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The Widow and the Parrot

Woolf, Virginia. Illus. by Julian Bell

ISBN 10: 0152967834 / ISBN 13: 9780152967833
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, San Diego, CA, 1988
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Near fine, owner name front pastedown, in a fine DJ; Illustrated by Woolf's grandnephew, Julian Bell; First; Cloth backed boards; 4to; DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 15544

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Title: The Widow and the Parrot

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, San Diego, CA

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrated by Bell, Julian

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition

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Victorian tale centers on a poor elderly widow who, while journeying to claim an inheritance left by her miserly brother, learns that kindness to animals can bring surprising rewards

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Mrs. Gage hears of her brother's death and journeys to collect her inheritance, a house and some 3000 sterling. Her dog was left behind; she is devoted to him and the other animals, despite her poverty. Her brother, on the other hand, was not only miserly but cruel to animalsshe had seen him with her own eyes, as children, "trim a hairy caterpillar with a pair of scissors." The widow arrives to find a small shack with all but worthless contents, and a gray parrot called James that shrieks "Not at home!" The money is nowhere to be found. Mrs. Gage feeds James some sugar and talks to him, as her brother used to, "as if he were a rational being." As she returns home from the solicitors she loses her way in the dark and is saved by the light of a huge fireher brother's house. She worries about the bird and tries to save him. Instead, he saves herhe had ignited the fire and now leads her to her brother's hidden money. The story behind this lighthearted tale of heroism, mystery and kindness to animals is that Woolf had contributed this piece to her nephews' family newspaper. Bell, her grand-nephew, has illustrated the story with watercolors that are, in most scenes, dusky with twilight. All ages.
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