Christmas Eve at Swamp's End

Author: Norman Duncan
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,060 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 597
Added to site: 2008.12.25
mnybks.net#: 22963
Genre: Short Story
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Excerpt

window. Whew! How deliciously mysterious it was! Nothing much, however, happened in Pale Peter's living-room to continue the thrill. Charlie the Infidel, in haste, chanced to brush the fawn-skin cloak off the table. He paused impatiently to pick it up, and to fling it back in a heap: whereupon he pressed on to the bar. That wasn't very thrilling, you may be sure; but Charlie the Infidel, after all, was only a father, and Pattie Batch, her courage not at all diminished, still waited in the frosty shadow, quite absorbed in expectation. Entered, then, Mrs. Bartender--a blonde, bored, novel-reading little lady in splendid array. First of all, as Pattie Batch observed, she yawned; secondly, she yawned again. And she was about to attempt the extraordinary feat of yawning a third time--and doubtless would have achieved it--when her washed blue eyes chanced to fall on the fawn-skin coat, with its lining of golden-brown silk shimmering in the lamplight. She picked it up, of course, in a bored sort of way; and

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2011.12.01
Charles
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Some unusual sentence construction makes this short story a little clunky in places, but overall it is an interesting, uplifting piece of Christmas in the great wooded (and sparsely populated) expanses of years gone by.


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