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Below the James; A Plantation Sketch (Paperback) Loot Price: R270
Discovery Miles 2 700
Below the James; A Plantation Sketch (Paperback): William Cabell Bruce

Below the James; A Plantation Sketch (Paperback)

William Cabell Bruce

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V THE SECOND DAY AT MOBOTOO The next morning after breakfast, Charles and I left the stable for a ride over the plantation. He was mounted on a strong, serviceable gelding, better fitted for his daily, systematic task of supervision than for the hunting field; I on a high-bred, black Kentucky saddlemare, which he kept for the use of his friends. He stopped first to take a glance at some work which his carpenter, Burwell Bassett, was doing on the gardener's house. Burwell was an aged negro, with stooping shoulders and a sleek, bald head, fringed with wiry tufts of white wool. Before we began our ride, Charles confided to me the fact that he was a good, worthy man, but as slow as a tortoise or a snail at his work; so much so that he could never understand, he said, how the construction of the Cologne Cathedral could have gone on for hundreds of years until the thought occurred to him that perhaps all the artisans engaged about it might have been like Burwell Bassett. To make things worse, Burwell, he declared, 82 was swathed in such dense folds of self-complacency as to be entirely impervious to any dart of criticism or reproof. "I asked him once," said Charles, "what kind of a person a certain man whom I was thinking of hiring was." "He's jes like me," replied Burwell. "He's a business man." Our interview with the old man merely brought out afresh the difficulty of dealing with him. Charles remarked that his job seemed to be making slow progress, and he replied with unruffled serenity: "Marster, dis am a moughty pertickler job." From the gardener's house we took a road that led in a westerly direction to the road which ran from the back entrance to the mansion grounds, along the stone wall, to the iron gates. When we reached the...

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Imprint: Theclassics.Us
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2013
First published: September 2013
Authors: William Cabell Bruce
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 34
ISBN-13: 978-1-230-46363-6
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-230-46363-1
Barcode: 9781230463636

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