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The Light in the Clearing

A Tale of the North Country in the Time of Silas Wright

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,188 / 251 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,125
Added to site: 2007.12.16
mnybks.net#: 19403
Origin: gutenberg.org

The second best selling novel of 1917.

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head a kind of watermelon thump with the middle finger of her right hand and with a curious look in her eyes. Uncle Peabody used to call it a "snaptious look." Almost always he whacked the bed with his slipper. There were exceptions, however, and, by and by, I came to know in each case the destination of the slipper for if I had done anything which really afflicted my conscience that strip of leather seemed to know the truth, and found its way to my person.

My Uncle Peabody was a man of a thousand. I often saw him laughing and talking to himself and strange fancies came into my head about it.

"Who be you talkin' to?" I asked.

"Who be I talkin' to, Bub? Why I'm talkin' to my friends."

"Friends?" I said.

"The friends I orto have had but ain't got. When I git lonesome I just make up a lot o' folks and some of 'em is good comp'ny."

He loved to have me with him, as he worked, and told me odd tales and seemed to enjoy my prattle. I often saw him stand with rough fingers st

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