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“Mr. Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking people to stay with him.”
“I do hope I shall enjoy myself with you ... I am parshial to ladies if they are nice I suppose it is my nature. I am not quite a gentleman but you would hardly notice it.”
“I am very fond of fresh air and royalties.”
“Ethel patted her hair and looked very sneery.”
“... my life will be sour grapes and ashes without you.”
“Let us now bask under the spreading trees said Bernard in a passiunate tone. Oh yes lets said Ethel and she opened her dainty parasole and sank down upon the long grass. She closed her eyes but she was far from asleep.”
“Bernard placed one arm tightly round her. When will you marry me Ethel he uttered you must be my wife it has come to that I love you so intensly that if you say no I shall perforce dash my body to the brink of yon muddy river he panted wildly. O dont do that implored Ethel breathing rather hard.”
“... taking the bull by both horns he kissed her violently on her dainty face. My bride to be he murmered several times.”
Daisy Ashford, English child-writer
(1881 - 1972)
Full name: Margaret Mary Ashford Devilin. This book was written when the author was 9 years old.