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"Surly Tim" A Lancashire Story   By: (1849-1924)

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Surly Tim is a captivating and beautifully written story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in the charming county of Lancashire, the novel immerses readers in a world filled with fascinating characters and a heartfelt narrative.

The book follows the journey of Tim, a young boy with a troubled past. Tim's life takes a drastic turn when he is sent to live with his aunt in Lancashire. Haunted by his painful past, Tim initially finds it challenging to adapt to his new surroundings and build meaningful relationships. However, as he slowly begins to open up and embrace the kindness offered by the people around him, Tim discovers the power of love, friendship, and forgiveness.

Frances Hodgson Burnett's writing effortlessly transports readers to the rustic beauty of Lancashire. Her vivid descriptions bring the landscapes and characters to life, making it incredibly easy to imagine the county's rolling hills, cozy cottages, and lively towns. The author's attention to detail captures the essence of Lancashire's rich culture, offering readers an immersive experience that will leave them yearning to visit the region.

The characters in Surly Tim are beautifully developed and multi-dimensional. Each character, from Tim himself to his kind-hearted aunt and the colorful townsfolk, adds depth and complexity to the story. Their interactions are authentic and heartwarming, allowing readers to form genuine connections with them. One can't help but grow fond of Tim as he transforms from a surly and independent boy to a compassionate and understanding young man, thanks to the love and guidance he receives from those around him.

The themes explored in Surly Tim are universal and timeless. The novel delves into the significance of family, acceptance, and the power of second chances. Through Tim's journey, readers are reminded of the transformational nature of love and the importance of overcoming past struggles. The book beautifully captures the sense of hope that stems from embracing change and choosing the path of kindness and compassion.

Overall, Surly Tim is a remarkable story that will leave a lasting impact on readers of all ages. Frances Hodgson Burnett's masterful storytelling, combined with the vivid setting and relatable characters, creates a reading experience that is both heartwarming and thought-provoking. Whether you're familiar with Lancashire or not, this book is a delightful journey well worth taking.

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By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Copyright, 1877

"Sorry to hear my fellow workmen speak so disparagin' o' me? Well, Mester, that's as it may be yo' know. Happen my fellow workmen ha' made a bit o' a mistake happen what seems loike crustiness to them beant so much crustiness as summat else happen I mought do my bit o' complainin' too. Yo' munnot trust aw yo' hear, Mester; that's aw I can say."

I looked at the man's bent face quite curiously, and, judging from its rather heavy but still not unprepossessing outline, I could not really call it a bad face, or even a sulky one. And yet both managers and hands had given me a bad account of Tim Hibblethwaite. "Surly Tim," they called him, and each had something to say about his sullen disposition to silence, and his short answers. Not that he was accused of anything like misdemeanor, but he was "glum loike," the factory people said, and "a surly fellow well deserving his name," as the master of his room had told me.

I had come to Lancashire to take the control of my father's spinning factory a short time before, being anxious to do my best toward the hands, and, I often talked to one and another in a friendly way, so that I could the better understand their grievances and remedy them with justice to all parties concerned... Continue reading book >>

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