Excerpt: ...you're not to." "Certainly not!" said Mr. Bultitude with great decision. "I shouldn't think of such a thing!" and he rose from the bench and was about to walk away, when Tipping suddenly pulled off his coat and began to make sundry demonstrations of a martial nature, such as dancing aggressively towards his rival and clenching his fists. Pg 144 By this time most of the other boys had come down into the playground, and were looking on with great interest. There was an element of romance in this promised combat which gave it additional attractions. It was like one of the struggles between knightly champions in the Waverley novels. Several of them would have fought till they couldn't see out of their eyes if it would have given them the least chance of obtaining favour in Dulcie's sight, and they all envied Dick, who was the only boy that was not unmercifully snubbed by their capricious little princess. Paul alone was blind to the splendour of his privileges. He examined Tipping carefully, as the latter was still assuming a hostile attitude and chanting a sort of war-cry supposed to be an infallible incentive to strife. "Yah, you're afraid!" he sang very offensively. "I wouldn't be a funk!" "Pooh!" said Paul at last; "go away, sir, go away!" "Go away, eh?" jeered Tipping. "Who are you to tell me to go away? Go away yourself!" "Certainly," said Paul, only too happy to oblige. But he found himself prevented by a ring of excited backers. "Don't funk it, Dick!" cried some, forgetting recent ill-feeling in the necessity for partisanship. "Go in and settle him as you did that last time. I'll second you. You can do it!" "Don't hit each other in the face," pleaded Dulcie, who had got upon a bench and was looking down into the ring
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There is an old story of a punctiliously polite Greek, who, while performing the funeral of an infant daughter, felt bound to make his excuses to the spectators for "bringing out such a ridiculously small corpse to so large a crowd." The Author, although he trusts that the present production has more vitality than the Greek gentleman's child, still feels that in these days of philosophical fiction, metaphysical romance, and novels with a purpose, some apology may perhaps be needed for a tale which has the unambitious and frivolous aim of mere amusement.
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Book Description Penguin, GB, 1981. Paperback. Book Condition: nrVG. 1st Thus. The Wonderfully Funny Novel of a Father and Son Changing Places- Now an ATV Serial Book is in near very good condition with minor but just noticeable signs of wear and/or age. Bookseller Inventory # p05296a