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The History of Gutta-Percha Willie

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Published: 1873
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,708 / 127 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 845
Added to site: 2007.06.18
mnybks.net#: 17347
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she was cross, she grew unfair, and said to Willie-

"You think a great deal of yourself, Master Willie! Pray what could those idle little hands of yours do, if you were to try?"

"I don't know, for I haven't tried," answered Willie.

"It's a pity you shouldn't," she rejoined, "if you think they would turn out so very clever."

She didn't mean anything but crossness when she said this-for which probably a severe rheumatic twinge which just then passed through her shoulder was also partly to blame. But Willie took her up quite seriously, and asked in a tone that showed he wanted it accounted for-

"Why haven't I ever done anything, Mrs Wilson?"

"You ought to know that best yourself," she answered, still cross. "I suppose because you don't like work. Your good father and mother work very hard, I'm sure. It's a shame of you to be so idle."

This was rather hard on a boy of seven, for Willie was no more then. It made him look very grave indeed, if not unhappy, for a lit

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