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The Romance of the Men of Devon
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Publication Date:2012-05-12
Number of Pages:58 Pages
Book Type:Paperback
Weight:122 gram
Books Dimensions:246 x 189 x 3 mm
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The Romance of the Men of Devon

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...which assigns the same teacher to the King of Beggars and the author of The Beggar's Opera. Bampfylde is said to have been a promising scholar, and at least moderately industrious. But he was also a precocious sportsman in an age in which the only people who did not live for sport were those who could not afford to do so. There was no cricket in those days, and, probably, no football; so the aristocrats among the Blundell boys kept a pack of hounds, with the connivance, if not the open approval, of their parents and masters; and it was the pack of hounds that got Bampfylde into trouble. He pursued a tame deer, recognizable as private property by the collar round its neck; and he pursued it for several hours through fields of standing corn, to the furious indignation of the farmers. There were complaints. Farmer after farmer called upon the head master, demanding compensation in cash for the damage done to his crops. Mr. Rayner instituted enquiries, discovered the ringleaders, and gave them an appointment in his study, where he kept the implements of punishment. In order to avoid that appointment, Bampfylde Moore Carew ran away. He came to a public-house a short distance from Tiverton, where he found a company of gipsies carousing. They had plenty to eat and to drink, and they danced country dances with hearts as light as their feet. An ideal way of living, it seemed to Bampfylde Moore Carew--much better than doing sums and learning Latin declensions and keeping appointments with the birch. He asked to be allowed to join the gipsies, and they agreed, and made him swear an oath that he would live in obedience to their laws. Their laws, it seems, were pretty much those of the Franciscan Friars. The idea was that they should be individually poor, but corporatel...

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