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The Bad Family & Other Stories   By: (1766-1840)

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THE BAD FAMILY

AND OTHER STORIES

MRS FENWICK

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THE DUMPY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

Selected by E. V. LUCAS, and each having End papers specially designed by Mrs. FARMILOE

I. THE FLAMP, THE AMELIORATOR, and THE SCHOOLBOY'S APPRENTICE. Written by E. V. LUCAS

II. MRS. TURNER'S CAUTIONARY STORIES

III. THE BAD FAMILY. By Mrs. FENWICK

Other Volumes in the Series are in preparation

THE DUMPY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN.

NO. III. THE BAD FAMILY. BY MRS. FENWICK.

The Bad Family; & Other Stories

BY MRS. FENWICK

LONDON: GRANT RICHARDS 1898

CONTENTS

PAGE

Introduction ix

The Bad Family 1

The Good Family 15

Foolish Fears 29

The Broken Crutch 39

The Journal; Or, Birthday Gifts 45

The Basket of Plumbs 65

The Choice of Friends 75

Cousin James and Cousin Thomas 87

The Disasters of Impatience 97

The Deaf and Dumb Boy 109

Limby Lumpy 119

The Oyster Patties 135

Introduction

Mrs. Fenwick, like Mrs. Turner (some of whose Cautionary Stories have already been published in this series), lived and wrote at the beginning of this century. Mrs. Turner practised verse, Mrs. Fenwick prose. I can tell nothing of Mrs. Fenwick's life, except that among her books were Infantine Stories , the Life of Carlo , Mary and her Cat , Presents for Good Boys and Girls , Rays from the Rainbow (an easy system of teaching grammar), and Lessons for Children; or, Rudiments of Good Manners, Morals, and Humanity . It is from the last named book that the first ten of the following stories have been taken. It was a favourite work in its day, and not only was it often reprinted in England, but was translated into French: for little French children, it seems, need lessons too.

As for these Rudiments , although it was Mrs. Fenwick's purpose that they should lead to good conduct, it would satisfy their present editor to know that they had amused. That is why they are printed here, and also to show the kind of reading prepared for the childhood of our great grandmothers and great grandfathers. In those days exaggeration was rather in favour with story tellers; and we therefore need not believe that there was ever a family quite so bad as the Bad Family in this book, or a Good Family so good; or that Mrs. Loft (in 'The Basket of Plumbs') would have bought fruit from a household down with fever; or that a boy of ten could write so well as the hero of 'The Journal.' But after making allowances for exaggeration, we may take everything else as truth. As I said, these stories are included in this series chiefly to provide entertainment; but if they also have the use Mrs. Fenwick wished if the misadventures of Frank Lawless keep us from robbing orchards, and 'The Broken Crutch' leads to the befriending of weary and wooden legged sailors why, so much the better.

The last two stories in this book, 'Limby Lumpy' and 'The Oyster Patties,' were not written by Mrs. Fenwick; but they seem to fit in here rather well.

E. V. LUCAS.

October 1898.

The Bad Family

There is a certain street in a certain town (no matter for its name) in which there are two handsome houses of equal size. The owners of these houses have each six children, and the neighbours have named one the BAD FAMILY, and the other the GOOD FAMILY.

In the Bad Family there are three boys and three girls; and the servants, who are always much teased and vexed when they live where there are naughty children, speak of them thus: the eldest they call FIGHTING HARRY, the second GREEDY GEORGE, and the youngest IDLE RICHARD; the eldest girl is nicknamed CARELESS FANNY, the next LYING LUCY, and the youngest SELFISH SARAH... Continue reading book >>




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