A haunting and sentimental tale of Nello, a young boy who aspires to be a painter, and his beloved dog Patrasche - both of whom endure poverty, hunger, cruelty and rejection right up to the tragic, bittersweet end.
as very happy.
Fortunately for his peace, his former owner was killed in a drunken brawl at the Kermesse of Mechlin, and so sought not after him nor disturbed him in his new and well-loved home.
A few years later, old Jehan Daas, who had always been a cripple, became so paralyzed with rheumatism that it was impossible for him to go out with the cart any more. Then little Nello, being now grown to his sixth year of age, and knowing the town well from having accompanied his grandfather so many times, took his place beside the cart, and sold the milk and received the coins in exchange, and brought them back to their respective owners with a pretty grace and seriousness which charmed all who beheld him.
The little Ardennois was a beautiful child, with dark, grave, tender eyes, and a lovely bloom upon his face, and fair locks that clustered to his throat; and many an artist sketched the group as it went by him--the green cart with the brass flagons o
A beautiful but very sad story about a dog rescued from death by an orphan (who is a genius) and his grandfather. Their experiences in the cruel world make me grateful for the laws the protect children and animals today. Great sociological, ethical, and spiritual implications. I will never forget this story.