Lion Ben of Elm Island

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Lee and Shepard, 1869 - Frontier and pioneer life - 265 pages
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Page 150 - She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Page 268 - Compared with her, all other book-children are cold creations of literature only ; she alone is the real thing. All the quaintness of childhood, its originality, its tenderness, and its teasing, — its infinite, unconscious drollery, the serious earnestness of its fun, the fun of its seriousness, the natural religion of its plays, and the delicious oddity of its prayers, — all these waited for dear little Prudy to embody them. Sam Weller is not more piquant ; Hans Andersen's nut-crackers and knitting-needles...
Page 268 - May must doubtless be a fancy name, by reason of the spelling, and we have only to be greatful that the author did not inflict on us the customary alliteration in her pseudonyme. The rare gift of delineating childhood is hers, and may the line of * Little Prudy ' go out to the end of the earth To those oversaturated with transatlantic traditions we recommend a course of ' Little Prudy," Sold by all booksellers and newsdealers, and sent by mail, post-paid, oa receipt of price.
Page 268 - Little Prudy.' Compared with her, all other book-children are cold creations of Literature only ; she alone is the real thing. All the...
Page 198 - ... and rough out-door sports, of that period, though a man's leg was broken now and then, or somebody killed outright, were infinitely preferable to the effeminate amusements of the present day, which turn boys into coxcombs and menmilliners, and destroy both soul and body. Nothing was more agreeable to him than the pleasure derived from contrasts between great extremes. Those pursuits which promised neither peril nor hardship possessed for him very little attraction.
Page 216 - ... dry and uninteresting ; but with what power to attract and move were the same ideas invested, as they fell from the lips of the hunter and warrior, on a wild sea-beach, amid the roar of breakers ; in some sunny nook of the...
Page 176 - In the first place, they had health and strength, were not troubled with dyspepsia, and hence did not look at life through green spectacles. They took pride in overcoming obstacles, and feeling that they were equal to the emergency.
Page 215 - A most silly and hurtful notion, often entertained by young people in respect to religion, is, that it has a tendency to make people narrow-minded, or, as they phrase it, meeching.

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