A Girl of the Commune

A Tale of Two Sieges of Paris

Author: G. A. Henty
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 132,145 / 360 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,607
Added to site: 2008.01.13
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wants to buy fifty shares."

The manager glanced sharply at him.

"They stand at a premium," Mr. Brander went on, as if not noticing the glance; "though they have fallen thirty shillings lately. It is not an investment I should myself recommend, but at the same time, for various reasons, I did not care to endeavor to dissuade him; it would scarcely do for it to be reported that I had said anything to the disadvantage of this institution, standing as I do in the position of its solicitor. I think you mentioned the other day that you held rather more shares than you cared for, perhaps you could let me have some?"

The other nodded. "I could part with fifty," he said, dryly.

"Let me think, when was the last board meeting?"

"This day fortnight."

"I have rather neglected the matter in the pressure of business," Mr. Brander said, quietly, "and my client thinks the matter is already concluded, so perhaps it would be as well to date the transfer on the day after the board meetin

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I\'m only halfway through this one and not sure if I\'ll finish it. Henty is at his worst when writing about anything class related. He just can\'t help but see the lower classes with nothing but contempt and rabble rousers. In an almost ironic twist his hero constantly looks down on the French for their revolutionary tendencies. Why can\'t they be like proper Englishmen, not think, and just do as they\'re told. Henty would not see any Irony in this, sadly.

I\'m gonna stay away from any Henty books dealing with social issues. After the Luddite story and now this one I have learnt my lesson.


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