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A Brace Of Boys 1867, From "Little Brother"   By: (1836-1870)

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In "A Brace of Boys", Fitz Hugh Ludlow takes readers on a captivating journey through his experiences as a tutor to two young boys in the year 1867. Ludlow's narrative, drawn from his collection "Little Brother", provides a unique and insightful perspective into the lives of his students.

From the opening pages, Ludlow's writing style effortlessly transports readers back to the 19th century. His vivid descriptions of the era, coupled with his eloquent prose, add a sense of authenticity to the story. It becomes evident that the author holds a profound affection for both the period and the boys he is entrusted to teach.

The book's greatest strength lies in Ludlow's ability to create well-rounded characters. The two boys, whose lives are followed closely throughout the narrative, are incredibly relatable and endearing. Each possesses their own distinct personality traits, making them easy for readers to connect with. Through his interactions with the boys, Ludlow explores themes of friendship, coming-of-age, and the complexities of childhood.

Ludlow's vivid imagery not only brings the characters to life but also paints a vivid picture of New York City during that time period. His attention to detail captures the bustling streets, the vibrant markets, and the general atmosphere of the city in a way that allows readers to immerse themselves fully in the setting. The author's anecdotal storytelling style also adds a touch of warmth to the narrative, further enhancing the reader's experience.

One minor drawback of the book is the occasional meandering in the narrative. At times, the author delves into tangents that may distract readers from the main story. However, these diversions often offer valuable insights into the era, serving as an educational supplement to the main plot.

Overall, "A Brace of Boys" is a delightful read for anyone interested in 19th-century literature and historical fiction. Ludlow's captivating storytelling, combined with his deep understanding of his characters, creates a captivating tale that is sure to engross readers from start to finish.

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By Fitz Hugh Ludlow

From "Little Brother,"

Copyright, 1867, by Lee & Shepard

I am a bachelor uncle. That, as a mere fact, might happen to anybody; but I am a bachelor uncle by internal fitness. I am one essentially, just as I am an individual of the Caucasian division of the human race; and if, through untoward circumstances which Heaven forbid I should lose my present position, I shouldn't be surprised if you saw me out in the "Herald" under "Situations Wanted Males." Thanks to a marrying tendency in the rest of my family, I have now little need to advertise, all the business being thrown into my way which a single member of my profession can attend to. I suppose you won't agree with me; but, do you know, sometimes I think it's better than having children of one's own? People tell me that I'd feel very differently if I did have any. Perhaps so, but then, too, I might be unwise with them; I might bother them into mischief by trying to keep them out. I might be avaricious of them might be tempted to lock them up in my own stingy old nursery chest instead of paying them out to meet the bills of humanity and keep the Lord's business moving. I might forget, when I had spent my life in fining their gold and polishing their graven work, that they were still vessels for the Master's use I only the Butler the sweetness and the spirit with which they brimmed all belonging to His lips who tasted bitterness for me... Continue reading book >>

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