Little Lord Fauntleroy - illustrated online book

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

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flushed little face. When they entered the room where they were to dine, Cedric saw it was a very large and imposing one, and that the footman who stood behind the chair at the head of the table stared very hard as they came in.
But they reached the chair at last. The hand was removed from his shoulder, and the Earl was fairly seated.
Cedric took out Dick's handkerchief and wiped his forehead. " It's a warm night, is n't it ? " he said. " Perhaps you need a fire because — because of your foot, but it seems just a little warm to me."
His delicate consideration for his noble relative's feelings was such that he did not wish to seem to intimate that any of his sur­roundings were unnecessary.
" You have been doing some rather hard work," said the Earl. " Oh, no!" said Lord Fauntleroy, "it was n't exactly hard, but I got a little warm. A person will get warm in summer time."
And he rubbed his damp curls rather vigorously with the gor­geous handkerchief. His own chair was placed at the other end of the table, opposite his grandfather's. It was a chair with arms, and intended for a much larger individual than himself; indeed, every­thing he had seen so far,—the great rooms, with their high ceilings, the massive furniture, the big footman, the big dog, the Earl him­self,—were all of proportions calculated to make this little lad feel that he was very small, indeed. But that did not trouble him ; he had never thought himself very large or important, and he was quite willing to accommodate himself even to circumstances which rather overpowered him.
Perhaps he had never looked so little a fellow as when seated now in his great chair, at the end of the table. Notwithstanding his solitary existence, the Earl chose to live in some state. He was fond of his dinner, and he dined in a formal style. Cedric looked at him across a glitter of splendid glass and plate, which to 6
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