Original Penny Readings

Original Penny Readings

by George Manville Fenn
     
 

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Now, it don't matter a bit what sort of clay a pot's made of, if when it's been tried in the fire it turns out sound and rings well when it's struck. If I'm only common red ware, without even a bit of glaze on me, and yet answer the purpose well for which I'm made, why I'm a good pot, ain't I, even if I only hold water? But what I hate is this-to see the pots that we

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Now, it don't matter a bit what sort of clay a pot's made of, if when it's been tried in the fire it turns out sound and rings well when it's struck. If I'm only common red ware, without even a bit of glaze on me, and yet answer the purpose well for which I'm made, why I'm a good pot, ain't I, even if I only hold water? But what I hate is this-to see the pots that we come against every day of our lives all on the grumble and murmur system, and never satisfied.

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ISBN-13:
9781514766712
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/03/2015
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

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