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(without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... FOREWORD A Book is the better for a preface, just as a house is
the finer for a porch. People sometimes tell me they omit reading
an author's preface. How can they be so rude? They might as well
omit a bow when introduced to a new acquaintance. I make a point of
reading the prefaces written by other people, and, Gentle Reader, I
am sure you will read mine. This book is a plain-spoken treatise or
talk on the ways in vogue in good society, the society to which you
and I belong. It is a friendly book, and it will fit into any hour
of leisure a busy woman may happen to have. A busy man may find
something in it for him, too, if he take the trouble to look. Like
little Jack Horner, you may put in your thumb and pull out a plum
anywhere in this particular pie. Some books are offended if you do
not approach them with grave looks, and give them your close
attention. They turn a cold shoulder on you if you lose your place.
They demand that you give yourself up to them wholly. Other books
do not mind if you run into their shelter when you can, and stay
until somebody calls you from upstairs, "Mother, mother, hurry
here, please," or from downstairs, "Please come soon, dearest; the
syrup has boiled over in the oven " This is that sort of book. It
has a message for you, and you may listen and consider, and maybe
learn a little lesson or two by heart, precisely when it is most
convenient to yourself. Some books are out of place except on the
stateliest shelf in the library. Some books are proud and haughty
and not satisfied except on the parlor table. Other books like to
stay where you stay, and slip down beside you while you sew, or lie
near you on a stand in the sitting room, among the flowers and the
homely furniture, and near the baby's cradle. This is that sort of
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Margaret Elizabeth Munson Sangster
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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