Free Book Online



3.3 (3420)

Log in to rate this item

    Available in PDF Format | Stanley.pdf | Unknown
    Horace Binney Wallace
Excerpt from book: STANLEY. CHAPTER I. Dreams, books, are each a world: and books we know Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow. Wordsworth. I Was born near the village of Merton, a small town in one of the Atlantic States, not far distant from the metropolis of the east. I had the misfortune to lose my mother, at an earlier period than I can remember. My father resided alone with myself, who was his only son, in a small house which stood by itself at a short distance from the neighbouring village. He had inherited a large fortune, and had formerly lived in one of the cities, with some degree of splendour, and not altogether undistinguished for rank and talent. By one of those sudden reverses, to which in a mercantile country even those not engaged in commerce are liable, he at length found himself deprived of a large estate, and reduced from affluence to a scanty competence. He continued for some time in his former situation, enduring the misery of one of the bitterest struggles to which a man can be subject, that of endeavouring to maintain the standing to which his rank entitles him, but to which his income is unequal, and being constantly tempted to a hopeless rivalry, and exposed to the mortification of being excelled by his equals. Before many years, however, his better understanding, and the pressure of difficulties which had grown too strong to be resisted, induced him to give up his city residence andseek a dwelling in some humbler town. Shortly after his removal to Merton my mother died, and the contracted expenses of his diminished establishment, and the income from a small office which he held, enabled him to support himself in comfort. My father was exceedingly reserv...  
3.2 (2999)
  • Pdf

*An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Formats for this Ebook

Required Software Any PDF Reader, Apple Preview
Supported Devices Windows PC/PocketPC, Mac OS, Linux OS, Apple iPhone/iPod Touch.
# of Devices Unlimited
Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Book details

  • PDF | 184 pages
  • Horace Binney Wallace
  • General Books LLC
  • Unknown
  • 7
  • Other
Read online or download a free book: Stanley

Review Text

The message text: