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The Crown of Success

A. L. O. E.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I should advise you to have a care how you provoke me by any boasting or insolent language. I am both strong and bold, and I come of an ancient race. My father was an Egyptian, or a Phœnician, or—"

"Never mind your father just now, my good fellow," cried Dick; "just turn your key in the lock, and let us into the shop of Mr. Reading."

"You don't suppose that I'm going to let you[33] pass without paying toll," growled Alphabet; "I always expect a fee of some of the money of Time."

"Let us in," cried Lubin, kicking the grating.

"You may kick till you're tired," said the gruffy little dwarf; "no one gets to Mr. Reading without paying toll to Mr. Alphabet, his highly respectable porter."

"Let's give him his fee and be done with it," cried Matty, hastily pulling out her purse.

Seeing that there was no use in refusing, as Alphabet had the key of the gate, each of the children now produced some money, Dick giving l. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Never has the bitter medicine of stiff-necked Victorian morals been served with such a delightful spoonful of sugar. As with all of the major books by
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I sought out this Victorian oddity after reading a Chalet School book where they based a Sale around it....it's a fine insight into the mind of EBD as well as into the attitudes of a certain set of Victorian moralists. The allegorical aspects are intriguing, the morals horrific. If this really was w