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The Young Mountaineers

Short Stories

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Author: Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock)
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,174 / 134 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 635
Added to site: 2007.01.16 15818
Genre: Adventure

the distant blue ridges shimmering through the heated air. The sunlight was motionless, languid; it seemed asleep. The drowsy drone of insects filled the forest. As Si threw himself down to rest on the rocky brink of the mountain, a grasshopper sprang away suddenly, high into the air, with an agility that suggested to him the chorus of a song, which he began to sing in a loud and self-sufficient voice:--

"The grasshopper said--'Now, don't ye see Thar's mighty few dancers sech ez me-- Sech ez me!--Sech ez ME!'"

This reminded Si of his own capabilities as a dancer. He rose and began to caper nimbly, executing a series of steps that were singularly swift, spry, and unexpected,--a good deal on the grasshopper's method. His tattered black hat bobbed up and down on his tow head; his brown jeans trousers, so loose on his lean legs, flapped about hilariously; his bare heels flew out right and left; he snapped his fingers to mark the time; now and then he stuck his arms akimbo, and cut what he c



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