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A Boy's Town - Chapter 18. The Nature Of Boys A Boy's Town - Chapter 18. The Nature Of Boys

A Boy's Town - Chapter 18. The Nature Of Boys
CHAPTER XVIII. THE NATURE OF BOYSI TELL these things about my boy, not so much because they were peculiar to him as because I think they are, many of them, common to all boys. One tiresome fact about boys is that they are so much alike; or used to be. They did not wish to be so, but they could not help it. They did not even know they were alike; and my boy used to suffer in ways that he believed no boy had ever suffered before; but as he grew older he found that boys had been suffering in... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1014

A Boy's Town - Chapter 17. Fantasies And Superstitions A Boy's Town - Chapter 17. Fantasies And Superstitions

A Boy's Town - Chapter 17. Fantasies And Superstitions
CHAPTER XVII. FANTASIES AND SUPERSTITIONSMY boy used to be afraid of this monument, which stood a long time, or what seemed to him a long time, in the yard of the tombstone cutter before it was put up at the grave of the philosopher who imagined the earth as hollow as much of the life is on it. He was a brave officer in the army which held the region against the Indians in the pioneer times; he passed the latter part of his life there, and he died and was buried in the Boy's Town. My boy had to go... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1581

A Boy's Town - Chapter 16. Other Boys A Boy's Town - Chapter 16. Other Boys

A Boy's Town - Chapter 16. Other Boys
CHAPTER XVI. OTHER BOYSI CANNOT quite understand why the theatre, which my boy was so full of, and so fond of, did not inspire him to write plays, to pour them out, tragedy upon tragedy, till the world was filled with tears and blood. Perhaps it was because his soul was so soaked, and, as it were, water-logged with the drama, that it could only drift sluggishly in that welter of emotions, and make for no point, no port it could recover itself and direct its powers again. The historical romance which he had begun to write before the impassioned... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2626

A Boy's Town - Chapter 15. My Boy A Boy's Town - Chapter 15. My Boy

A Boy's Town - Chapter 15. My Boy
CHAPTER XV. MY BOYEVERY boy is two or three boys, or twenty or thirty different kinds of boys in one; he is all the time living many lives and forming many characters; but it is a good thing if he can keep one life and one character when he gets to be a man. He may turn out to be like an onion when he is grown up, and be nothing but hulls, that you keep peeling off, one after another, till you think you have got down to the heart, at last, and then you have got down to nothing.... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2576

A Boy's Town - Chapter 14. Foraging A Boy's Town - Chapter 14. Foraging

A Boy's Town - Chapter 14. Foraging
CHAPTER XIV. FORAGINGTHE foraging began with the first relenting days of winter, which usually came in February. Then the boys began to go to the woods to get sugar-water, as they called the maple sap, and they gave whole Saturdays to it as long as the sap would run. It took at least five or six boys to go for sugar-water, and they always had to get a boy whose father had an auger to come along, so as to have something to bore the trees with. On their way to the woods they had to stop at an elder thicket... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1086

A Boy's Town - Chapter 13. Guns And Gunning A Boy's Town - Chapter 13. Guns And Gunning

A Boy's Town - Chapter 13. Guns And Gunning
CHAPTER XIII. GUNS AND GUNNINGALL round the Boy's Town stood the forest, with the trees that must have been well grown when Mad Anthony Wayne drove the Indians from their shadow forever. The white people had hewn space for their streets and houses, for their fields and farmsteads, out of the woods, but where the woods had been left they were of immemorial age. They were not very dense, and the timber was not very heavy; the trees stood more like trees in a park than trees in a forest; there was little or no undergrowth, except here and there a... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2253

A Boy's Town - Chapter 12. Pets A Boy's Town - Chapter 12. Pets

A Boy's Town - Chapter 12. Pets
CHAPTER XII. PETSAS there are no longer any Whig boys in the world, the coon can no longer be kept anywhere as a political emblem, I dare say. Even in my boy's time the boys kept coons just for the pleasure of it, and without meaning to elect Whig governors and presidents with them. I do not know how they got them--they traded for them, perhaps, with fellows in the country that had caught them, or perhaps their fathers bought them in market; some people thought they were very good to eat, and, like poultry and other things for the table,... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 543

A Boy's Town - Chapter 8. Plays And Pastimes A Boy's Town - Chapter 8. Plays And Pastimes

A Boy's Town - Chapter 8. Plays And Pastimes
CHAPTER VIII. PLAYS AND PASTIMESABOUT the time fate cursed him with a granted prayer in those boots, my boy was deep in the reading of a book about Grecian mythology which he found perpetually fascinating; he read it over and over without ever thinking of stopping merely because he had already been through it twenty or thirty times. It had pictures of all the gods and goddesses, demigods and heroes; and he tried to make poems upon their various characters and exploits. But Apollo was his favorite, and I believe it was with some hope of employing them in a personation... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 3114

A Boy's Town - Chapter 7. Manners And Customs A Boy's Town - Chapter 7. Manners And Customs

A Boy's Town - Chapter 7. Manners And Customs
CHAPTER VII. MANNERS AND CUSTOMSI SOMETIMES wonder how much these have changed since my boy's time. Of course they differ somewhat from generation to generation, and from East to West and North to South, but not so much, I believe, as grown people are apt to think. Everywhere and always the world of boys is outside of the laws that govern grown-up communities, and it has its unwritten usages, which are handed down from old to young, and perpetuated on the same level of years, and are lived into and lived out of, but are binding, through all personal vicissitudes, upon... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1965

A Boy's Town - Chapter 6. Schools And Teachers A Boy's Town - Chapter 6. Schools And Teachers

A Boy's Town - Chapter 6. Schools And Teachers
CHAPTER VI. SCHOOLS AND TEACHERSMY boy had not a great deal to do with schools after his docile childhood. When he began to run wild with the other boys he preferred their savage freedom; and he got out of going to school by most of the devices they used. He had never quite the hardihood to play truant, but he was subject to sudden attacks of sickness, which came on about school-time and went off towards the middle of the forenoon or afternoon in a very strange manner. I suppose that such complaints are unknown at the present time, but the... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 621

A Boy's Town - Chapter 5. The Hydraulic And Its Reservoirs.--Old River A Boy's Town - Chapter 5. The Hydraulic And Its Reservoirs.--Old River

A Boy's Town - Chapter 5. The Hydraulic And Its Reservoirs.--Old River
CHAPTER V. THE HYDRAULIC AND ITS RESERVOIRS.--OLD RIVERTHERE were two branches of the Hydraulic: one followed the course of the Miami, from some unknown point to the northward, on the level of its high bank, and joined the other where it emptied into the river just above the bridge. This last came down what had been a street, and it must have been very pretty to have these two swift streams of clear water rushing through the little town, under the culverts, and between the stone walls of its banks. But what a boy mainly cares for in a thing is... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2269

A Boy's Town - Chapter 4. The Canal And Its Basin A Boy's Town - Chapter 4. The Canal And Its Basin

A Boy's Town - Chapter 4. The Canal And Its Basin
CHAPTER IV. THE CANAL AND ITS BASINTHE canal came from Lake Erie, two hundred miles to the northward, and joined the Ohio River twenty miles south of the Boy's Town. For a time my boy's father was collector of tolls on it, but even when he was old enough to understand that his father held this State office (the canal belonged to the State) because he had been such a good Whig, and published the Whig newspaper, he could not grasp the notion of the distance which the canal-boats came out of and went into. He saw them come and he... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2432

A Boy's Town - Chapter 3. The River A Boy's Town - Chapter 3. The River

A Boy's Town - Chapter 3. The River
CHAPTER III. THE RIVERIT seems to me that the best way to get at the heart of any boy's town is to take its different watercourses and follow them into it. The house where my boy first lived was not far from the river, and he must have seen it often before he noticed it. But he was not aware of it till he found it under the bridge. Without the river there could not have been a bridge; the fact of the bridge may have made him look for the river; but the bridge is foremost in his mind. It... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1086

A Boy's Town - Chapter 2. Home And Kindred A Boy's Town - Chapter 2. Home And Kindred

A Boy's Town - Chapter 2. Home And Kindred
CHAPTER II. HOME AND KINDREDAS the Boy's Town was, in one sense, merely a part of the boy, I think I had better tell something about my boy's family first, and the influences that formed his character, so that the reader can be a boy with him there on the intimate terms which are the only terms of true friendship. His great-grandfather was a prosperous manufacturer of Welsh flannels, who had founded his industry in a pretty town called The Hay, on the river Wye, in South Wales the boy saw one of his mills, still making Welsh flannels, when... Long Stories - Post by : AmyFolk - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1398

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 75 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 75

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 75
PART III CHAPTER LXXVExcept for the first day and night out from Queenstown, when the ship rolled and pitched with straining and squeaking noises, and a thumping of the lifted screws, there was no rough weather, and at last the ocean was livid and oily, with a long swell, on which she swayed with no perceptible motion save from her machinery. Most of the seamanship seemed to be done after dark, or in those early hours when March found the stewards cleaning the stairs, and the sailors scouring the promenades. He made little acquaintance with his fellow-passengers. One morning he almost... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1707

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 76 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 76

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 76
PART III CHAPTER LXXVIIn the mean time Mrs. March and Miss Triscoe were discussing another offence of Burnamy's. "It wasn't," said the girl, excitedly, after a plunge through all the minor facts to the heart of the matter, "that he hadn't a perfect right to do it, if he thought I didn't care for him. I had refused him at Carlsbad, and I had forbidden him to speak to me about--on the subject. But that was merely temporary, and he ought to have known it. He ought to have known that I couldn't accept him, on the spur of the moment,... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2636

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 73 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 73

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 73
PART III CHAPTER LXXIIIIn fulfilment of another ideal Mrs. March took straightway to her berth when she got on board the Cupania, and to her husband's admiration she remained there till the day before they reached New York. Her theory was that the complete rest would do more than anything else to calm her shaken nerves; and she did not admit into her calculations the chances of adverse weather which March would not suggest as probable in the last week in September. The event justified her unconscious faith. The ship's run was of unparalled swiftness, even for the Cupania, and of... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1273

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 72 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 72

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 72
PART III CHAPTER LXXIIIn the morning March came home from his bankers gay with the day's provisional sunshine in his heart, and joyously expectant of his wife's pleasure in the letters he was bringing. There was one from each of their children, and there was one from Fulkerson, which March opened and read on the street, so as to intercept any unpleasant news there might be in them; there were two letters for Mrs. March which he knew without opening were from Miss Triscoe and Mrs. Adding respectively; Mrs. Adding's, from the postmarks, seemed to have been following them about for... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1691

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 71 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 71

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 71
PART III CHAPTER LXXIThe morning was raw, but it was something not to have it rainy; and the clouds that hung upon the hills and hid their tops were at least as fine as the long board signs advertising chocolate on the river banks. The smoke rising from the chimneys of the manufactories of Mayence was not so bad, either, when one got them in the distance a little; and March liked the way the river swam to the stems of the trees on the low grassy shores. It was like the Mississippi between St. Louis and Cairo in that, and... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 2207

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 67 Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 67

Their Silver Wedding Journey - Part 3 - Chapter 67
PART III CHAPTER LXVIIAgatha did not come down to supper with Burnamy. She asked August, when she gave him her father's order, to have a cup of tea sent to her room , when it came, she remained thinking so long that it was rather tepid by the time she drank it. Then she went to her window, and looked out, first above and next below. Above, the moon was hanging over the gardened hollow before the Museum with the airy lightness of an American moon. Below was Burnamy behind the tubbed evergreens, sitting tilted in his chair against the house... Long Stories - Post by : jlassociates - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Dean Howells - Read : 1334