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Goody Two-Shoes

Book Overview: 

The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes is a little children's story, the story popularized the phrase "goody two-shoes", often used to describe an excessively virtuous person, a do-gooder. Goody Two-Shoes is a variation of the Cinderella story. The fable tells of Goody Two-Shoes, the nickname of a poor orphan girl named Margery Meanwell, who goes through life with only one shoe. When she is given a complete pair by a rich gentleman, she is so happy that she tells everyone that she has "two shoes". Later, Margery becomes a teacher and marries a rich widower. This earning of wealth serves as proof that her virtuousness has been rewarded, a popular theme in children's literature of the era.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .f, and he was obliged to borrow money to pay his rent and the wages of those who worked on the farm.

At last he had to sell his farm, but even this did not bring him in money enough to pay his debts, and he was worse off than ever.

Among those who had lent money to Farmer Meanwell were Sir Thomas Gripe, and a Farmer named Graspall.

Sir Thomas was a very rich man indeed, and Farmer Graspall had more money than he could possibly use. But they were both very greedy and covetous, and particularly hard on those who owed them anything. Farmer Graspall abused Farmer Meanwell and called him all sorts of dreadful names; but the rich Sir Thomas Gripe was more cruel still, and wanted the poor debtor shut up in jail.

So poor Farmer Meanwell had to hasten from the place where he had lived for so many years, in order to get out of the way of these greedy men.

He went to the next village, taking his wife and his two little children with him.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wowee! This was the most accidentally hallucinatory book I've ever read!

It kicks off with a rambling essay which ponders the authorship of the book. The leading suspects are horror writer Oliver Goldsmith, editor John Newbery, or a team of ghost writers working for Newbery. After reading this hyster

Read this for a Children’s literature module. Margery was such a sweet and kind girl who looked out for everyone. She appeared older because of her ability to teach the other kids to read and write. It was a nice story though some of the things were questionable. Among other things the introduction,

دو و نیم ستاره‌.
این یه داستان خیلی کوتاه و خیلی‌تر قدیمیه، برای بچه‌ها. مال قرن ۱۸. گویا ترجمه‌ش موجود نیست، یا لاقل من ندیدم. به هر حال تکستش هم ساده‌تر از این حرفاست که ترجمه‌لازم باشه. داستان بانمکیه و این سبک قدیمی‌طورش قشنگه آدم خوشش میاد، مثلا به دونستن و آموزش سواد و الفبا در تمام طول داستان

When Margery and Tommy Meanwell are orphaned, after their father is driven off his farm by the greedy landlord, Sir Timothy Gripe, the two young people find themselves in a terrible situation. Their wealthy relatives won't take them in, and although a well-meaning clergyman attempts to help Margery,

Yes, there really is such a book, and you can buy the Kindle version at Amazon for .99 and review it here! It was cute and the illustrations looked all right on my Kindle, but would you believe for such a short story I found typos? Sigh. At least it's available and a nice experience.

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