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The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green

an Oxford freshman

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Author: Cuthbert Bede (Edward Bradley)
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 118,690 / 347 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,364 982

"Let the poker be heated" were the fearful words which greeted Mr. Verdant Green on his initiation into a spoof Lodge of Freemasonry at Oxford. This was one of the many "rags" of which he was the butt during his days at the university.In this humorous classic there is told the story of a very raw youth's introduction to university life, of fights between "town and gown," escapes from proctors, wiles of bed-makers, days on the river, or on and off horseback, and nights when "he kept his spirits up by pouring spirits down."These amusing experiences and diverting mishaps of an Oxford Freshman need no introduction to a public that has already read and laughed over them many times before.

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yed the village beauties they seemed loth to hide. Then came the grey church-tower, dark with shrouding ivy; then another clump of stately elms, tenanted by cawing rooks; then a yellow stretch of bright meadow-land, dappled over with browsing kine knee-deep in grass and flowers; then a deep pool that mirrored all, and shone like silver; then more trees with floating shade, and homesteads rich in wheat-stacks; then a willowy brook that sparkled on merrily to an old mill-wheel, whose slippery stairs it lazily got down, and sank to quiet rest in the stream below; then came, crowding in rich profusion, wide-spreading woods and antlered oaks; and golden gorse and purple heather; and sunny orchards, with their dark-green waves that in Spring foamed white with blossoms; and then gently swelling hills that rose to close the scene and frame the picture.

Such was the view from the Manor Green. And full of inspiration as such a scene was, yet Mr. Verdant Green never accomplished (as far as poetical inspiration wa

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • Follow Verdant as he contends with an academic life at Oxford.

  • Being a shy man and in his freshman year, he has two strikes against him already.

  • The vacations and a chance for, well, maybe love.

  • The traditions and a chance for mischief.


i downloaded this book because i was looking for somethimg light and funny to read. i only read about 20pages because i couldnt stand the typos. i know it is a free book and i can handle more than most people, but this was like every other paragraph.
also, the actual writing style was hard to follow because there are two characters (father and son) called «mr. green» and you dont always know who's who. i hate to give such a low rating but i have personally done kindle books myself and i know it could have been done much better.



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