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The Uncalled

Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .His guardian, however, did not abandon her vigilance, and in a few minutes she peeped through the door from the kitchen, where she was working, to see how her charge got on. The sight which met her eyes made her nearly drop the cup which she held in her hand and with which she had been measuring out flour for a cup-cake. With the book spread out before him, Freddie was lying flat on his stomach on the floor, with his little heels contentedly kicking the air. His attitude was the expression of the acme of childish satisfaction.

Miss Prime's idea of floors was that they[Pg 38] were to be walked on, scrubbed, measured, and carpeted; she did not remember in all the extent of her experience to have seen one used as a reading-desk before. But she withdrew without a word: the child was quiet, and that was much.

About this time, any one observing the cottage would have seen an old-fashioned phaeton, to which a plump old nag was hitched, driven up to the door and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Honestly, this is probably better executed than Sport of the Gods. It's a relatively straightforward and tame story about the growth of a young man and his struggle with faith. What keeps things interesting, rather, is Dunbar's prose: he can really turn a phrase and often exells at sketching complex