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The Spectacle Man

A Story of the Missing Bridge

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,270 / 114 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.7
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 303
Added to site: 2010.01.17 26351

This is a story with a moral. Its keynote is the power and influence of innocent, beautiful character. The scenes are enacted in Kentucky. The heroine is a gentle child whose warm-hearted temperament proves the unconscious means of a reconciliation between her father and an estranged aunt.

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all about, both indoors and out. The only other child in the house was a little girl who looked down from a heavy gilt frame above the library mantel. The boy, who was just six years old, used to lie on the hearth rug, gazing up at her, and sometimes she would smile and beckon to him as if she wanted to be friends.

This happened only at nightfall when the shadows lay dark in the corners of the room and the fire blazed brightly; at such times things that had before been a puzzle to him became quite clear. For instance, he discovered one evening that what looked like the frame of a picture was really a doorway belonging to the house where the little girl lived, and it was plain that if he could only get up there he could find out all about her. Once there, he felt sure she would take him by the hand and together they would go away--away--somewhere! But the mantel was very high, and polished like glass.

One afternoon when he had come in from a long drive, and feeling tired was lying very still in



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