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Poor and Proud

Oliver Optic

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In the window, with sundry sugar temples, cob houses of braided candy and stacks of cake, was a great heap of molasses candy; and as Katy paused for an instant to gaze at the profusion of sweet things, a great thought struck through her brain.

"Mother used to make molasses candy for me, and I know just how it is done," said she to herself. "What is the reason I can't make candy and sell it?"

She walked on towards School Street, up which she had been directed to turn, full of this idea. She would become a little candy merchant. She felt sure she could find purchasers enough, if her merchandise only looked clean and good. It was a great deal better than begging, and she thought her mother would consent to her making and selling the candy. What a glorious idea! If she could only make money enough to support her mother and herself, how happy she should be!

Full of enthusiasm at the idea of accomplishing such a vast project, she scarcel. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I bought this beautiful book at an antique shop in London in 2007 and finally got around to reading it! This book feels very Victorian in its didactic morals and examinations of society, but I love it. It definitely is written for a child/young adult readership.

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