The Rival Crusoes

Paperback | October 17, 2012

byAgnes Strickland

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Excerpt: ...that the circumstance of the three-legged stool could not have impressed you with a very favourable opinion of my genius in such matters." "Let me entreat your Lordship never to allude to my conduct in that affair again," said Philip. "Now, on the contrary," returned Lord Robert gaily, "I have serious thoughts of fetching the aforesaid stool from under the tree where I so petulantly flung it; and of soliciting you to lend me that rule and saw, which I so rudely refused when you would have permitted me to make use of them to correct my blunders; which was very generous on your part, considering how awkwardly I handled my only tool, and how easily I might have injured yours." Philip was astonished at the ease and frankness with which Lord Robert spoke of these circumstances, but again implored him not to allude to the past. "Had you told me anything but the truth," replied Lord Robert, "perhaps I might be excused if I repeated your remarks with displeasure. But the lesson was too salutary to be forgotten. In common with many of high birth, I have been too much accustomed to the language of flattery, instead of that of truth and justice; till, forgetting the relative obligations of society, and never checking the defects of my temper, I was led to commit outrages on every one who did not yield a blind submission to my whims. You, Harley, have opened my eyes to my faults; and it will, in future, be my constant study to correct them, convinced, as I now am, of the folly of trusting to rank and riches alone for influence and consideration among my fellow-creatures." The day after this conversation, Lord Robert was well enough to accompany Philip to the beach, to seek for turtles' eggs. In this search they wandered to a different part of the island, and Lord Robert discovered, at a little distance, something dark and large heaving among the surf; he called Philip's attention to it, who soon got it on shore; and they found it to be a chest belonging to...

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Excerpt: ...that the circumstance of the three-legged stool could not have impressed you with a very favourable opinion of my genius in such matters." "Let me entreat your Lordship never to allude to my conduct in that affair again," said Philip. "Now, on the contrary," returned Lord Robert gaily, "I have serious thoughts of fetching t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:October 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217610811

ISBN - 13:9780217610810

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