Little Daffydowndilly

  • LITTLE DAFFYDOWNDILLY

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    Daffydowndilly was so called because in his nature he resembled a flower, and loved to do only what was beautiful and agreeable, and took no delight in labor of any kind.

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  • But, while Daffydowndilly was yet a little boy, his mother sent him away from his pleasant home, and put him under the care of a very strict schoolmaster, who went by the name of Mr. Toil.

  • Those who knew him best affirmed that this Mr. Toil was a very worthy character;

  • and that he had done more good, both to children and grown people, than anybody else in the world.

  • Certainly he had lived long enough to do a great deal of good;

  • for, if all stories be true, he had dwelt upon earth ever since Adam was driven from the garden of Eden.

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    Nevertheless, Mr. Toil had a severe and ugly countenance, especially for such little boys or big men as were inclined to be idle;

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  • his voice, too, was harsh;

  • and all his ways and customs seemed very disagreeable to our friend Daffydowndilly.

  • The whole day long, this terrible old schoolmaster sat at his desk overlooking the scholars, or stalked about the school-room with a certain awful birch rod in his hand.

  • Now came a rap over the shoulders of a boy whom Mr. Toil had caught at play;

  • now he punished a whole class who were behindhand with their lessons;

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    and, in short, unless a lad chose to attend quietly and constantly to his book, he had no chance of enjoying a quiet moment in the school-room of Mr. Toil.

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    Daffydowndilly

    “This will never do for me,”

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    thought Daffydowndilly.

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  • Now, the whole of Daffydowndilly’s life had hitherto been passed with his dear mother, who had a much sweeter face than old Mr. Toil, and who had always been very indulgent to her little boy.

  • No wonder, therefore, that poor Daffydowndilly found it a woful change, to be sent away from the good lady’s side, and put under the care of this ugly-visaged schoolmaster, who never gave him any apples or cakes, and seemed to think that little boys were created only to get lessons.

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    Daffydowndilly

    “I can’t bear it any longer,”

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    said Daffydowndilly to himself, when he had been at school about a week.

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