Frederick’s Holidays

frederick's holdidaysIn this story by early 19th century children’s writer , a young boy thinks he will have more fun spending his holidays with his aunt in the city than staying on the farm of a family friend. He thinks country life is boring and plans to spend the days with two school friends who live near his aunt. When he gets to the city, he finds that his friends have been sent to stay at the farm he had just left. I am sure you can guess who has the better holidays.

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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.

allow(v: allow, allows, allowed, allowing) To let or permit (someone) to have or do something; To not stop or prevent something. 1000

carriage(n: carriage pl carriages) 1. A horse-drawn vehicle with four wheels that is used to carry people. 2. [British] A separate section of a train. A railway carriage. 4000

curtain(n: curtain pl curtains) A piece of cloth or other material that is hung down to cover a window or protect or hide something. 2000

enjoy(v: enjoy, enjoys, enjoyed, enjoying) To find pleasure in something. I enjoyed that movie.
(n: enjoyment) A feeling of pleasure caused by doing or experiencing something you like. Playing music was a source of great enjoyment.
(adj: enjoyable) Something that provides enjoyment. We had an enjoyable time together. 1000

fool(n: fool pl fools) A person who does not have a good sense or judgment; a stupid or silly person.
(v: fool, fools, fooled, fooling) 1. To speak or act in a playful way. Stop fooling about! 2. To trick or deceive. She fooled me with her story. 2000

forgive(v: forgive, forgives, forgave, forgiven, forgiving) To stop being angry with someone who has done something wrong or caused something bad to happen. He forgave her for stealing his watch.
(n: forgiveness, noncount) The act of forgiving. He asked for forgiveness. 2000

grateful(adj: grateful) Feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you. 2000

medicine(n: medicine pl medicines) A substance that is used to relieve pain or in treating disease or illness, and that is usually in the form of a pill or a liquid. He forgot to take his medicine. 2000

punish(v: punish, punishes, punished, punishing) To make someone suffer for a crime or for something done that is wrong.
(n: punishment pl punishments) The act or way of making someone suffer for a crime or for something done that is wrong. 3000

rude(adj: rude, ruder, rudest) 1. Not having or showing good manners or respect for other people; not polite. 2. Using language or behaving in a way that makes people feel hurt, angry, or upset. Rude language. A rude joke.
(adv: rudely) In a rude way. Rudely dressed. He rudely interrupted me. 3000

selfish(adj: selfish) Having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people. (เห็นแก่ตัว) 1000

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