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The Talking Horse

And Other Tales

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Author: F. Anstey (Thomas Anstey Guthrie)
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 81,575 / 231 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 920
Added to site: 2008.11.17
mnybks.net#: 22656
Origin: gutenberg.org
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'I have long been looking out for a proprietor who would not overwork me: now, of course, I don't know, but you scarcely strike me as a hard rider.'

'I do not think I could be fairly accused of that,' I answered, with all the consciousness of innocence.

'Just so--then buy me.'

'No,' I gasped: 'after the extremely candid opinion you were good enough to express of my riding, I'm surprised that you should even suggest such a thing.'

'Oh, I will put up with that--you will suit me well enough, I dare say.'

'You must excuse me. I prefer to keep my spare cash for worthier objects; and, with your permission, I will spend the remainder of the afternoon on foot.'

'You will do nothing of the sort,' said he.

'If you won't stop, and let me get off properly,' I said with firmness, 'I shall roll off.' There were some promenaders within easy hail; but how was I to word a call for help, how explain such a dilemma as mine?

'You will only

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