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Dusty Diamonds. Cut and Polished

By Ballantyne, Robert Michael

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Title: Dusty Diamonds. Cut and Polished  
Author: Ballantyne, Robert Michael
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Chapter One. An Accident and some of its Curious Results. Every one has heard of those ponies?those shaggy, chubby, innocent?looking little creatures?for which the world is indebted, we suppose, to Shetland. Well, once on a time, one of the most innocent?looking, chubbiest, and shaggiest of Shetland ponies?a dark brown one?stood at the door of a mansion in the west?end of London. It was attached to a wickerwork vehicle which resembled a large clothes?basket on small wheels. We do not mean, of course, that the pony was affectionately attached to it. No; the attachment was involuntary and unavoidable, by reason of a brand?new yellow leather harness with brass buckles. It objected to the attachment, obviously, for it sidled this way, and straddled that way, and whisked its enormous little tail, and tossed its rotund little head, and stamped its ridiculously small feet; and champed its miniature bit, as if it had been a war?horse of the largest size, fit to carry a Wallace, a Bruce, or a Richard of the Lion?heart, into the midst of raging battle.

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Table of Contents: Dusty Diamonds. Cut and Polished, 1 -- R.M. Ballantyne, 1 -- Chapter One. An Accident and some of its Curious Results, 1 -- Chapter Two. The Irresistible Power of Love, 7 -- Chapter Three. Poverty Manages to Board out her Infant for Nothing, 9 -- Chapter Four. Samuel Twitter astonishes Mrs. Twitter and her Friends, 15 -- Chapter Five. Treats still further of Riches, Poverty, Babies, and Police, 19 -- Chapter Six. Wealth pays a Visit to Poverty, 22 -- Chapter Seven. Bicycling and its Occasional Results, 31 -- Chapter Eight, 36 -- A Great and Memorable Day, 36 -- Chapter Nine. How the Poor are Succoured, 42 -- Chapter Ten. Balls, Bobby, Sir Richard, and Giles appear on the Stage, 48 -- Chapter Eleven. Sir Richard and Mr. Brisbane discuss, and Di listens, 56 -- Chapter Twelve. Sammy Twitter's Fall, 60 -- Chapter Thirteen. Tells of some Curious and Vigorous Peculiarities of the Lower Orders, 66 -- Chapter Fourteen, 71 -- Number 666 Off Duty, 71 -- Chapter Fifteen, 75 -- Mrs. Frog sinks Deeper and Deeper, 75 -- Chapter Sixteen. Sir Richard visits the Beehive, and sees many Surprising Things, 82 -- Chapter Seventeen. Things become too Hot for the Twitter Family, 91 -- Chapter Eighteen. The Ocean and the New World, 94 -- Chapter Nineteen. At Home in Canada, 100 -- Chapter Twenty. Occupations at Brankly Farm, 106 -- Chapter Twenty One. Treats of Altered Circumstances and Blue?Ribbonism, 110 -- Chapter Twenty Two. Ned Frog's Experiences and Sammy Twitter's Woes, 117 -- Chapter Twenty Three. Hopes revive, 124 -- Chapter Twenty Four. The Returning Prodigal, 131 -- Chapter Twenty Five, 137 -- Canada again?and Surprising News, 137 -- Chapter Twenty Six. Happy Meetings, 142 -- Chapter Twenty Seven. A Strange Visit and its Results, 146 -- Chapter Twenty Eight. The Great Change, 151 -- Chapter Twenty Nine. Home Again, 154 -- Chapter Thirty. The New Home, 159 -- The End, 161


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