Edward and Charles

rowboat under treeThis story by early 19th century children’s writer follows the common “lesson about life” plot of two brothers who are very different. Edward behaves badly and is suitably punished when his father hears about it. Charles, on the other hand, is almost unbearably good and finds himself well rewarded.

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The author Elizabeth Semple (who also wrote under the pen-name Dame Truelove) is an enigma. We are all used to finding almost any information we want through search engines these days. So how (as of October, 2014) could someone who published at least ten children's books in the early 19th century not have any kind of biographical information on the Internet? The only reason I can think of is that it was a very powerful person of yet another name who wanted to hide the fact that they were the writer. If any of our readers can shed any light on this, I would love to hear from you.

God(n: God, singular) The perfect and all-powerful spirit or being that created the world and is worshiped by Christians, Jews and Muslims. (พระเจ้า) 1000

hit(v: hit, hits, hit, hitting) To move your hand, a bat, etc., quickly so that it comes into hard contact with someone or something. She told her son to stop hitting his sister. The golfer hit the ball into the trees. (กระแทก) 1000

piece(n: piece pl pieces) An amount that is cut or separated from a larger section of something; a part of something. She cut the pie into six equal pieces. (ชิ้นส่วน) 1000

(adj: poor) 1. Having little money or owning few things. (ยากจน) 2. Not good; bad quality or in bad condition. (คุณภาพเลว) 1000

poor family poor quality

rich(adj: rich, richer, richest) Having a lot of money and possessions; wealthy. (รวย) 2000

rope(n: rope pl ropes) A strong, thick cord that is made by twisting many thin strings or fibers together. (เชือก) 3000

sick(adj: sick, sicker, sickest) Affected with a disease or illness; ill. (ป่วย) 1000

swim(v: swim, swims, swam, swum, swimming) To move through water by moving your arms and legs (or fins, tail if you are a fish). She swam across the pool. (ว่ายน้ำ) 2000

wood(n: wood, noncount) The hard material that makes up the trunks and branches of trees. (ไม้) 1000