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Jeremy

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With affectionate humor, Mr. Walpole tells the story of Jeremy and his two sisters, Helen and Mary Cole, who grow up in Polchester, a quiet English Cathedral town. There is the Jampot, who is the nurse ; Hamlet, the stray dog ; Uncle Samuel, who paints pictures and is altogether 'queer’; of course, Mr. and Mrs. Cole, and Aunt Amy. Mr. Walpole has given his narrative a rare double appeal, for it not only recreates for the adult the illusion of his own happiest youth, but it unfolds for the child-reader a genuine and moving experience with real people and pleasant things. No child will fail to love the birthday in the Cole household, the joyous departure for the sea and the country in the long vacation. ( Joseph Hergesheimer, Hugh Walpole: An Appreciation, 1919, p 38 and david wales)

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JEREMY

By Hugh Walpole

TO BRUCE FROM HIS LOVING UNCLE

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I THE BIRTHDAY

II THE FAMILY DOG

III CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME

IV MISS JONES

V THE SEA CAPTAIN

VI FAMILY PRIDE

VII RELIGION

VIII TO COW FARM

IX THE AWAKENING OF CHARLOTTE

X MARY

XI THE MERRY GO ROUND

XII HAMLET WAITS

"It is due to him to say that he was an obedient boy and a boy whose word could be depended on..."

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CHAPTER I. THE BIRTHDAY

I

About thirty years ago there was at the top of the right hand side of Orange Street, in Polchester, a large stone house. I say "was"; the shell of it is still there, and the people who now live in it are quite unaware, I suppose, that anything has happened to the inside of it, except that they are certainly assured that their furniture is vastly superior to the furniture of their predecessors. They have a gramophone, a pianola, and a lift to bring the plates from the kitchen into the dining room, and a small motor garage at the back where the old pump used to be, and a very modern rock garden where once was the pond with the fountain that never worked... Continue reading book >>


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