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An Island Plant; A Nantucket Story (Paperback) Loot Price: R270
Discovery Miles 2 700
An Island Plant; A Nantucket Story (Paperback): Mary Catherine Lee

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An Island Plant; A Nantucket Story (Paperback)

Mary Catherine Lee

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Loot Price R270 Discovery Miles 2 700

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... II. THE GEEEN BRANCHES. June brought to Nantucket, in the olden time, a gala day of importance; in the presumption of some minds, of even more importance than were the great festivals of the vintage and of the gods of which we read. Yet nobody reads of the great shearing-days of Nantucket, when the many thousand sheep of that island were shorn of their fleeces. During all the year previous to and succeeding that event, the flocks roamed at pleasure over the plains, though sometimes at pleasure was at pain; for when the sparse verdure was cropped close, or the deadly breath of winter was upon it, when the pools were frozen, and the sleet-laden winds pierced to the tender skin under their woolly coats, driven by suffering they swarmed into the town, and degenerated from the pastoral flocks of poesy to beggars and scavengers. Then the goodwives threw their vegetable parings and the refuse of their frugal tables into the streets. This was the winter provision for the sheep. And timid children, awakening on bitter nights, cried out in terror of strange tramplings, as of a stealthy host pressing inward to the house, and of widespread gusty breathings in the air; but they listened with a moment's pleased interest and then sank into peace again, when their mothers' voices bade them fear not, for it was only the sheep pressing close under the house walls to keep warm. By June their makeshifts and degradation seemed well over, and they were fit subjects for poetry again; but then came the demand for their fleeces, and the luxury of basking and browsing in the sunshine was interrupted by the washing and making ready for shearing-day. On the part of the human population, besides the gathering and cleansing of the innumerable flocks, there were the...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2012
First published: July 2012
Authors: Mary Catherine Lee
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 1mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 18
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-58797-5
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-58797-5
Barcode: 9781154587975

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