The Magic Mirror

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General Books LLC, 2012 - 130 pages
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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...rotundity of its person, it had made an excellent breakfast, ' let us start off for London at once, that we may have plenty of time to see the sights; that is to say, after I have called on a friend of mine who lives in St. Nicholas-in-the-Shambles.' But the pig took no notice of the invitation, and stolidly prepared a bed for itself in the corner of the shed. Doubtless a vivid reminiscence of the Borough Market--through which it would have to pass--was still fresh in its memory. It was nearly dark when the sacristan returned to the shed that evening. He appeared in perfect goodhumour with himself and all the world; and if his cheeks were not rosy, his nose was certainly slightly so. Altogether he presented the appearance of a person who had drunk a trifle more than was absolutely necessary for him, without being at all intoxicated. He hung up a bottle of wine under the roof, with some ham and some bread; and then, seating himself in his corner, he attempted to meditate, but did not succeed. He felt that evening especially the want of society, for even the pig lay fast asleep beside him, after a hearty supper in the turnip-field. He would have felt more comfortable if the imp had been there, although expressly sent to tempt him. The feeling of ennui grew on him till he found it almost insupportable, and at last he determined, although it was rather late in the day for a person connected with the Church to call upon a lone woman, to pay the widow a visit, and talk with her on moral subjects. The resolution was no sooner formed than he rose from his seat to put it in practice, and putting his cap on his head in a jaunty manner, he left the house. To his sore annoyance, however, the pig, which had been as still as a dormouse while he was in the...

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