Excerpt from Queechy, Vol. 1 of 2 A man's hat in his hand never did him any harm, says the proverb. If the author were to come before the English public with a figurative obeisance, her words might be - Please t to misunderstand me. Queechy enters yet more than The Wide, Wide World into the phases of American life - the ups and downs, the struggles, the reverses which chequer the moral surface of this new world. And while thus discoursing of the Country, it is wonder if national topics be w and then touched upon - some of those disputable and disputed points about which the world will never agree; it would be impossible else to give that individuality without which description loses half its charm. But in such parts of the book, let the reader recollect that the writer must make her people talk in character; and that, while she would t wilfully mis-state the truth, on the whole, the reader's discernment must find the thread of it through all the various prejudices, local feelings, old grievances, and new imaginations with which human nature is apt to cover it up. 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.