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Breaking Away

Oliver Optic

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. . .I am willing to apologize to you for this, and to submit to such punishment as you think proper to inflict."

"That is very well; but it does not fully meet the difficulty. You must also apologize to Poodles, which you are aware may be done in private."

"I cannot do it, sir, either in public or in private. Poodles was wholly and entirely to blame."

"I think not; when I settled the case it was closed up, and it must not be opened again; at least not till some new testimony is obtained. I cannot eat my own words."

"You may obtain new testimony, if you desire," I suggested.


"Poodles signed the declaration that he had performed the examples on the papers without assistance."

"He did. Have you any doubt that such is the case?" asked Mr. Parasyte, though he must have been satisfied that Poodles did not work out the examples.[70]

"I am entirely confident that he did not perform them. Mr. Parasyte,". . . Read More

Community Reviews

I got conned into reading some Oliver Optic because Optic's works figured in a previous book I had read, Brewster's Millions. It seems that Oliver Optic was the pen name of a stalwart Massachusetts' Puritan from the Victorian era, William Taylor Adams. Adams wrote rather a number of works for youth,