The House With No Address E. Nesbit

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Published: July 7th 2010

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The House With No Address  by  E. Nesbit

The House With No Address by E. Nesbit
July 7th 2010 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 348 pages | ISBN: | 8.27 Mb

an excerpt from the beginning of: CHAPTER I SUNLIGHT A Young man on his way to South Africa— (do not be alarmed, this tale has nothing to do with the Boer War), and not knowing whether he will have the luck to come home or only to become, after aMorean excerpt from the beginning of: CHAPTER I SUNLIGHT A Young man on his way to South Africa— (do not be alarmed, this tale has nothing to do with the Boer War), and not knowing whether he will have the luck to come home or only to become, after a very little time, one of those names in parallel columns on the tablet in the church at home.

In such a young man, family feeling runs high—the call of the blood is listened to with an attentive courtesy which it does not at all other tunes command. And relations in quite remote spots will on occasions like this receive farewell visits from young men of such families as are families—not in the county but in the patriarchal sense.

Therefore Edmund Templar went down into Hampshire to see his aunt and uncle. Edmund Templar, corporal in the C. I. V.—I implore you to check your uneasy surmises. I give you my word of honour that there are no veldts or kopjes or Boers in my pages. Not an ox shall be outspanned, not a mealie baked. Have courage, and read on. There is no fighting in the story, and it all happened in England. Most of it is very romantic, and some of it is rather horrible.

If Edmund Templar, who is, I scorn to deny it, my hero, goes to South Africa, he goes alone. We will not,  I pledge you my honour, go with him. At present, however, he is not going to South Africa, but to Reka Dom, which lies on the border of the New Forest. Here, again, I beg to reassure you. There is nothing about Russia in this story. Not a bomb, not a knout, not so much as a political tract. No samovar broods hissing oer my pages, no secret societies whisper and explode. You are safe from vodka, from sledges, wolves, and princesses who are spies.

The house was called Reka Dom just because the aunt in her young days had read Mrs. Ewing, and because the house had grounds which, at some length, ran down to the river that sprawls among kingcups in the Ringwood water meadows, and runs under the bridge of many arches in that pleasant town. Mr. Templar wished, quite nicely and affectionately, to see his relations once again before he left England. Also, he wished, with all his heart and soul, to see once more the New Forest so he detrained—a military expression which I regret and will not repeat—at Lyndhurst, and walked through the greenness to his uncles house.

You know what the New Forest is like? When you see it for the first time it teaches you the meaning of words you had never understood before. You then for the first time know what glades mean, for example, and vistas, and mist and bracken- and monarch of the grove, a phrase you always laughed at and still dislike, does yet begin to have a sort of meaning.



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