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The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... ventured to rejoice at my good-fortune, and now my ill-luck has returned." Using all the diligence in his power, for misers as a rule are not wanting in that commodity, he shut the door of my consolation while he boarded up the holes in the chest. Thus I made my lamentation, as an end was made to the work, with many small boards and nails. " Now," said the priest, " the traitor rats will find little in this house, and had better leave us, for there is not a hole left large enough for a mosquito to get in." When he was gone I opened the chest with my key without any hope of profit from doing so. There were the three or four loaves Bsiu-; Y "'It is the rats,' he declared" which my master thought the rats had not begun upon. Night and day I thought ot some other plan, with the help of my hunger, for they say that it is an aid to invention. It certainly was so with me. One night I was deep in thought, meditating how I might use the contents of the chest again. My master was snoring loudly, so I took an old knife and went to the chest. I used the knife in the way of a gimlet, and as the ancient piece of furniture was without strength or heart, it soon surrendered, and allowed me to make a nice hole. This done I opened the chest, had a good meal, and went back to my straw bed, where I rested and slept. Next day my master saw both the hole and the damage done to his provisions. He began to commend the rats to the devil, what the saying, " What shall we say to this! fLl Never have I known rats in this undid by night-house until now." He may well have spoken the truth, for such creatures do not stay where tliere is nothing to eat. He turned to find nails in the wall, and a small board to cover the hole. Night came and he retired to rest, while I...

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