New National Fourth Reader eBook

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Change the following exclamations to complete statements.

    Do come!  Let me look!  Read it, Alice!

Model.—­See my pocket-book! = I wish you would look at my pocket-book.

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be fall’en, happened to.

thrust, move suddenly or with force.

mis hap’, something which has occurred to cause pain or sorrow.

ex cit’ed ly, in a very earnest manner.

min’gled, joined closely; united.

le’gal ly, as the law requires.

a bun’dant, beyond one’s need; plentiful.

com’fort a ble, having everything needed to keep one from pain or want.

re la’tions, the feelings or acts of people toward each other.

charm’ing, very pleasant.

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“O what have I done! what have I done!” cried Alice.  “O Mrs. Reed, I’m so sorry—­I have broken the tile!”

“How did it happen, Alice?  Was it loose?”

“Why yes,” replied Alice; “I put my hand on it, and thought it appeared to move a little.  Having my scissors with, me, I, through curiosity, ran the points in between that tile and the next one.”

“Never mind, child,” said Mrs. Reed kindly, seeing that Alice was feeling sad over the mishap; “perhaps the tile can be mended—­let us see.”

As they both stooped down to pick up the pieces, Alice noticed that there was a hollow space back of where the tile had been, and that it contained something of a dingy white color.

“O Mrs. Reed!” cried she; “there is something in there!  See, it looks like a bag tied up!  May I take it out?”

Mrs. Reed turned deadly pale.  “Yes,” she replied, scarcely knowing what she expected or dared hope.

Alice thrust her hand into the hole to pull the hag out, but as it was very old, it fell apart, and O wonder of wonders! as many as a hundred pieces of gold coin fell with a jingle on the hearth and rolled every way.

“My husband’s money!” exclaimed Mrs. Reed, as she leaned on Alice to keep from falling.

Alice was nearly wild and talked like a crazy person.

“O goody, goody!” she cried, clapping her hands and jumping up and down.  “Now you can have everything you want! you won’t be poor any longer!”

But Mrs. Reed was too much overcome to hear what Alice said.


She could scarcely realize the good fortune that had so suddenly befallen her.

Presently, however, with the tenderness of a mother, she placed her arms around Alice and said:  “O you precious child! but for you, I should never have known this!”

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