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Proud and Lazy

Oliver Optic

Book Overview: 

Tommy Woggs was a funny little boy. He was very proud and very lazy. He seemed to think he was a great man, and that other people lived only to serve and obey him.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .uffed away, and felt as big as though they were doing some great thing.

"Have a light, Tommy?" asked Ben.[Pg 41] "If you are going with us, you must learn to smoke."

"All the fellers that are anything smoke," added Joe.

"Then I'll smoke," replied Tommy. "I used to see lots of gentlemen smoking cigars in Broadway, in New York, when I was there."

"Of course you did."

Tommy put the cigar into his mouth; he did not like the taste of the thing, but he felt that it was a good cause, and he was willing to be a martyr. Ben lent him his cigar to light it by; and with a little instruction from his friends, he was soon able to puff away as smart as any of them.

It was not half so bad as he had feared it would be. It did not make him sick, at first, and he thought he was one of that kind who can smoke without learning.

He felt as big as his companions then, for[Pg 42] the wrong idea that smoking was s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Much like the little moral stories of Louisa May Alcott this book highlights several children and their foibles. There is Tommy Woggs who is proud and lazy. There is careless Kate and envious Katy. I particularly enjoyed that the children were all from the same small town and knew each other.
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