The Irish Twins

Language: English
Wordcount: 23,191 / 71 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.8
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 575
Added to site: 2009.03.30 23802
Genre: Young Readers

In this short book the author conveys a very good image of the lives ofIrish country children at the end of the nineteenth century.

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ntirely to behave yourselves and grow up fine and respectable, like the lad in the tale. It goes like this now:--"

"It was once long ago in old Ireland, there was living a fine, clean, honest, poor widow woman, and she having two sons [Note 1], and she fetched the both of them up fine and careful, but one of them turned out bad entirely. And one day she says to him, says she:--

"`I've given you your living as long as ever I can, and it's you must go out into the wide world and seek your fortune.'

"`Mother, I will,' says he.

"`And will you take a big cake with my curse, or a little cake with my blessing?' says she.

"`A big cake, sure,' says he.

"So she baked a big cake and cursed him, and he went away laughing! By and by, he came forninst a spring in the woods, and sat down to eat his dinner off the cake, and a small, little bird sat on the edge of the spring.

"`Give me a bit of your cake for my little ones in the nest,' said she; and he caught up a stone and th

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