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My Study Windows (1886)
by James Russell Lowell
Binding: Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 1.26 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0548872686
ISBN 13: 9780548872680
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: my poultry. But what would you have 1 He will come down upon the limb of the tree I am lying under till he is within a yard of me. He and his mate will scurry up and down the great black walnut for my diversion, chattering like monkeys. Can I sign his death warrant who has tolerated me about his grounds so long 1 Not I. Let them steal, and welcome. I am sure I should, had I had the same bringing up and the same temptation. As for the birds, I do not believe there is one of them but does more good than harm; and of how many featherless bipeds can this be said 1 A GOOD WORD FOR WINTER. ' Men scarcely know how beautiful fire is,' says Shelley; and I am apt to think there are a good many other things concerning which their knowledge might be largely increased without becoming burdensome. Nor are they altogether reluctant to be taught not so reluctant, perhaps, as unable and education is sure to find one fulcrum ready to her hand by which to get a purchase on them. For most of us, I have noticed, are not without an amiable willingness to assist at any spectacle or entertainment (loosely so called) for which no fee is charged at the door. If special tickets are sent us, another element of pleasure is added in a sense of privilege and pre eminence (pitiably scarce in a democracy), so deeply rooted in human nature that I have seen people take a strange satisfaction in being near of kin to the mute chief personage in a funeral. It gave them a moment's advantage over the rest of us whose grief was rated at a lower place in the procession. But the words ' admission free' at the bottom of a handbill, though holding out no bait of inequality, have yet a singular charm for many minds, especially in the country. There is something touching in the constancy with which men attendfree lectur...

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