Martin Rattler was a very bad boy. At least his aunt, Mrs. Dorothy Grumbit, said so; and certainly she ought to have known, if anybody should, for Martin lived with her, and was, as she herself expressed it, "the bane of her existence, - the very torment of her life." No doubt of it whatever, according to Aunt Dorothy Grumbit's showing, Martin Rattler was "a remarkably bad boy." It is a curious fact, however, that, although most of the people in the village of Ashford seemed to agree with Mrs. Grumbit in her opinion of Martin, there were very few of them who did not smile cheerfully on the child when they met him, and say, "Good day, lad!" as heartily as if they thought him the best boy in the place. No one seemed to bear Martin Rattler ill-will, notwithstanding his alleged badness. Men laughed when they said he was a bad boy, as if they did not quite believe their own assertion. The vicar, an old whiteheaded man, with a kind, hearty countenance, said that the child was full of mischief, full of mischief; but he would improve as he grew older, he was quite certain of that.
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1 THE HERO AND HIS ONLY RELATIVE
2 IN DISGRACE
3 THE GREAT FIGHT
4 A LESSON TO ALL STOCKINGKNITTERS MARTINS PROSPECTS BEGIN TO OPEN UP
5 MARTIN BEING WILLING TO GO TO SEA GOES TO SEA AGAINST HIS WILL
6 THE VOYAGE A PIRATE CHASE WRECK AND ESCAPE
7 MARTIN AND BARNEY GET LOST IN A GREAT FOREST WHERE THEY SEE STRANGE AND TERRIBLE THINGS
8 AN ENCHANTING LAND AN UNCOMFORTABLE BED AND A QUEER BREAKFAST MANY SURPRISES AND A FEW FRIGHTS TOGET...
16 AN ALLIGATOR HUNT REMARKABLE EXPLOSIONS THE RAINY SEASON USHERED IN BY AN AWFUL RESURRECTION
17 THE CAPO INTERRUPTIONS GRAMPUS AND MARMOSET CANOEING IN THE WOODS A NIGHT ON A FLOATING ISLAND
18 THE SAD AND MOMENTOUS ERA REFERRED TO AT THE CLOSE OF THE CHAPTER PRECEDING THE LAST
19 WORSE AND WORSE EVERYTHING SEEMS TO GO WRONG TOGETHER
20 MARTIN REFLECTS MUCH AND FORMS A FIRM RESOLVE THE INDIAN VILLAGE
21 SAVAGE FEASTS AND ORNAMENTS MARTIN GROWS DESPERATE AND MAKES A BOLD ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE
22 THE ESCAPE ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS FIGHT BETWEEN A JAGUAR AND AN ALLIGATOR MARTIN ENCOUNTERS STRANGE ...
23 MARTIN MEETS WITH FRIENDS AND VISITS THE DIAMOND MINES
9 THE HERMIT
10 AN ENEMY IN THE NIGHT THE VAMPIRE BAT THE HERMIT DISCOURSES ON STRANGE AND CURIOUS AND INTERESTING THINGS
11 THE HERMITS STORY
12 A HUNTING EXPEDITION IN WHICH ARE SEEN STONES THAT CAN RUN AND COWS THAT REQUIRE NO FOOD BESIDES A DESPE...
13 MARTIN AND BARNEY CONTINUE THEIR TRAVELS AND SEE STRANGE THINGS AMONG OTHERS THEY SEE LIVING JEWELS TH...
14 COGITATIONS AND CANOEING ON THE AMAZON BARNEYS EXPLOIT WITH AN ALLIGATOR STUBBORN FACTS REMARKABLE ...
15 THE GREAT ANACONDAS DINNER BARNEY GETS A FRIGHT TURTLES EGGS OMELETS AND ALLIGATORS TAILS SENHOR ANTO...
24 THE DIAMOND MINES MORE AND MORE ASTONISHING
25 NEW SCENES AND PLEASANT TRAVELLING
26 THE RETURN
27 THE OLD GARRET