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(without typos) from the publisher. 1876. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... An Unpleasant Fellow. 113 still present to our mind, just as
the fragrance of some fair flower we have felt at times seems to
affect our sense of smell, though the flower itself may long have
lain--'Scentless and dead.' In direct antithesis to this was the
character exemplified by Andrew. This boy, our schoolfellow too,
would attempt in every way but the right one to sway our councils,
although his attempts were nearly always futile, or carried only a
negative influence. Aware of the fact that he was possessed of no
moral suasion, he sought to meet his deficiency in this respect by
coercion. The slave of a fierce temper, which kindled into fury on
the slightest provocation or opposition to his wishes, and, when in
such fiery moods, utterly regardless of the injury he inflicted
upon his playfellows, --kicking and plunging at all hands, --it
must be owned that Andrew was considerably more dreaded than
respected, and his fractious, bullying disposition had full play
for a long time, until, in an evil moment, his weak point was
discovered under circumstances which, on the face of them, did not
seem calculated to bring about such a result. Some trifling cause
had given Andrew occasion for his usual ebullition of wrath, and he
was about to annihilate the offender, a little Irish boy who
sometimes kept company with us, when the culprit, in the
extravagant manner of his country, popped down on his knees and in
Hibernian patois began to beseech his irate foe for pity. All in
vain, --Andrew was a stranger to that sentiment, --and matters
looked serious indeed for the suppliant, until in his agony he
clutched Andrew's left hand in both his own and held on firmly.
Andrew's right wrist had a malformation about it, but it had never
teen known until then that this malformation re
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