The Wouldbegoods

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Children are like jam: all very well in the proper place, but you can't stand them all over the shop-eh, what?'
These were the dreadful words of our Indian uncle. They made us feel very young and angry; and yet we could not be comforted by calling him names to ourselves, as you do when nasty grown-ups say nasty things, because he is not nasty, but quite the exact opposite when not irritated. And we could not think it ungentlemanly of him to say we were like jam, because, as ...
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Children are like jam: all very well in the proper place, but you can't stand them all over the shop-eh, what?'
These were the dreadful words of our Indian uncle. They made us feel very young and angry; and yet we could not be comforted by calling him names to ourselves, as you do when nasty grown-ups say nasty things, because he is not nasty, but quite the exact opposite when not irritated. And we could not think it ungentlemanly of him to say we were like jam, because, as Alice says, jam is very nice indeed-only not on furniture and improper places like that. My father said, 'Perhaps they had better go to boarding-school.' And that was awful, because we know Father disapproves of boarding-schools. And he looked at us and said, 'I am ashamed of them, sir!'
Your lot is indeed a dark and terrible one when your father is ashamed of you. And we all knew this, so that we felt in our chests just as if we had swallowed a hard-boiled egg whole. At least, this is what Oswald felt, and Father said once that Oswald, as the eldest, was the representative of the family, so, of course, the others felt the same.
And then everybody said nothing for a short time. At last Father said-
'You may go-but remember-'
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  • ISBN-13: 9781500455262
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/10/2014
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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Edith Nesbit (1858–1924) was a prolific children's author, writing more than 60 books including The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2010

    Perfect Read-a-load Bed-Time Adventure

    For those (grownups and others) who love to read about the lively misadventures of childhood this book is for you. The characters are lovable for their foibles as well as their energetic spirits. I enjoyed reliving the frustration of navigating between fantasy play and a growing sense of "real world" adult expectations. Like C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, one doesn't have to be young to enjoy it. However, unlike Lewis' classic, this book is not an allegory. I'm tucking this one away until I have grandkids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    E. Nesbit still speaks to children

    Parents and children alike will enjoy investing in a classic fantasy by E. Nesbit. Referenced as the inspiration of many of todays Fantasy legends, she knew how to talk to kids, on their level, and with their language. These books are wonderful listening for loooong car rides, or just a bedtime read-aloud, but of course for individual pleasure as well.

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