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

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LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.                              123
Fauntleroy mounted in great delight. He had never been on a pony before, and he was in the highest spirits. Wilkins, the groom, led the animal by the bridle up and down before ihe library window.
" He 's a well plucked un, he is," Wilkins remarked in the stable afterward with many grins. " It were n't no trouble to put him up. An' a old un would n't ha' sat any straighter when he were up. He ses — ses he to me, 'Wilkins,' he ses, 'am I sitting up straight? They sit up straight at the circus,' ses he. An' I ses, ' As straight as a arrer, your lordship !'— an' he laughs, as pleased as could be, an' he ses, 'That 's right,' he ses, 'you tell me if I don't sit up straight, Wilkins !' "
But sitting up straight and being led at a walk were not altogether and completely satisfactory. After a few minutes, Faunt­leroy spoke to his grandfather— watching him from the window:
" Can't I go by myself? " he asked; "and can't I go faster? The boy on Fifth Avenue used to trot and canter!"
" Do you think you could trot and canter?" said the Earl.
" I should like to try," answered Fauntleroy. His lordship made a sign to Wilkins, who at the signal brought up his own horse and mounted it and took Fauntleroy's pony by the leading-rein.
" Now," said the Earl, "let him trot." The next few minutes were rather exciting to the small eques­trian. He found that trotting was not so easy as walking, and the faster the pony trotted, the less easy it was.
"It j-jolts a g-goo-good deal—do-does n't it?" he said to Wilkins. " D-does it j-jolt y-you ? "
" No, my lord," answered Wilkins. " You '11 get used to it in time. Rise in your stirrups."
" I 'm ri-rising all the t-time," said Fauntleroy.
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