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

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202                              LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.
them and when, and who added romantic stories of the lords and ladies who were the originals. When Mr. Hobbs once understood, and had heard some of these stories, he was very much fascinated and liked the picture gallery almost better than anything else; and he would often walk over from the village, where he staid at the
Dorincourt Arms, and would spend half an hour or so wan­dering about the gallery, star­ing at the painted ladies and gentlemen, who also stared at him, and shaking his head nearly all the time.
" And they was all earls ! " he would say, " er pretty nigh it! An' he 's goin' to be one of 'em, an' own it all! "
Privately he was not nearly so much disgusted with earls and their mode of life as he had expected to be, and it is to be doubted whether his strictly republican principles were not shaken a little by a closer acquaintance with castles and ancestors and all the rest of it. At any rate,
one day he uttered a very
remarkable and unexpected
" I would n't have minded bein' one of 'em myself! " he said — which was really a great concession.
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