Little Lord Fauntleroy - illustrated online book

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

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hen Lord Fauntleroy wakened in the morning,—he had not wakened at all when he had been carried to bed the
night before,— the first sounds he was conscious of were the crackling of a wood fire and the murmur of voices.
" You will be careful, Dawson, not to say anything about it," he heard some one say. " He does not know why she is not to be with him, and the reason is to be kept from him."
" If them 's his lordship's orders, mem," another voice answered, they '11 have to be kep', I suppose. But, if you '11 excuse the liberty, mem, as it 's between ourselves, servant or no servant, all I have to say is, it's a cruel thing,—parting that poor, pretty, young widdered cre'tur' from her own flesh and blood, and him such a little beauty and a nobleman born. James and Thomas, mem, last night in the servants' hall, they both of 'em say as they never see anythink in their two lives — nor yet no other gentleman in livery — like that little fellow's ways, as innercent an' polite an' interested as if he 'd been sitting there dining with his best friend,— and the temper of a' angel, instead of one (if you '11 excuse me, mem), as it 's well known, is enough to curdle your blood in your veins at times. And as to looks, mem, when we was rung for, James and me, to go into the library and bring him upstairs, and James lifted him up in his arms, what with his little innercent face all red and rosy, and his little head on James's shoulder and his hair hanging down, all curly an' shinin', a prettier, takiner sight you 'd never wish to see. An'
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