By Richmal Crompton
In Richmal Compton's William the Fourth is the fourth vintage set of adventures that includes the hero of simply William.
Whether he is occupying a undergo go well with that is a bit too small for him, cloaked in secret as a fortune teller or attired within the flowing gowns of a Fairy Queen, William is unmistakably himself: hassle in human shape. purely Great-Aunt Jane manages to take William on at his personal video game - and win!
This selection of fourteen fabulous simply William tales positive aspects attractive modern disguise paintings through Lydia clergymen, besides the unique within illustrations through Thomas Henry.
There is just one William. This tousle-headed, snub-nosed, hearty, loveable imp of mischief has been harassing his unlucky family members and delighting his thousands of admirers on the grounds that 1922.
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Lor! ’ stated the maid. ‘Yes, an’ I rec’lect peacocks an’ stachues – an’ – fogeys walkin’ approximately in crowns. ’ ‘Crikey! ’ acknowledged the maid, filling his plate back with stew. ‘Yes,’ stated William, attacking it with undiminished gusto, ‘an’ the swimsuit i used to be wearin’ after they stole me is all embroidered with crowns an’ peacocks an’ – an’—’ ‘An’ stachues, I suppose,’ stated the servant. ‘Yes,’ stated William absently. ‘An’ you used to be wearin’ silver sneakers an’ stockings, i assume. ’ ‘Gold,’ corrected William, scraping his plate fresh of the final morsel. ‘Lor! ’ stated the maid, surroundings a wide plate of pudding ahead of him. ‘Now, whereas you’re a-heatin’ of that I’ll jus’ pop around to a chum round the corner an’ deliver of ’er in. I shun’t like ’er to overlook ’earin’ you speak – all dressed up, like what you're, too. It’s a good deal with, it truly is. ’ She went, last the door carefully in the back of her. William disposed of the pudding and regarded the placement. He felt that this a part of the journey had long gone really a ways sufficient. He didn't desire to wait until the maid lower back. He didn't desire to wait until eventually Augustus or Sophia had ‘made inquiries’. He opened the kitchen door. The corridor was once empty Sophia and Augustus have been upstairs having fun with their after-dinner naps. William tiptoed into the corridor and wear one of many coats. thankfully, Augustus used to be a truly small guy, and the coat used to be now not a lot too huge for William. William gave a sigh of aid as he realised that his humiliating gown used to be thoroughly hidden. subsequent he wear considered one of Augustus’s hats. there has been without doubt in any respect that it used to be a bit too sizeable. Then he lower back to the kitchen, took his important paper packets from the chair, placed them into Augustus’s coat wallet and crept to front door. It opened noiselessly. William tiptoed silently and ungracefully down the trail to the line. All used to be nonetheless. the line was once empty. It appeared an appropriate second to imagine the cover. With the entire pleasure and delight of the artist, William donned his helpful fake beard. Then he started to stroll jauntily up the line. without notice he spotted a determine in entrance of him. It used to be the determine of a truly, very outdated guy, toiling laboriously up the hill, bending over a stick. William, as an artist, by no means scorned to benefit. He chanced on a stick within the ditch and started to creep up the hill with little faltering steps, bending over his stick. He used to be completely satisfied back. He was once now not William. He was once now not even Helbert. He used to be a truly outdated guy, with a beard, strolling up a hill. The previous guy in entrance of him become the workhouse gates, that have been on the most sensible of the hill. William undefined. The previous guy sat on a bench in a courtyard. William sat beside him. The outdated guy used to be very shortsighted. ‘ ’Ello, Thomas,’ he acknowledged. William gave a non-committal grunt. He took out his battered paper bag and passed a couple of fragments of crumbled cake to the previous guy. The outdated guy ate them. William, exciting with pleasure and satisfaction, gave him a few extra. He ate them. a guy in uniform got here out of the door of the workhouse. ‘Arternoon, George,’ he acknowledged to the outdated guy. He seemed heavily at William as he handed.