Rose And The Ring
Victorian social satire hiding in a set of children's fairy tales by the author of the classic "Vanity Fair"
First Page:THE ROSE AND THE RING
by William Makepeace Thackeray
It happened that the undersigned spent the last Christmas season in a foreign city where there were many English children.
In that city, if you wanted to give a child's party, you could not even get a magic lantern or buy Twelfth Night characters those funny painted pictures of the King, the Queen, the Lover, the Lady, the Dandy, the Captain, and so on with which our young ones are wont to recreate themselves at this festive time.
My friend Miss Bunch, who was governess of a large family that lived in the Piano Nobile of the house inhabited by myself and my young charges (it was the Palazzo Poniatowski at Rome, and Messrs. Spillmann, two of the best pastrycooks in Christendom, have their shop on the ground floor): Miss Bunch, I say, begged me to draw a set of Twelfth Night characters for the amusement of our young people.
She is a lady of great fancy and droll imagination, and having looked at the characters, she and I composed a history about them, which was recited to the little folks at night, and served as our FIRESIDE PANTOMIME... Continue reading book >>
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