Excerpt from Popular Tales We all of us sometimes want literature t only for ourselves, but for simpler souls, for sick and sorry people, for quiet folks laid by and wanting distraction, for village libraries, for children and servants. Few books would seem more suited to such needs than some of the shorter and simpler tales by Miss Edgeworth. The stories are interesting and suggestive; they take one out of morbid preoccupations into fresh air, - into the fields and cottage gardens. One can almost see the apple-trees growing, the flowers in bloom, the crops waving in plenty, the sleek cattle grazing or driven by the farmer. It is a world where everything happens delightfully pat and neatly proportioned. So much virtue, so much reward; so much work, so many plums. It is a world where the mir qualities certainly carry the day, and the greater emotions modestly take the inferior places. Love plays a small part; ecomy, propriety, diligence are the dictators of this comfortable universe; a certain amount of broken legs, bad debts, and ill-humoured agents are the chief problems the inhabitants have to solve. There is the hangman, to be sure, in the background, but he is taken as a matter of course. The limits of such experience may seem narrow to grown-up people, but they are admirable for children. 'Children like facts. They like short, vivid sentences that tell the story. As they listen intently, so do they read. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.