Little Lord Fauntleroy - illustrated online book

An American boy becomes A British Earl, By Frances Hodgson Burnett

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2,2                                 LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.
things in the dark, you know; but when I thought about the soldiers in the Revolution and George Washington it cured me."
" There is another advantage in being an earl, sometimes," said Mr. Havisham slowly, and he fixed his shrewd eyes on the little boy with a rather curious expression. " Some earls have a great deal of money."
He was curious because he wondered if his young friend knew what the power of money was.
" That 's a good thing to have," said Ceddie innocently. " I wish I had a great deal of money."
" Do you ? " said Mr. Havisham. " And why ? "
" Well," explained Cedric, " there are so many things a person can do with money. You see, there 's the apple-woman. If I were very rich I should buy her a little tent to put her stall in, and a little stove, and then I should give her a dollar every morning it rained, so that she could afford to stay at home. And then oh ! I 'd give her a shawl. And, you see, her bones would n't feel so badly. Her bones are not like our bones ; they hurt her when she moves. It 's very painful when your bones hurt you. If I were rich enough to do all those things for her, I guess her bones would be all right."
"Ahem! "said Mr. Havisham. "And what else would you do if you were rich ? "
!' Oh ! I 'd do a great many things. Of course I should buy Dearest all sorts of beautiful things, needle-books and fans and gold thimbles and rings, and an encyclopedia, and a carriage, so that she need n't have to wait for the street-cars. If she liked pink silk dresses, I should buy her some, but she likes black best. But I 'd take her to the big stores, and tell her to look 'round and choose for herself. And then Dick------"
" Who is Dick ? " asked Mr. Havisham.
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