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Do and Dare — a Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune   By: (1832-1899)

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Do and Dare is a captivating coming-of-age story written by Horatio Alger. Set in the late 19th century, the book follows the thrilling journey of a young and determined protagonist, whose bravery and perseverance are tested time and again.

The story revolves around a boy named Dick Hunter, who, along with his widowed mother, lives in poverty. Despite their difficult circumstances, Dick remains optimistic and dreams of a better life. His genuine kindness and strong work ethic earn him the respect and admiration of the townspeople.

When a wealthy stranger, Mr. Whitney, comes to town, he recognizes Dick's potential and offers him a chance to change his fortune. Eager to escape poverty and provide a decent life for his mother, Dick seizes the opportunity and leaves his hometown to seek his fortune in New York City.

As our young hero embarks on his adventure, he encounters various challenges and setbacks that test his courage and determination. Alger skillfully narrates the struggles and triumphs of Dick's journey, giving readers a front-row seat to his growth and resilience.

What sets Do and Dare apart from other similar tales is Alger's masterful storytelling. His vivid descriptions of New York City's bustling streets, the challenges faced by the lower class, and the stark contrast between the wealthy elite and impoverished majority add depth and realism to the narrative. Algber explores the themes of social inequality, hard work, and the importance of integrity, making the story relatable and thought-provoking.

Furthermore, the characters in Do and Dare are well-developed and relatable. Dick Hunter is a true embodiment of virtues such as honesty, perseverance, and selflessness. Readers cannot help but root for him as he faces numerous obstacles and navigates the complex world of business, where deceit and corruption lurk around every corner.

Alger's writing style is concise and engaging, making the story accessible to readers of all ages. The pacing keeps the narrative flowing smoothly, without any unnecessary digressions. Early on, the author captures the reader's attention, and as the story progresses, the stakes increase, sustaining the suspense until the very end.

Overall, Do and Dare is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today. Alger's portrayal of the American dream, coupled with his memorable characters and moral lessons, make this a must-read for anyone seeking an inspiring and entertaining tale. Whether you are a young reader or a nostalgic adult, this book will remind you of the power of determination, courage, and unwavering integrity in the face of adversity.

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By Horatio Alger, Jr.



"If we could only keep the post office, mother, we should be all right," said Herbert Carr, as he and his mother sat together in the little sitting room of the plain cottage which the two had occupied ever since he was a boy of five.

"Yes, Herbert, but I am afraid there won't be much chance of it."

"Who would want to take it from you, mother?"

"Men are selfish, Herbert, and there is no office, however small, that is not sought after."

"What was the income last year?" inquired Herbert.

Mrs. Carr referred to a blank book lying on the table in which the post office accounts were kept, and answered:

"Three hundred and ninety eight dollars and fifty cents."

"I shouldn't think that would be much of an inducement to an able bodied man, who could work at any business."

"Your father was glad to have it."

"Yes, mother, but he had lost an arm in the war, and could not engage in any business that required both hands."

"That is true, Herbert, but I am afraid there will be more than one who will be willing to relieve me of the duties. Old Mrs. Allen called at the office to day, and told me she understood that there was a movement on foot to have Ebenezer Graham appointed... Continue reading book >>

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