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Eric, or, Little by Little

A Tale of Roslyn School

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Published: 1858
Language: English
Wordcount: 94,925 / 275 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 889
Added to site: 2006.02.06 12615

avy book on the top of a door left partially ajar, and to cry out "Crown him" as the first luckless youngster who happened to come in received the book thundering on his head. One day, just as the trap had been adroitly laid, Mr. Lawley walked in unexpectedly. The moment he entered the school-room, down came an Ainsworth's Dictionary on the top of his hat, and the boy, concealed behind the door, unconscious of who the victim was, enunciated with mock gravity, "Crown him! three cheers."

It took Mr. Lawley a second to raise from his eyebrows the battered hat, and recover from his confusion; the next instant he was springing after the boy who had caused the mishap, and who, knowing the effects of the master's fury, fled with precipitation. In one minute the offender was caught, and Mr. Lawley's heavy hand fell recklessly on his ears and back, until he screamed with terror. At last by a tremendous writhe, wrenching himself free, he darted towards the door, and Mr. Lawley, too exhausted to pursue, snatched

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Michael Smith

A book aptly described by Benny Green as 'the most unconsciously funny book of the nineteenth century'. Priceless.


An excellent and easy read. Really. I was very surprised how I felt for Eric. It is a story of a boy gone bad by the 'little' things in life. Hence the title. A great cathartic journey of a teen through the vices of drinking, smoking, and worse as told through Victorian eyes. The message of choices and charater are the same today. It is about suffering, faith, and redemption. Even though I'm moving in the direction of being an atheist, I found the moral narrative soulful and reflective of my own life. I'm putting together a list of a few select books to suggest to my son when he transitions into his teens. This will be on the list.



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