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The Howells Story Book (1900)
by William Dean Howells
Binding: Paperback, 188 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 0.62 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1437068901
ISBN 13: 9781437068900
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE papa had told the story so often that the children knew just exactly what to expect the moment he began. They all knew it as well as he knew it himself, and they could keep him from making mistakes, or forgetting. Sometimes he would go wrong on purpose, or would pretend to forget, and then they had a perfect right to pound him till he quit it. He usually quit pretty soon. The children liked it because it was very ex citing, and at the same time it had no moral, so that when it was all over, they could feel that they had not been excited just for the moral. The first time the little girl heard it he began to cry, when it came to the worst part; but the boy had heard it so much by that time that he did not mind it in the least, and just laughed. The story was in season any time between Thanksgiving and New Years; but the papa usually began to tell it in the early part of October, when the farmers were getting in their pumpkins, and the children were asking when they were going to have any squash pies, and the boy had made his first jack o' lantern. ' Well,' the papa said, ' once there were two iittle pumpkin seeds, and one was a good little pumpkin seed, and the other was bad very proud, and vain, and ambitious.' The papa had told them what ambitious was, and so the children did not stop him when he came to that word; but sometimes he would stop of his own accord, and then if they could not tell what it meant, he would pretend that he was not going on; but he always did go on. ' Well, the farmer took both the seeds out to plant them in the home patch, because they were a very extra kind of seeds, and he was not going to risk them in the cornfield, among the corn. So before he put them in the ground, he asked each one of them what he wanted to be when he...


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