The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Devil and Daniel Webster

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by Stephen Vincent Benet
     
 

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IT'S A STORY THEY TELL IN THE BORDER COUNTRY, where Massachusetts joins Vermont and New Hampshire.

Yes, Dan'l Webster's dead-or, at least, they buried him. But every time there's a thunder storm around Marshfield, they say you can hear his rolling voice in the hollows of the sky. And they say that if you go to his grave and speak loud and clear, "Dan'l

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IT'S A STORY THEY TELL IN THE BORDER COUNTRY, where Massachusetts joins Vermont and New Hampshire.

Yes, Dan'l Webster's dead-or, at least, they buried him. But every time there's a thunder storm around Marshfield, they say you can hear his rolling voice in the hollows of the sky. And they say that if you go to his grave and speak loud and clear, "Dan'l Webster-Dan'l Webster!" the ground'll begin to shiver and the trees begin to shake. And after a while you'll hear a deep voice saying, "Neighbor, how stands the Union?" Then you better answer the Union stands as she stood, rock-bottomed and copper sheathed, one and indivisible, or he's liable to rear right out of the ground. At least, that's what I was told when I was a youngster.

You see, for a while, he was the biggest man in the country. He never got to be President, but he was the biggest man. There were thousands that trusted in him right next to God Almighty, and they told stories about him and all the things that belonged to him that were like the stories of'patriarchs and such. They said, when he stood up to speak, stars and stripes came right out in the sky, and once he spoke against a river and made it sink into the ground. They said, when he walked the woods with his fishing rod, Killall, the trout would jump out of the streams right into his pockets, for they knew it was no use putting up a fight against him; and, when he argued a case, he could turn on the harps of the blessed and the shaking of the earth underground. That was the kind of man he was, and his big farm up at Marshfield was suitable to him. The chickens he raised were all white meat down through the drumsticks, the cows were tended like children, and the big ram he called Goliath had horns with a curl like a morning-glory vine and could butt through an iron door. But Dan'l wasn't one of your gentlemen farmers; he knew all the ways of the land, and he'd be up by candlelight to see that the chores got done. A man with a mouth like a mastiff, a brow like a mountain and eyes like burning anthracite-that was Dan'l Webster in his prime. And the biggest case he argued never got written down in the books, for he argued it against the devil, nip and tuck and no holds barred. And this is the way I used to hear it told.

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ISBN-13:
2940012962324
Publisher:
Library of Alexandria
Publication date:
06/05/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
572,230
File size:
207 KB

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Devil and Daniel Webster (Creative Short Stories) (Paperback) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Daniel Webster and the Devil is a great play if your looking for something fast and easy to read. I would totally recommend this awesome play for those who love funny plays. This play
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If you haven't read it before, read it now. Only 15pages; by Stephen Vincent Benet - written 1937. Witty and fun.
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THE TRIAL BY JURY WAS TO HAVE BEEN AN OVER- WHELMING VICTORY FOR THE DEVIL ! DANIEL WEBSTER'S WORDS MADE EVEN THE MOST VILE OF CHARACTERS ON THE JURY PANEL 'SEE' HOW VERY DIFFERANT THEIR LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN - IF THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A 'SECOND CHANCE' !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my 8th grade class. I thought it was very good and had an interesting plot. I recommended it for people of every age. It teaches some very valuable lessons.