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A Little Boy Lost

W. H. Hudson

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .age, and every time he stopped he fancied that he could see the figure again, sometimes like a pale blue shadow on the brightness; sometimes shining with its own excessive light, and sometimes only seen in outline, like a figure graved on glass, and always vanishing when looked at steadily. Perhaps that white water-like glitter of the Mirage was like a looking-glass, and he was only chasing his own reflection. I cannot say, but there it was, always before him, a face as of a beautiful boy, with tumbled hair and laughing lips, its figure clothed in a fluttering dress of lights and shadows. It also seemed to beckon to him with its hand, and encourage him to run on after it with its bright merry glances.

At length when it was past the hour of noon, Martin sat down under a small bush that gave just shade enough to cover him and none to spare. It was only a little spot of shade like an island in a sea of heat and brightness. He was too hot and tired to run more, to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a delightful and harmless story from another age. Parts of it put me in mind of W H G Kingston's "Voyage Around The World", bith because of the very Victorian world view, and the fascination with foreign primitive cultures. The language was similiarly victorian, but by no means impenetrable.

What great tales within the one tale. Marvelous.