The Telegraph Boy

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General Books LLC, Mar 15, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 92 pages
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Excerpt: ...invitation," said Frank, quite at ease. "How do you two happen to know each other?" asked Fred. "We met in the country last summer," said Frank, finding Victor did not answer. "I suppose you had a very good time together," said Mrs. Vivian. "Our acquaintance was very slight," said Victor superciliously. "We must have gone fishing together at least a dozen times," said Frank, quietly. "How in the world did the fellow thrust himself in here?" said Victor to himself. "They can't know his low position." In the amiable desire of enlightening the Vivians Victor took an early opportunity to draw Fred aside. "Have you known Frank Kavanagh long?" he asked. "Not very long." "Do you know that he is a telegraph boy?" "Oh, yes," answered Fred, smiling. "He used to be a newsboy, and sell papers in the lower part of the city." "I didn't know that," said Fred indifferently. "I must say that I am rather surprised to see him here." "Why?" asked Fred, with provoking calmness. "Oh, you know, he is much below us in a social point of view." "I know that he is a poor boy; but some of our most prominent men were once poor boys." "I don't believe in mixing up different ranks." "You didn't think so in the country last summer." "Oh, well, a fellow must have some company, and there was no better to be had." "You will probably be surprised to hear that your old acquaintance is to live here while I am in the country. I am going away to-morrow to spend a few weeks with my cousin." "Is it possible!" exclaimed Victor, in surprise and annoyance. "Perhaps he is to be here as an errand boy?" he suggested, evidently relieved by the idea. "Oh, no; he will be treated in all respects as one of the family." "Hadn't you better tell your mother that he was once a newsboy? She might recall the invitation." "It would make no difference with her. It seems to me, Victor, you are prejudiced against Frank." "No, I am not; but I like to see newsboys and telegraph messengers keep their place." "So...

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Hildegard Hoeller is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She is the author of "Edith Wharton's Dialogue with Realism and Sentimental Fiction" and co-author, with Rebecca Brittenheim, of "Key Words for Academic Writers". Her essays on nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature have appeared in many journals, among them "American Literature, Studies in American Fiction", and "American Literary Realism".

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