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Paul the Peddler

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"Now, mother, I hope supper is 'most ready, for selling neckties has made me hungry." "Almost ready, Paul." It was a humble meal, but a good one. There were fresh rolls and butter, tea and some cold meat. That was all; but the cloth was clean, and everything looked neat. All did justice to the plain meal, and never thought of envying the thousands who, in their rich uptown ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published December 22nd 2005 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1871)
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Alger
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A classic Alger novel where all the pieces of the formula fall into place.

A young boy supports his family through earnest labor and honesty. Unlike most Alger novels, the plot keeps the unlikely circumstances to a minimum. The one strange event being the affair of the valuable ring, which occupies the last half of the book. This device eliminates the usual rescue by an influential rich man, but it does still require a reputable rich man to vouch for Paul honesty in circumstances that would neve
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After his father died, Paul had to learn to work the streets to help support his seamstress mother and lame but artistic little brother. He follows Alger's principles: keep at it, adapt, learn the tricks of the trade, stay honest, and be ready to fight when necessary. Not totally predictable--one of Alger's better stories.
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Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels following the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels about boys who succeed under the tutelage of older mentors were h ...more
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