978-0-915864-36-2 / 9780915864362

Fanchon, the cricket: Or, La petite Fadette : with a new chronology of her life and work


Publisher:Cassandra Editions



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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...have often done them good, and never evil. But, suppose I were inclined to care for my personal appearance, where should I find the means for ornaments and finery? Though I have not a halfpenny in the world, I am no beggar; and as for my grandmother, she hardly gives me food and lodging. Is it my fault, if I do not know how to make the most of the poor things left me by my mother, since no one has taught me, and since, from the age of ten, I have been abandoned, unloved, and uncared for? I know well the nature of the reproaches lavished upon me, and which you have been charitable enough to spare me. People say that, being sixteen years old, I could hire myself out, and so earn the means for my own maintenance, adding that it is my love of an idle and vagabond life which keeps me with my grandmother, who bears me no love, and who could well afford to keep a servant if she would." " And is not this true, Fanchon?" asked Landry " You are accused of disliking work, and your grand mother herself says to all who will listen to her complaints, that she should gam by taking a servant in your place." " My grandmother says so because she loves to grumble and complain, and yet when I speak of quit; ting her, she detains me, well knowing that I am of more use to her than she cares to admit She-has no longer the eyes and legs of fifteen with which to seek herbs for her drinks and powders, and some of them are to. be found only in far-off and difficult places. Besides, as I have always told you, I myself find properties in herbs with which she is unacquaint-,ed, and sometimes, to her great surprise, produce a drug, whose beneficial effects she cannot deny. As for our live stock, they are all so handsome and healthy that people are surprised to find...

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