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Little Miss Peggy Only a Nursery Story   By: (1839-1921)

Little Miss Peggy Only a Nursery Story by Mrs. Molesworth

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[Illustration: Cover]

LITTLE MISS PEGGY:

ONLY A NURSERY STORY

"Would I could paint the serious brow, The eyes that look the world in face, Half questioning, doubting, wondering how This happens thus, or that finds place." My Opposite Neighbour.

[Illustration: "'What is the matter, little girls?' said the lady." P. 181]

LITTLE MISS PEGGY:

ONLY A NURSERY SToRY

BY

MRS. MoLESWoRTH

WITH PICTURES

BY

WALTER CRANE

LoNDoN: MACMILLAN & Co. AND NEW YORK 1887

To the Memory of

E. L.

THE DEAR YOUNG FRIEND

WHO SUGGESTED ITS NAME TO THIS LITTLE STORY,

AND FROM WHOSE LATE HOME,

SO INTIMATELY ASSOCIATED WITH HER,

THIS DEDICATION IS MADE.

BINDON, August 1887.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE A BREAKFAST PARTY 1

CHAPTER II THE WHITE SPOT ON THE HILL 18

CHAPTER III "THE CHILDREN AT THE BACK" 33

CHAPTER IV "REAL" FANCIES 48

CHAPTER V THE LITTLE RED SHOES 65

CHAPTER VI FELLOW FEELINGS AND SLIPPERS 81

CHAPTER VII A BUN TO THE GOOD 98

CHAPTER VIII UNDER THE BIG UMBRELLA 114

CHAPTER IX THE OPPOSITE HOUSE 131

CHAPTER X "SOAP BUBBLING" 145

CHAPTER XI UP FERNLEY ROAD 162

CHAPTER XII THE SHOES LADY AGAIN 178

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"WHAT IS THE MATTER, LITTLE GIRLS?" SAID THE LADY. Frontispiece

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HE HAD TO DRUM WITH A SPOON, FIRST IN ONE FAT HAND AND THEN IN THE OTHER 2

THEY WERE SETTLED ON THE HEARTH RUG BABY ON PEGGY'S LAP 17

"SEE HAL," SHE SAID, "OVER THERE, FAR, FAR AWAY, NEELY IN THE SKY, DOES YOU SEE THAT BLUEY HILL?" 27

SHE WAS RATHER A TERRIBLE LOOKING OLD WOMAN; SHE ALWAYS WORE A SHORT BED GOWN ... AND SHE WAS GENERALLY TO BE SEEN WITH A PIPE IN HER MOUTH 35

"TELL ME WHAT THE LITTLE WHITE HOUSE IS REELY LIKE" 52

PEGGY STOOD STILL, HER EYES FIXED ON THE BABY SHOES 68

"HERE'S THE OTHER SHOE, I'VE JUST FOUNDED IT" 92

SUDDENLY A WINDOW ABOVE OPENED, AND MOTHER WHELAN'S BEFRILLED FACE WAS THRUST OUT 109

AN UMBRELLA ROLLING ITSELF ABOUT ON THE PAVEMENT 127

"TO BE SURE," SHE SAID, IN HER MOST GRACIOUS TONE. "'TIS THE BEAUTIFUL PIPES I HAVE" 138

THE BOYS, BOY LIKE, THOUGHT LITTLE BUT OF WHO COULD BLOW THE BIGGEST BUBBLES 149

HUSHED LIGHT SMILEY TO SLEEP, HER ARM CLASPED ROUND PEGGY 177

CHAPTER I

A BREAKFAST PARTY

"Henry was every morning fed With a full mess of milk and bread." MARY LAMB.

"NO," said Peggy to herself, with a little sigh, "the naughty clouds has covered it up to day. I can't see it."

"Miss Peggy," came nurse's voice from the other side of the room, "your breakfast's waiting. Come to the table, my dear, and stand quiet while Master Thor says the grace."

[Illustration: " Baby, who required a great deal of room to himself at table, baby though he was. He had so many things to do during a meal, you see, which grown up children think quite unnecessary. He had to drum with a spoon, first in one fat hand and then in the other; he had to dip his crust first in nurse's cup of tea and next in Hal's jug of milk to see which tasted best, and there would have been no fun in doing either if he hadn't had to stretch a long way across; and besides all this he felt really obliged now and then to put his feet upon the table for a change, one at a time, of course... Continue reading book >>




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