mr. Bull, ' there is no denying that; and what wages do you ask ? ' The giant paused a moment ; and Mr. Bull awaited his reply. " ' Well, sir,' said he at last, ' I will tell you what. Though I look so strong, I cannot live without a good fire. My constitution requires a good deal of heat ; so if you will keep me well in fuel out of your coal-pits, I will engage to work for you.

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