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The Boys and I   By: (1839-1921)

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The Boys and I

Mrs. Molesworth

Illustrated by Lewis Baumer

[Illustration: "Oh, young man, this house is to be sold, I hear!" PAGE 32.]

The Boys and I

A Child's Story for Children

by Mrs. Molesworth

Illustrated by Lewis Baumer

E. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY, NEW YORK W. & R. CHAMBERS, LIMITED. LONDON AND EDINBURGH.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE

I. OUR FIRST SORROW 7

II. REAL AND PLAY 23

III. THREE LITTLE TRAVELLERS 40

IV. THE AIR GARDEN 62

V. A NEW TROUBLE 85

VI. WE TRY TO BE GOOD 106

VII. TOAST FOR TEA 127

VIII. WANTED A STAMP 149

IX. MISS GOLDY HAIR 173

X. TOM'S SORE THROAT 195

XI. OUR TEA PARTY 216

XII. THE WHITE DOVE 238

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE

"Oh, young man, this house is to be sold, I hear?" Frontispiece .

Miss Goldy hair 39

"Dear me," said Mrs Partridge at once, "what weak eyes he has!" 57

"May we come near the fire, if you please?" 67

"London isn't a very nice place, is it?" 83

For his hair was very tuggy this morning 97

He was not a very amusing person 107

We made holes at the crusty side of the slices, and tied them with string 135

"Has any one attended to you, my dear?" 169

We thanked him, and ran off 172

"Can't you trust me, Audrey?" 193

In walked Miss Goldy hair herself! 209

Read to him over and over again all the stories I could find 215

Two muffins would be exquisite 227

"Wait for the first moonlight night and you will see," said the dove, and then it flew off 243

Racey was really rather frightened of him, he looked so black and queer 259

[Illustration: The Boys and I]

CHAPTER I.

OUR FIRST SORROW.

"O, it is trouble very bad, Which causes us to weep; All last night long we were so sad, Not one of us could sleep."

Sometimes they called us all three just "the boys." But I don't think that was fair. I may have been rather a tom boy, but I wasn't quite so bad as to be called a "boy." I was nine then I mean I was nine at the beginning of the time I am going to tell you about, and now I am fourteen. Afterwards, I will tell you what put it into my head to write it down. If I told you now you wouldn't understand at least not without my telling you things all out of their places ends at the beginning, and middles at the end; and mother says it's an awfully bad habit to do things that way. It makes her quite vexed to see any one read the end of a book before they have really got to it. There aren't many things that make her really vexed, but that's one, and another is saying "awfully," and I've just said it, or at least written it. And I can't score it through I've promised not to score through anything, and just to leave it as it came into my head to write it all down... Continue reading book >>




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