The Boy's Country-book; Being The Real Life Of A Country Boy, Written By Himself Exhibiting All…

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byWilliam Howitt

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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.1863 Excerpt: ... CHAP. XXI. CONCLUSION. Our boyish days are over! Will Middleton, as hinted in the early part of this history, is at this period of it, having now left school, treading the crowded streets of London, or, seated in the solemn rooms of an ancient building of that great city, studying the first principles of a learned profession, which his parents fondly hope is one day to yield him both wealth and honour; but many a time do his thoughts flee away from the swarms of strangers and the stupid dulness of brick walls that surround him, to those happy fields, where his happy early years flew so lightly away. Now he is tracing the fragrant windings of banks and hedges, green with spring leaves and gay with spring flowers, peeping into birdsnests --now he is running after cowslips, or busy in the hay-field--now in the ardour of play on the village green; or roaming the autumn woods, with all the wild winds and eddying leaves around him;--and wherever he is, in whatever engaged, there, too, are his old cronies, Joe Garner, Cris Newton, Tom Smith, and others of that honest ragged troop of urchins. Alas! not one of these faithful fellows is now any more at liberty to run about the fields or play on the green, than Will Middleton is himself. They are all "gone 'prentice." They are all bound fast to stern masters, who give them too much work to allow them to have much play. They are getting sober and mannish, and growing up into those plodding creatures that so many poor men are and must be. Like the foals that they used to see lying stretched out by the side of their dams on the sunny grass, or rising up and gamboling all round them, they have done with all their "gamboling and gamphaleering;" they have got their necks into the collar, and must wear the harness of hard la...

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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.1863 Excerpt: ... CHAP. XXI. CONCLUSION. Our boyish days are over! Will Middleton, as hinted in the early part of this history, is at this period ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021711346X

ISBN - 13:9780217113465

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