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Timothy Crump's Ward

Horatio Alger

Book Overview: 

A poor family is surprised with an infant on their doorstep on New Year’s Eve with a note and monetary support requesting them to raise the child. Eight years later, the child is stolen and the family is put into more trouble trying to find her. This is a story of how love and good morals are reward with a fairy tale “happily ever after” ending.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Your prospects are dark enough without that."

"Don't trouble yourself with any fears of that sort, Rachel," said the cooper, cheerily. "I think I know what will enable you to use your eyes as well as ever."

"What?" asked Rachel, with melancholy curiosity.

"A pair of spectacles," said her brother, incautiously.

"Spectacles!" retorted Rachel, indignantly. "It will be a good many years before I am old enough to wear spectacles. I didn't expect to be insulted by my own brother. But it's one of my trials."

"I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, Rachel," said the cooper, perplexed.

"Good night," said Rachel, rising and taking a small lamp from the table.

"Come, Rachel, don't go yet. It is early."

"After what you have said to me, Timothy, my self-respect will not permit me to stay."

Rachel swept out of the room with something more than her customary melancholy.

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Community Reviews

One may only really compare Alger books to other Alger books. Even so, this is far from a good book. It has all of the marks of an Alger book, the poor but good people, the evil people who are punished, the terrible coincidences, and a long lost heir to a fortune. The plot however is too weak even f

This particular Alger is even more far-fetched than usual; the plot involves abduction, kidnap, and wrongful imprisonment. Good times, good times.