Toying with the distinctions between reader and narrator, author and character, imagination and perception, Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole's The Golden Scarecrow, in nine chapters, presents nine stories of nine children, united by location, more or less. A tenth story of a tenth life, divided into Prologue and Epilogue, provides a different sort of unity. These gentle and horrible tales of the weird may seem suitable for young readers, then again, they may not.
First Page:THE GOLDEN SCARECROW
"THE DUCHESS OF WREXE," "FORTITUDE," "THE PRELUDE TO ADVENTURE," "THE WOODEN HORSE." ETC.
GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY
CHAPTER PAGE PROLOGUE HUGH SEYMOUR 11 I. HENRY FITZGEORGE STRETHER 43 II. ERNEST HENRY 65 III. ANGELINA 94 IV. BIM ROCHESTER 121 V. NANCY ROSS 146 VI. 'ENERY 172 VII. BARBARA FLINT 198 VIII. SARAH TREFUSIS 226 IX. YOUNG JOHN SCARLET 256 EPILOGUE 274
When Hugh Seymour was nine years of age he was sent from Ceylon, where his parents lived, to be educated in England. His relations having, for the most part, settled in foreign countries, he spent his holidays as a very minute and pale faced "paying guest" in various houses where other children were of more importance than he, or where children as a race were of no importance at all... Continue reading book >>
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