By L. Frank Baum
Nspired by way of Louisa might Alcott's Little ladies, this publication, which Wizard of ounces writer L. Frank Baum wrote lower than the pen identify Edith Van Dyne, is far within the similar vein as Alcott's comfortable coming-of-age story. the 1st in a chain, the tale of this novel follows 3 nieces who're summoned to their prosperous aunt's property so she will choose to whom she's going to bequeath her good sized inheritance. even supposing the women couldn't be extra diversified personality-wise, a chain of calamities brings them nearer jointly. Aunt Hane's Nieces is a pleasant learn for lovers of vintage younger grownup fiction.
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There was a distant humming, a light, timid murmuring in the ranks of the sailors, like the vague, uneasy sensation which takes hold of spectators at a theatre when the sets are being changed. Now things were really different. Herculano and Sant'Ana were only pipsqueaks, ·poor wretches of sailors who could barely take twenty-five strokes of the cane; they were just big children! What everyone was waiting to see was Amaro, the famous and terrible Bom-Crioulo. " Bom-Crioulo pronounced these words in a resolute tone of voice, without a trace of uneasiness, his gaze boldly fixed on the 33 gold stripes of the captain's uniform.
Handkerchiefs waved at the corvette, which quickly fell behind, all sails billowing, slow and proud. And the liner disappeared like a shadow, and the corvette continued on in her defeat, alone in the emptiness of the sea, mournful and desolate. The sailors had scattered about on the 1 Pao de Ac;:ucar, Sugar Loaf Mountain, is a large granite rock, some 375 metres high, now provided with a cable-car for ascent, situated at the entrance to Guanabara Bay. 2 This street, which still exists in part, begins behind 15th of November Square (prac;:a 15 de novembro) and takes its name from the old Mercy or Charity Hospital (Santa Casa de Miseric6rdia) on Mercy Square (largo da Miseric6rdia).
Above, in the dome of the great half-sphere of the sky, ablaze with noonday light, the blue, always the clear blue, the pure blue, the sweet, transparent, infinite, mysterious blue. The corvette must have been quite near land, because on the horizon there passed the triangular sail of a jangada, 1 tiny and rapid. Behind, on the starboard side, the dark bulk of a huge, doublechimneyed steamship was gaining on them also. Bom-Crioulo and Aleixo went on with their conversation, sitting side by side in the shadow of the jib sail, indifferent to the laughter and merriment of the other sailors, whose attention was being drawn now to the steamship.