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"Us" An Old Fashioned Story   By: (1839-1921)

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"US"

An Old Fashioned Story

by

MRS MOLESWORTH

Author of "carrots", "cuckoo Clock", etc.

With Illustrations by Walter Crane

[Illustration: IN ANOTHER MOMENT TOBY'S NOSE WAS IN THE BOWL TOO, TO TOBY'S SUPREME CONTENT! p. 26. Front ]

[Illustration]

London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd

1899

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE HOW THEY CAME TO BE "US" 1

CHAPTER II. BREAD AND MILK 20

CHAPTER III. QUEER VISITORS 40

CHAPTER IV. BABES IN A WOOD 59

CHAPTER V. TIM 79

CHAPTER VI. TOBY AND BARBARA 100

CHAPTER VII. DIANA'S PROMISE 119

CHAPTER VIII. NEW HOPES 139

CHAPTER IX. CROOKFORD FAIR 156

CHAPTER X. A BOAT AND A BABY 177

CHAPTER XI. A SAD DILEMMA 197

CHAPTER XII. GOOD BYE TO "US" 218

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

IN ANOTHER MOMENT TOBY'S NOSE WAS IN THE BOWL TOO, TO TOBY'S SUPREME CONTENT Front.

FROM BEHIND SOME STUBBLE A FEW YARDS OFF ROSE THE FIGURE OF THE YOUNG BOY WHOM THE CHILDREN HAD SEEN WALKING BEHIND THE GIPSIES WHISTLING WHILE HE CUT AT A BRANCH HE HELD IN HIS HAND Page 74

"HERE'S SOME SUPPER FOR YOU. WAKE UP, AND TRY AND EAT A BIT. IT'LL DO YOU GOOD" 89

"THEY WANT OUT A BIT," SHE SAID. "THEY'RE TIRED LIKE WITH BEING MEWED UP IN THERE ALL DAY AND NEVER A BREATH OF AIR NO WONDER" 132

"UPON MY WORD THEY ARE SOMETHING QUITE OUT OF THE COMMON," HE SAID; "I WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED THEM FOR A GOOD DEAL. WHAT A KING AND QUEEN OF THE PIGMIES, OR 'BABES IN THE WOOD,' THEY'D MAKE" 173

"I DO FINK WHEN US IS QUITE BIG AND CAN DO AS US LIKES, US MUST HAVE A BOAT LIKE THIS, AND ALWAYS GO SAILING ALONG" 195

"She is telling them stories of the wood, And the Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood." The Golden Legend.

CHAPTER I.

HOW THEY CAME TO BE "US."

"Blue were their eyes as the fairy flax, Their cheeks like the dawn of day." LONGFELLOW.

A soft rather shaky sort of tap at the door. It does not all at once reach the rather deaf ears of the little old lady and tall, still older gentleman who are seated in their usual arm chairs, one with his newspaper by the window, the other with her netting by the fire, in the exceedingly neat neat, indeed, is no word for it "parlour" of Arbitt Lodge. In what part of the country this queerly named house was is still, perhaps to be found there is no particular reason for telling; whence came this same queer name will be told in good time. The parlour suited its name anyway better far than it would that of "drawing room," which would be given it nowadays. There was a round table in the middle; there were high backed mahogany chairs against the wall, polished by age and careful rubbing to that stage of dark shininess which makes even mahogany pleasant to the eye, and with seats of flowering silk damask whose texture must have been very good to be so faded without being worn; there were spindle legged side tables holding inlaid "papier maché" desks and rose wood work boxes, and two or three carved cedar or sandal wood cases of various shapes... Continue reading book >>




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