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The Adventures of A Brownie As Told to My Child by Miss Mulock   By: (1826-1887)

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THE ADVENTURES OF

A BROWNIE

AS TOLD TO MY CHILD

BY MISS MULOCK

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ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK McLOUGHLIN BROTHERS

COPYRIGHTED 1908 BY McLOUGHLIN BROS.

CONTENTS

ADVENTURE THE FIRST Brownie and the Cook 5

ADVENTURE THE SECOND Brownie and the Cherry tree 17

ADVENTURE THE THIRD Brownie in the Farmyard 26

ADVENTURE THE FOURTH Brownie's Ride 41

ADVENTURE THE FIFTH Brownie on the Ice 58

ADVENTURE THE SIXTH AND LAST Brownie and the Clothes 73

POEMS The Blackbird and the Rooks 88 The Shaking of the Pear tree 91 The Wonderful Apple tree 95 The Jealous Boy 98 The Story of the Birkenhead 99 Birds in the Snow 105 The Little Comforter 107 Don't Be Afraid 108 Girl and Boy 109 Agnes at Prayer 110 Going to Work 111 Three Companions 112 The Motherless Child 113 The Wren's Nest 115 A Child's Smile 116 Over the Hills and Far Away 118 The Two Raindrops 119 The Year's End 120 Running After the Rainbow 121 Dick and I 123 Grandpapa 124 Monsieur et Mademoiselle 125 Young Dandelion 127 A September Robin 128

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THE ADVENTURES OF A BROWNIE

ADVENTURE THE FIRST

BROWNIE AND THE COOK

THERE was once a little Brownie, who lived where do you think he lived? in a coal cellar.

Now a coal cellar may seem a most curious place to choose to live in; but then a Brownie is a curious creature a fairy, and yet not one of that sort of fairies who fly about on gossamer wings, and dance in the moonlight, and so on. He never dances; and as to wings, what use would they be to him in a coal cellar? He is a sober, stay at home, household elf nothing much to look at, even if you did see him, which you are not likely to do only a little old man, about a foot high, all dressed in brown, with a brown face and hands, and a brown peaked cap, just the color of a brown mouse. And, like a mouse, he hides in corners especially kitchen corners, and only comes out after dark when nobody is about, and so sometimes people call him Mr. Nobody.

I said you were not likely to see him. I never did, certainly, and never knew any body that did; but still, if you were to go into Devonshire, you would hear many funny stories about Brownies in general, and so I may as well tell you the adventures of this particular Brownie, who belonged to a family there; which family he had followed from house to house, most faithfully, for years and years.

A good many people had heard him or supposed they had when there were extraordinary noises about the house; noises which must have come from a mouse or a rat or a Brownie. But nobody had ever seen him except the children the three little boys and three little girls who declared he often came to play with them when they were alone, and was the nicest companion in the world, though he was such an old man hundreds of years old! He was full of fun and mischief, and up to all sorts of tricks, but he never did any body any harm unless they deserved it.

Brownie was supposed to live under one particular coal, in the darkest corner of the cellar, which was never allowed to be disturbed... Continue reading book >>




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