The Story of a Perfect Gentleman

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Author: Ian Hay (John Hay Beith)
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,590 / 41 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 704
Added to site: 2009.04.05 23852

A story about a dog.

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. He was not the product of the pond. Some one must have thrown him in, and he came out."

"That is just what some one must have done with the sword," retorted Eileen. "So we'll call you Excalibur, won't we, darling little Scally?"

She embraced the puppy warmly and the unsuspecting animal replied by frantically licking her face.

However, the name stuck, with variations. When the puppy was big enough he was presented with a collar, engraved with the name Excalibur, together with my name and address. Among ourselves we usually addressed him as Scally. The children in the village called him the Scalawag.

His time during his first year in our household was fully occupied in growing up. Stella declared that if one could have persuaded him to stand still for five minutes it would have been actually possible to see him grow. He grew at the rate of about an inch a week for the best part of a year. When he had finished he looked like nothing on earth. At one time we cherished a brief but ill


Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Lisa Carr

I'm not sure why the synopsis says "A story of school life." It's a pure entertainment story, with, mercifully, no social commentary.
A family travels to London to get a dog, is run ragged, and returns home empty-handed, where they find a half-drowned puppy, which they adopt.
The dog grows up to be big, friendly, ugly, and dumber than a box of rocks. The family's adventures with the dog are quite funny. This could easily have become a Disney movie.
The writing is good, and though written for adults, children will find it amusing.

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