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Us (an Old Fashioned Story)

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Stolen away!


Little Duke and Pamela have been born into harder times than they can know. They lost both father and mother in their infancies -- but at least they have grandma and grandpa to look after them, and a nurse, and now a governess who gives them lessons each morning.

This morning, though, Nurse has fallen ill -- and somehow the children manage to break one of th

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Daisy May Johnson
First published in 1885, 'Us' is a fairly typical piece of children's literature for this age. The good are good, the bad are bad, and the upper classes are full of moral upstanding-ness and the lower classes (particularly gypsies) are the worst. They are prejudices of the time, and though I don't excuse them in the slightest, it's important to recognise that they exists and that they colour this book quite substantially. Having said that however, it's also important to recognise that this is a ...more
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Similar in style to most early 1900s children's literature with two angelic children who meet misfortune with stoicism and "godliness" thereby converting the lesser evils and triumphing over the main evil (in this story that takes the form of a gypsy. Lots of stereotypes of the Rom, but at least two of them help the children escape their kidnapping and become "honest citizens." ...more
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Mary Louisa Molesworth, née Stewart was an English writer of children's stories who wrote for children under the name of Mrs Molesworth. Her first novels, for adult readers, Lover and Husband (1869) to Cicely (1874), appeared under the pseudonym of Ennis Graham. Her name occasionally appears in print as M.L.S. Molesworth.

She was born in Rotterdam, a daughter of Charles Augustus Stewart (1809–1873)

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