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A Boy's Fortune

Jr. Horatio Alger

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ho do you want to see, boy?" he demanded, curtly.

"I should like to speak with my uncle," answered Ben.

"Then don't hang around my father's office. If your uncle is employed in this establishment, you can ask one of the floor-walkers to point him out."

Ben eyed the arrogant boy in some amusement, and answered, demurely:

"My uncle is Mr. Nicholas Walton, and you, I suppose, are my cousin Clarence."

Clarence Plantagenet recoiled in disgust.


"I don't understand you," he said. "You must be crazy."

Ben was not obliged to vindicate his sanity, for his uncle, who had hitherto remained silent, now spoke.

"You can come in, if you are Benjamin Baker, of Sunderland."

"Thank you, Uncle Nicholas," said Ben.

"Is he my cousin?" asked Plantagenet of his father, in evident discomposure.

"Yes, I presume so. His mother is my sister."

"Did you send for him, pa?"

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Community Reviews

A quick easy read. Interesting look at the rags to riches story Horatio Alger was known for. It was rather preachy, but then I expected that. Characters were slightly less wooden than I expected, though still inhabiting the realm of the unlikely.

Ah, living in a time when you worked 14 hours a day,

You know I mearley read one manuscript by 'Horatio alger' henceforth which gave wings to my fancy towards children literature .

In story boy name herbert pace out of family in order to construct his fortune from waynbrooe to Boston , to California where he helped his comrade who was feeble nature .

Ah, it is so refreshingly to visit America of times past where everyone was a two-dimensional puppet and spoke in hideously stilted dialogue. Why can't we return to this simpler time where the morals were actually spoken just in case anyone missed them just barely veiled in the action of the novel?


This is a nineteenth century, moralistic juvenile tale with the message that working hard and being honest will lead to bourgeois success. Good and evil are clearly defined and the former always prevails over the latter. At most, the book is light reading and somewhat entertaining.

Loved this book. Good contrast between good guy (Herbert) and bad guy (Eben). Shows very clearly how bad decisions lead to bad consequences. Also showed how Eben finally realized his errors and appeared to repent at the end of the book. Herbert showed compassion and welcomed him back into the commun

Adventurous book

Adventurous book. I liked it.

Everyone should read at least one Horatio Alger story. This was my intro to his writing. I read several others, but I remember neither the titles nor the plots. Here there's no doubt who is good and who is bad. My recall is that the central character was always a boy struggling to pull himself out o

Herbert Carr is a great role model. He is honest, loyal, and hardworking and gets rewarded for his efforts by a wealthy kind friend who is equally admirable.