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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1892 Excerpt: ... My interest was aroused, and, after some further conversation, seeing that I was really sympathetic in my curiosity, my new friend told me his story:--"If you would really like to hear it, sir, you shall learn how I won my bride. It will help me, perhaps, to quiet the desperate impatience I feel, to recall all the details of the past, since you have the goodness to listen. "My name is Thomas Neville. Ten years ago I was a waiter at the Massasoit House, in Springfield, Massachusetts. You look immensely astonished at that statement, and perhaps I haven't quite the air of a flunkey about me now. All the same, I did set the table, wash the dishes, and wait behind the chairs of that famous hotel only ten years ago, and, what is more, I had not thought much then of doing anything better. "My parents were poor people. My father never got above being a journeyman carpenter. My mother, dear heart, was a small and pretty woman, with little feet and hands that some years of housework had not made large. She used sometimes of an evening, when the house was quiet, to tell me how her mother had been a lady. 'A real lady, Tom,' she would say. 4 She ran away with my poor father, who was only a bricklayer's son, with a handsome face, and who, I am afraid, deceived her into marrying him by telling her that he was somebody great. She died of a broken heart when I was a little girl, so I had not much bringing up to be like her, but she was a real lady, Tom, and I have always hoped that you would be a gentleman.' "For a long time this talk made very little impression on me. I went to school, like all other boys, till I was twelve years old, working at odd jobs outside to make a little money; then I tried carpentering for a while, but somehow it did not suit me, and so I drifted...
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