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PLAIN JANE

G. M. C. FRY and G. M. GEORGE

THE DUMPY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

27. Plain Jane

The Dumpy Books for Children

CLOTH, ROYAL 32mo, 1/6 EACH

1. The Flamp. 2. Mrs. Turner's Cautionary Stories. 3. The Bad Family. 4. The Story of Little Black Sambo. 5. The Bountiful Lady. 6. A Cat Book. 7. A Flower Book. 8. The Pink Knight. 9. The Little Clown. 10. A Horse Book. 11. Little People: An Alphabet. 12. A Dog Book. 13. The Adventures Of Samuel and Selina. 14. The Little Girl Lost. 15. Dollies. 16. The Bad Mrs. Ginger. 17. Peter Piper's Practical Principles. 18. Little White Barbara. 19. The Japanese Dumpy Book. 20. Towlocks and His Wooden Horse. 21. The Three Little Foxes. 22. The Old Man's Bag. 23. The Three Goblins. 24. Dumpy Proverbs. 25. More Dollies. 26. Little Yellow Wang lo. 27. Plain Jane. 28. The Sooty Man. 29. Fishy Winkle.

A Cloth Case to contain Twelve Volumes can be had, price 2s. net; or the First Twelve Volumes in Case, price £1 net.

London: GRANT RICHARDS, 48, Leicester Square.

[Illustration (Publisher's Device) SIR JOSEPH CAUSTON & SONS LIMITED / LONDON]

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Plain Jane

Text by G. M. George

ILLUSTRATED BY G. M. C. FRY

LONDON: GRANT RICHARDS 1903

That model Miss, Jemima Jane Was very good, and very plain; Her parents noticed with delight How neat she was, and how polite. Sometimes her young companions came And begged she'd join them in a game. But it was never any use; She'd make some civil, quiet excuse, And, "Dear Mama," she'd whisp'ring say, "I love plain sewing more than play; I hope you'll always think of me As your own gentle, busy Bee!" Jane rose at five. "What for?" you ask; And I reply, "To con her task." She breakfasted on milk and bread, Nor ever asked for aught instead; "I like it best, because," said she, "'Tis wholesome for a child like me." She used to think it quite a treat, To put her bed and chamber neat; But she enjoyed oh, better far! Saying her tasks to her Mama.

[Illustration: Jane's Uncle ]

She took the air when these were done, But she would never romp and run; Prim and sedate she walked about, Her back quite straight, her toes turned out: And all the people, seeing this, Exclaimed, "Oh, what a model Miss!" Jane's Uncle, who lived far away, Sent her Mama a note one day, Explaining that he found he had To spend a fortnight in Bagdad. He had a daughter, and 'twas plain He hoped that she might stay with Jane. "She's a sad puss," he said, "I own; But I can't leave the child alone." "I think," Mama said, in a fuss, "We can't have her to stay with us: I do not like my Jane to mix With children who have naughty tricks." But Jane said, with a gentle smile, Plying her needle all the while, "Pray, let her come here, dear Mama, With the permission of Papa; I have a hope that she might be Influenced for her good by me: For I could show her that she would Be happier if she were good."

[Illustration: " She bought a rod that afternoon "]

[Illustration: " Ann was brought there by a serving man "]

At this her kind Mama relented, And, as her good Papa consented, That very day her mother wrote Her uncle quite a cordial note, Saying, "I think that it is clear Your Ann should spend your absence here" As she expected Ann quite soon, She bought a rod that afternoon. And sure enough, next Tuesday, Ann Was brought there by a serving man. Alas! alas! it soon was plain She was not in the least like Jane! She ran and laughed and romped about, And raised a hubbub and a shout. "Oh, fie!" said Jane, "Pray, cousin Ann, Do be more tranquil if you can." But Ann just laughed, and did not care, And tweaked her cousin by the hair. When they were out she climbed a tree, Which quite annoyed the "busy Bee... Continue reading book >>




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