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Facing Death

G. A. Henty

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It seems joost the same sort o' thing, doan't it, Jane?"

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elly Hardy had been unfortunate in her parents, for both drank, and she had grown up without care or supervision. She had neither brother nor sister. At school she was always either at the top or bottom of her class according as a fit of diligence or idleness seized her. She was a wild passionate child, feeling bitterly the neglect with which she was treated, her ragged clothes, her unkempt appearance. She was feared and yet liked by the girls of her own age, for she was generous, always ready to do a service, and good-tempered except when excited to passion. She was fonder of joining with the boys, when they would let her, in their games, and, when angered, was ready to hold her own against them with tooth and nail.

So wild were her bursts of passion that they were sources of amusement to some of the boys, until Jack upon one . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Some of the dialect is so strong that I have to convert it to modern English so my children can understand.

Another of Henty's very popular 19th century historical adventures about courageous young men living in difficult times marked by military conflict who rise above because of their intelligence, bravery and leadership abilities. In this case, a lad who makes up his mind firmly and resolutely that...more

What a rubbish ending! font that the book was particularly rousing)

This book is truly a classic, the way it describes the scenery and characters really conveys a sense of aspiration in dire times.