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The Giant Hands or, the Reward of Industry   By: (1804-1872)

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In "The Giant Hands or, the Reward of Industry" by Alfred Crowquill, readers are transported into a peculiar world of enchantment and adventure. The story revolves around a young protagonist named Ethan, who finds himself caught in a series of events that are beyond his imagination.

The narrative begins with Ethan stumbling upon a mysterious pair of giant hands. As he curiously investigates, he discovers their incredible power to transform objects into spectacular creations. Intrigued by these otherworldly hands, Ethan embarks on a journey to uncover their origins and purpose.

Crowquill's writing style is vibrant and engaging, capturing the reader's attention from the very first page. He skillfully weaves together elements of fantasy and mystery, creating a unique atmosphere that remains throughout the story. The vivid descriptions transport readers into the landscapes and characters, immersing them in the magical world Ethan finds himself in.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the novel is the character development. As Ethan encounters various individuals along his journey, he learns valuable life lessons and gains insight into the power of hard work and perseverance. This exploration of personal growth adds depth to the story, allowing readers to relate to Ethan's experiences and draw parallels to their own lives.

Moreover, the themes of industry and reward are beautifully intertwined within the narrative. Crowquill highlights the importance of diligence and ambition, emphasizing that success is dependent on one's willingness to work hard. The allegorical elements of the giant hands symbolize the rewards that come to those who put in the effort and dedication to achieve their dreams.

However, despite its captivating storyline and powerful messages, the novel falls short in terms of pacing. At times, the story feels rushed, and certain plot points feel underdeveloped. This detracts from the overall impact of the narrative, leaving readers craving more depth and exploration.

Despite this flaw, "The Giant Hands or, the Reward of Industry" remains an entertaining and thought-provoking read. Crowquill's imaginative storytelling and strong moral undertones make this novel an engaging and worthwhile experience. It is a testament to the power of perseverance and the rewards that await those who ardently pursue their goals.

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[Illustration: THE POOR HOME.]

Alfred Crowquill's Fairy Tales.








Poor lit tle Wil lie re turn ed from the for est la den with as much wood as his fee ble strength could bear. He was hun gry and wea ry, and had a great sor row at his heart, for he had lost his fa ther in the ear ly spring, leav ing his mo ther to toil for a scant live li hood to sup port her self and him.

He threw the wood up on the cin ders on the hearth, and quick ly rais ed a cheer ful blaze, at which he warm ed his na ked, swol len feet, as he watch ed the smoke ma king its fan tas tic ed dies up the wide chim ney, and a midst the raf ters of the low roof. He heav ed a deep sigh; for he saw no pot up on the fire, which ought to have been bub bling up with their fru gal din ner: but, a las! they had none.

"This must not be any long er," thought he, "for I am get ting ve ry big and strong, and have a pair of hands that ought not to be i dle. As my poor mo ther gets weak er, I should work for her; and as I grow in to a man, she should not work any more, but sit by the fire and get the din ner rea dy, which I shall then be a ble to la bour for... Continue reading book >>

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