Gabriel Conroy, Bohemian Papers; Stories of and for the Young

Gabriel Conroy, Bohemian Papers; Stories of and for the Young (Paperback)

By Bret Harte 
Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1150772786
EAN: 9781150772788
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 200
Publish Date: 2009-12-31
Binding: Paperback
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... STORIES OF AND FOR THE YOUNG THE QUEEN OF THE PIRATE ISLE I First knew her as the Queen of the Pirate Isle. To the best of my recollection she had no reasonable right to that title. She was only nine years old, inclined to plumpness and good humor, deprecated violence, and had never been to sea. Need it be added that she did not live in an island and that her name was Polly? Perhaps I ought to explain that she had already known other experiences of a purely imaginative character. Part of her existence had been passed as a Beggar Child, -- solely indicated by a shawl tightly folded round her shoulders, and chills; as a Schoolmistress, unnecessarily severe; as a Preacher, singularly personal in his remarks, and once, after reading one of Cooper's novels, as an Indian Maiden. This was, I believe, the only instance when she had borrowed from another's fiction. Most of the characters that she assumed for days and sometimes weeks at a time were purely original in conception; some so much so as to be vague to the general understanding. I remember that her personation of a certain Mrs. Smith, whose individuality was supposed to be sufficiently represented by a sunbonnet worn wrong side before and a weekly addition to her family, was never perfectly appreciated by her own circle although she lived the character for a month. Another creation known as "The Proud Lady " -- a being whose excessive and unreasonable haughtiness was so pronounced as to give her features the expression of extreme nausea -- caused her mother so much alarm that it had to be abandoned. This was easily effected. The Proud Lady was understood to have died. Indeed, most of Polly's impersonations were got rid of in this way, although it by no means prevented their subsequent reappearance. "I thought M...
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Title: Gabriel Conroy, Bohemian Papers; Stories of and for the Young
Publisher: General Books
Author: Bret Harte
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1150772786
EAN: 9781150772788
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 200
Publish Date: 2009-12-31
Binding: Paperback

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