As It Was Written; A Jewish Musician's Story

9780217440912: As It Was Written; A Jewish Musician's Story

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... "Most certainly I do." "Man alive, look in the glass.--Here." Merivale held up the miniature in one hand and a pocket-mirror in the other. As closely as it is possible for one human countenance to resemble another, the face of the picture resembled my reflection in the glass. "Are you satisfied?" demanded Merivale.-- "Why, what ails you?" he continued presently, as I did not answer. "You look as if you had seen a ghost. Are you ill?" "It has caused me quite a turn," I replied. "It must indeed be a portrait of my father. But do you know--wait--let me tell you something." What I told Merivale I shall have also to tell the reader. I could remember neither of my parents. As a child, I had lived in a dark old house with a good old rabbi and his wife--Dr. and Mrs. Hirsch. I had never stopped to ask whether or not they were my father and mother until I was eleven or twelve years of age. Then, the question having been suggested by a schoolmate, I had said, "Dr. Lesser"--Lesser being the rabbi's given name--" are you my father?" To which the doctor, beaming at me over the rim of his spectacles, had responded, "No, my child: you are an orphan."--" An orphan? That means?" I pursued. "That your papa and mamma are dead," said he.--" Have they been dead long?" I asked indifferently. "Ever since you were the tiniest little tot," he replied. And thereupon, as the subject did not prove especially interesting, I had let it drop. Time went on. I was perfectly contented. The doctor and his wife were kindness personified. The present occupied me so pleasantly that I forgot to be curious about the past. But at length, when I was fifteen, the question of my parentage was again brought to my mind-- this time by a lad with whom I had had a quarrel and who as a parting thrust had inquire...

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Henry Harland
Published by General Books LLC (2009)
ISBN 10: 0217440916 ISBN 13: 9780217440912
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Better World Books
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Book Description General Books LLC, 2009. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79860806

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