Shell Gatherers

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byKatharine Burrill

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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.1905 Excerpt: ... PODSNAPPERY AND HENNY-PENNY 'I ""HERE are a number of people in the world--otherwise quite harmless, honest citizens--who pride themselves upon their complete want of imagination. They plume their rather solid feathers, toss their heads, and proudly exclaim: "We are not in the least imaginative". Now, Pride takes unto himself strange forms, and appears in curious ways. You meet people who are quite proud of being able to tell when a cat is in the room--I mean the hidden cat, not the purring visibility! They explain their occult gift (after the "harmless necessary" one has been discovered and removed) by talking of electricity and electric currents--they feel Pussy's presence somewhere in their spines; and they always finish by giving you anecdotes of their great-grandmother, who also had a rooted antipathy to cats, and evidently spent her time looking for them in the most unlikely places. Then there is the inherited family temper; this is a constant source of pride to its owners, though not to their friends and acquaintances. I quite understand that before you have the flashing eye and stamping foot of your great-great-great-greatgrandfather, you must possess authentic ancestors to flash and stamp; but why be especially uplifted because they were men of wrath? You never hear anyone say: "In 1600 our family were noted for the extreme violence of their temper, but I am glad to say, with time and education, we have entirely eradicated the failing, and are now fairly amiable ". Not at all; there is nothing ancestral about amiability. It is the fine old crusted anger, handed down from generation to generation with the Crown Derby and the teaspoons, that makes ill-tempered descendants so extraordinarily uplifted. Why even the distant collaterals--(shade of the Co...

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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.1905 Excerpt: ... PODSNAPPERY AND HENNY-PENNY 'I ""HERE are a number of people in the world--otherwise quite harmless, honest citizens--who pride ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217991955

ISBN - 13:9780217991957

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