The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales

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LITTLE DAFFYDOWNDILLY

DAFFYDOWNDILLY was so called because in his nature he resembled a flower, and loved to do only what was beautiful and agreeable, and took no delight in labor of any kind. But, while Daffydowndilly was yet a little boy, his mother sent him away from his pleasant home, and put him under the care of a very strict schoolmaster, who went by the name of Mr. Toil. Those who knew him best affirmed that this Mr. Toil was a very worthy character; and that he had done more good, both to children and grown people, than anybody else in the world. Certainly he had lived long enough to do a great deal of good; for, if all stories be true, he had dwelt upon the earth ever since Adam was driven from the garden of Eden.

Nevertheless, Mr. Toil had a severe and ugly countenance, especially for such little boys or big men as were inclined to be idle ; his voice, too, was harsh; and all his ways and customs seemed very disagreeable to our friend Daffydowndilly. The whole day long, this terrible old schoolmaster sat at his desk overlooking the scholars, or stalked about the schoolroom with a certain awful birch rod in his hand. Now came a rap over the shoulders of a boy whom Mr. Toil had caught at play; now he punished a whole class who were behindhand with their lessons; and, in short, unless a lad chose to attend quietly and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • Preface - To Horatio Bridge, Esq., U.S.N xix
  • The Snow-Image - A Childish Miracle 1
  • The Great Stone Face 23
  • Main-Street 49
  • Ethan Brand - A Chapter from an Abortive Ro­ Mance 87
  • A Bell’s Biography 110
  • Sylph Etherege 119
  • The Canterbury Pilgrims 129
  • Old News 142
  • The Man of Adamant - An Apologue 176
  • The Devil in Manuscript 186
  • John Inglefield’s Thanks­ Giving 196
  • Old Ticonderoga - A Picture of the Past 203
  • The Wives of the Dead 210
  • Little Daffydowndilly 219
  • Major Molineux 228
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