Quicksilver

by George Manville Fenn

Dr Grayson has a theory that any boy, if rightly trained, can be made into a gentleman and a great man; and in order to confute a friendly objector decides to select from the workhouse a boy to experiment with. He chooses a boy with a bad reputation but with excellent instincts, and adopts him, the story narrating the adventures of the mercurial lad who thus finds himself suddenly lifted several degrees in the social scale. The idea is novel and handled with Mr Manville Fenn's accustomed cleverness the restless boyish nature with its inevitable tendency to get into scrapes being sympathetically and often humorously drawn."The story is capitally told, it abounds in graphic and well-described scenes, and it has an excellent and manly tone throughout."--The Guardian.

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