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          E. Nesbit / Fantasy
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Oswald Bastable and Others

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OSWALD BASTABLE AND OTHERS


'"Don't break down the door! The villains may return anymoment and destroy you."'--Page 115.]


OSWALD BASTABLE AND OTHERS


_By_ E. NESBIT


_Illustrated by_ CHARLES E. BROCK AND H. R. MILLAR


ERNEST BENN LIMITED LONDON


COWARD-McCANN INC NEW YORK


_First re-issued in this edition 1960_


_Published by Ernest Benn Limited Bouverie House . Fleet Street . London . EC4 and Coward-McCann Inc 210 Madison Avenue . New York 16 . NY_


_Printed in Great Britain_


TO MY DEAR NIECE ANTHONIA NESBIT


CONTENTS


OSWALD BASTABLE


AN OBJECT OF VALUE AND VIRTUE _page_ 1


THE RUNAWAYS 34


THE ARSENICATORS: A TALE OF CRIME 64


THE ENCHANCERIED HOUSE 89


OTHERS


MOLLY, THE MEASLES, AND THE MISSING WILL 123


BILLY AND WILLIAM 151


THE TWOPENNY SPELL 167


SHOWING OFF; OR, THE LOOKING-GLASS BOY 181


THE RING AND THE LAMP 200


THE CHARMED LIFE; OR, THE PRINCESS AND THE LIFT-MAN 224


BILLY THE KING 247


THE PRINCESS AND THE CAT 275


THE WHITE HORSE 301


SIR CHRISTOPHER COCKLESHELL 318


MUSCADEL 343


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


'_Don't break down the door! The villains may return any moment and destroy you_' _Frontispiece_


_'Here is your prize,' said Oswald_ _facing page_ 30


_'Come into the kitchen,' said Oswald; 'you can drip there quite comfortably'_ 52


_We consented to carry the unfortunate bed-woman to it_ 76


_The room was a very odd shape_ _page_ 103


_A little person in a large white cap_ 121


_Molly had a splendid ride behind the groom_ _facing page_ 134


_The bicycle started, Billy in the saddle and Harold on the step_ 164


'_And what can we do for you to-day, Miss?_' 170


_The alligator very nearly had him_ 194


'_Your servant, Miss. Do I understand that you order me to mend this?_' 206


_The little girl had slapped Fina, and taken the pagoda away_ 214


'_We'll see if you are going to begin a-ordering of me about_' 218


_'Come by post, your Lordship,' said the footman_ 254


_'Excuse my hair, Sire,' he said_ 256


'_Speak to the dragon as soon as it arrives_' 262


_The two skated into each other's arms_ 270


_'Take that!' cried he, aiming an apple at the old man's head_ _facing page_ 306


_In the drawer was just one jewelled ring. It lay on a written page_ 346


_A black-winged monster, with hundreds and hundreds of eyes_ 350


_On the table stood the dazzling figure of a real full-sized princess_ 358


_A blowzy, frowzy dairymaid_ 362


'_You've got a face as long as a fiddle_' 366



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