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A Flat Iron for a Farthing or Some Passages in the Life of an only Son   By: (1841-1885)

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[Illustration: Mrs. Bundle (see p. 3).]

A FLAT IRON FOR A FARTHING

or

Some Passages in the Life of an only Son

by

Juliana Horatia Ewing

Illustrated by

M. V. Wheelhouse

George Bell & Sons

London

1908.

Dedicated

TO MY DEAR FATHER,

AND TO HIS SISTER, MY DEAR AUNT MARY,

IN MEMORY OF

THEIR GOOD FRIEND AND NURSE,

E. B.

OBIT 3 MARCH, 1872, ÆT. 83.

J. H. E.

PREFACE

An apology is a sorry Preface to any book, however insignificant, and yet I am anxious to apologise for the title of this little tale. The story grew after the title had been (hastily) given, and so many other incidents gathered round the incident of the purchase of the flat iron as to make it no longer important enough to appear upon the title page. It would, however, be dishonest to change the name of a tale which is reprinted from a Magazine; and I can only apologise for an appearance of affectation in it which was not intended.

As the Dedication may seem to suggest that the character of Mrs. Bundle is a portrait, I may be allowed to say that, except in faithfulness, and tenderness, and high principle, she bears no likeness to my father's dear old nurse.

It may interest some of my child readers to know that the steep street and the farthing wares are real remembrances out of my own childhood. Though whether in these days of "advanced prices," the flat irons, the gridirons with the three fish upon them, and all those other valuable accessories to doll's housekeeping, which I once delighted to purchase, can still be obtained for a farthing each, I have lived too long out of the world of toys to be able to tell.

J. H. E.

CONTENTS

CHAP.

I. MOTHERLESS

II. "THE LOOK" RUBENS MRS. BUNDLE AGAIN

III. THE DARK LADY TROUBLE IMPENDING BEAUTIFUL, GOLDEN MAMMA

IV. AUNT MARIA THE ENEMY ROUTED LONDON TOWN

V. MY COUSINS MISS BLOMFIELD THE BOY IN BLACK

VI. THE LITTLE BARONET DOLLS CINDER PARCELS THE OLD GENTLEMAN NEXT DOOR THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

VII. POLLY AND I RESOLVE TO BE "VERY RELIGIOUS" DR. PEPJOHN THE ALMS BOX THE BLIND BEGGAR

VIII. VISITING THE SICK

IX. "PEACE BE TO THIS HOUSE"

X. CONVALESCENCE MATRIMONIAL INTENTIONS THE JOURNEY TO OAKFORD OUR WELCOME

XI. THE TINSMITH'S THE BEAVER BONNETS A FLAT IRON FOR A FARTHING I FAIL TO SECURE A SISTER RUBENS AND THE DOLL

XII. THE LITTLE LADIES AGAIN THE MEADS THE DROWNED DOLL

XIII. POLLY THE PEW AND THE PULPIT THE FATE OF THE FLAT IRON

XIV. RUBENS AND I "DROP IN" AT THE RECTORY GARDENS AND GARDENERS MY FATHER COMES FOR ME

XV. NURSE BUNDLE IS MAGNANIMOUS MR. GRAY AN EXPLANATION WITH MY FATHER

XVI. THE REAL MR. GRAY NURSE BUNDLE REGARDS HIM WITH DISFAVOUR

XVII. I FAIL TO TEACH LATIN TO MRS. BUNDLE THE RECTOR TEACHES ME

XVIII. THE ASTHMATIC OLD GENTLEMAN AND HIS RIDDLES I PLAY TRUANT AGAIN IN THE BIG GARDEN

XIX. THE TUTOR THE PARISH A NEW CONTRIBUTOR TO THE ALMS BOX

XX. THE TUTOR'S PROPOSAL A TEACHERS' MEETING

XXI. OAKFORD ONCE MORE THE SATIN CHAIRS THE HOUSEKEEPER THE LITTLE LADIES AGAIN FAMILY MONUMENTS

XXII. NURSE BUNDLE FINDS A VOCATION RAGGED ROBIN'S WIFE MRS. BUNDLE'S IDEAS ON HUSBANDS AND PUBLIC HOUSES

XXIII. I GO TO ETON MY MASTER I SERVE HIM WELL

XXIV. COLLECTIONS LEO'S LETTER NURSE BUNDLE AND SIR LIONEL

XXV. THE DEATH OF RUBENS POLLY'S NEWS LAST TIMES

XXVI. I HEAR FROM MR... Continue reading book >>




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