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The History and Remarkable Life of Colonel Jack

Daniel Defoe

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. . .e of the folds of the cover of the book, where there was a case with several partitions, there was a paper full of loose diamonds. The man, as we understood afterward, was a Jew, who dealt in such goods, and who indeed ought to have taken more care of the keeping of them.

Now was this booty too great, even for Will himself, to manage; for though by this time I was come to understand things better than I did formerly, when I knew not what belonged to money, yet Will was better skilled by far in those things than I. But this puzzled him too, as well as me. Now were we something like the cock in the fable; for all these bills, and I think there was one bill of Sir Henry Furness's for £1200, and all these diamonds, which were worth about £150, as they said--I say, all these things were of no value to us: one little purse of gold would have been better to us than all of it. "But come," says Will, "let us look over the bills fo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Actually read a printed-out PDF from ECCO. Wouldn't recommend this edition, which is ugly as all get-out.

Fabulous weird book.

Et oui, je suis généreuse pour la notation mais ce livre que je qualifierais de VRAI livre d'aventure. Quel plaisir de lecture ! C'est un retour aux sources et aux livres qui vous permettent de vous évader, de voir du pays et de faire la connaissance d'aventuriers comme il n'en existe plus aujourd'h

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