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The Wouldbegoods   By: (1858-1924)

The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit

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THE WOULDBEGOODS

[Illustration:

See p. 47

"'AND PATRIOTIC,' SAID HE"]

THE WOULDBEGOODS

BY E. NESBIT

ILLUSTRATED BY

REGINALD B. BIRCH

[Illustration]

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

Copyright, 1900, 1901, by EDITH NESBIT BLAND.

All rights reserved.

September, 1901.

TO

MY DEAR SON

FABIAN BLAND

CONTENTS

PAGE

THE JUNGLE 1

THE WOULDBEGOODS 20

BILL'S TOMBSTONE 43

THE TOWER OF MYSTERY 63

THE WATER WORKS 86

THE CIRCUS 111

BEING BEAVERS; OR, THE YOUNG EXPLORERS (ARCTIC OR OTHERWISE) 135

THE HIGH BORN BABE 159

HUNTING THE FOX 178

THE SALE OF ANTIQUITIES 201

THE BENEVOLENT BAR 224

THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMS 243

THE DRAGON'S TEETH; OR, ARMY SEED 267

ALBERT'S UNCLE'S GRANDMOTHER; OR, THE LONG LOST 292

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'AND PATRIOTIC,' SAID HE" Frontispiece

"WE LET THE HOSE PLAY PERSEVERINGLY" Facing p. 16

"'LITTLE BEASTS!' SAID DICK" " 30

"DENNY HELD ALICE'S AND NO√čL'S HANDS" " 84

"DICKY DRAGGED THE TWO HEAVY BARS" " 98

"'OH, DEAR! OH, DEAR!'" " 104

"HE SAT DOWN IN THE HEDGE TO LAUGH PROPERLY" " 128

"FOUND HIMSELF THE DEGRADED NURSE MAID OF A SMALL BUT FURIOUS KID" " 172

"'WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?'" " 192

"THEN WE PUT IN THE JUGS AND FILLED IT UP WITH EARTH" " 212

"'I THINK YOU MUST LET ME LOOK INSIDE'" " 222

"OSWALD ACTUALLY HIT OUT AT THE BIG MAN" " 240

"A DOG CART WITH A YOUNG LADY IN IT" " 256

"SO WE LED HIM ALONG TO THE AMBUSH" " 282

THE COUNCIL IN THE APPLE TREE " 292

"'AND ARE YOU GOING TO MARRY THIS LADY?'" " 304

THE WOULDBEGOODS

THE JUNGLE

"Children are like jam: all very well in the proper place, but you can't stand them all over the shop eh, what?"

These were the dreadful words of our Indian uncle. They made us feel very young and angry; and yet we could not be comforted by calling him names to ourselves, as you do when nasty grown ups say nasty things, because he is not nasty, but quite the exact opposite when not irritated. And we could not think it ungentlemanly of him to say we were like jam, because, as Alice says, jam is very nice indeed only not on furniture and improper places like that. My father said, "Perhaps they had better go to boarding school." And that was awful, because we know father disapproves of boarding schools. And he looked at us and said, "I am ashamed of them, sir!"

Your lot is indeed a dark and terrible one when your father is ashamed of you. And we all knew this, so that we felt in our chests just as if we had swallowed a hard boiled egg whole. At least, this is what Oswald felt, and father said once that Oswald, as the eldest, was the representative of the family, so, of course, the others felt the same.

And then everybody said nothing for a short time. At last father said:

"You may go but remember " The words that followed I am not going to tell you. It is no use telling you what you know before as they do in schools... Continue reading book >>




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