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The Dragon of Wantley

Owen Wister

Book Overview: 

The "true" story of the Wantley Dragon. Set at Christmas time, it is a tale of a Baron, his daughter, a brave knight, True Love, and the terrible Dragon of Wantley. Oh, and don't forget the wine.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Baron’s secret.

Sir Godfrey is just this day returned from France with some famous tuns of wine, and presents for Elaine and Mrs. Mistletoe. His humour is (or was, till Whelpdale, poor wretch! answered the bell) of the best possible. And now, this moment, he is being told by the luckless Buttons that the Dragon of Wantley has taken to drinking, as well as eating, what does not belong to him; has for the last three nights burst the big gates of the wine-cellar that open on the hillside the Manor stands upon; that a hogshead of the Baron’s best Burgundy is going; and that two hogsheads of his choicest Malvoisie are gone!

One hundred and twenty-eight gallons in three nights’ work! But I suppose a fire-breathing Dragon must be very thirsty.

There was a dead silence in the study overhead, and old Popham’s calves were shaking loose as he waited.[31]

“And so you stood by and let this black, sneaking, pro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Favorite lines: Sir Godfrey took out his grandfather’s sun-dial, and held it to the lamp. “Bless my soul,” he exclaimed; “it’s twenty-two o’clock.” (That’s ten at night nowadays, young people, and much too late for you to be down-stairs, any of you.)

And the Preface to the 2nd edition is pretty funny

A very silly book, but I enjoyed it very much. I do love myself a historical comedy.

Actual rating 2.5

I don't have a lot of thoughts on this. It was fun and fine but nothing too exciting.

This was a clever and hilarious roller coaster ride of a story! So much fun!

No spoilers!
Go and read it for yourself!

Just started reading my very first ever Kindle book

A humorous story and not at all what I expected. While there are lessons to learn from the tale I personally found it highly amusing and refreshing in its conclusion. This is not a good triumphs over evil kind of story.

An entertaining book, reminds me a lot of Edith Nesbit; satirical, with enough clever dialogue to keep adults entertained, but still silly enough to be accessible to children.

Most of the stories I’ve been reading lately have been true literary gems. Which, in layman’s terms, means that they would be wholly uninteresting for you to read. You can blame the Kindle for this. Were it not for this lovely contrivance, there is no way I would spend the money buying an out-of-pri

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