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Modern Stories (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from Modern StoriesYou have to do a little more thinking to find the mean ing of these stories, but the meaning is there, and to discover it is one of the things that boys and girls can do as well as grown folk.The second secret is that the real value of a story is the way it makes you feel. After you have read Dr. Hale's A Man Without a Country (page for in stance, you are almost sure to feel that it is a glorious thing not to have to stand alone in the wore for in stance, you are almost sure to feel that it is a glorious thing not to have to stand alone in the world, but to belong to your own country, and that you are bound to do all you can to help your fatherland in peace as well as in war. So in Jackanapes (page although the young hero is not made at once commander-in-chief Of the British army and although he has no more ad ventures than would come in the way of almost any sol dier, yet you close the book feeling that it is a splendid thing to be as brave and generous as he was. In The Peterkins are Obliged to Move (page 37 there is good clean fun; and after you have read it, imitation fun, such as silly practical jokes and stories that are just a little coarse, seems rather stupid and vulgar. You know as well as the oldest and wisest persons on earth that the feelings which come from reading such books as these are good to have.This preface is not exactly a preface; it is, rather, the text for a sermon. The sermon you can think out for yourselves.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more