try it I did, ay and proved it. A certain fierce delight burned in me, as the struggle grew harder; but rather would I die than yield; and at last I finished it. People talk of it to this day: but none can tell what the labor was, who have not felt that snow and wind.

Of the sheep upon the mountain, and the sheep upon the western farm, and the cattle on the upper burrows, scarcely one in ten was saved; do what we would for them. And this was not through any neglect (now that our wits were sharpened), but from the pure impossibility of finding them at all. That great snow never ceased a moment for three days and nights.


Study the spelling and meaning of these words : floundering

tunnel chisel

plaintive pitiless

patronage neglect


yield impossibility elements pressure

This account is given by John Ridd, the hero of the book. When he describes the snow, does he begin with its appearance, or its effect? At what point does the storm seem fiercest? Did John Ridd see any beauty in the mound of snow? What plan did he and his companions follow to reach the sheep? Why does he call the other men “pie crusts”? How do you know that Watch was intelligent? Do you understand what John Ridd meant by “a certain fierce delight” burning in him? Did John Fry feel it? Did he work for the same reason as John Ridd? Note the language of John Fry. Why does the writer devote so much space to describing the snow?


THEME SUBJECTS Do you feel anxious about the sheep? Do you wonder where they are? Whether they are alive? How, if found, they can be taken to a safe place? This feeling of interest, expectation, sometimes of excitement, is called suspense. The point of greatest suspense is called the climax. Short stories usually end very quickly after the climax is reached. Where is the climax of this story? You have finally conquered some difficult task or met with some adventure. Describe the different stages of your experience. Try to make each difficulty a little greater, a little more interesting than the preceding one. Which of the following subjects would make the best title for your account?

Caught in a Storm.
How to Make a Sand Fort.
How Streets are Cleaned.
After a Snow Storm.
My First Sleigh Ride.
What Causes the Snow.

A Snow Fort.
How We Made a Snow Man.
A Remarkable Feat.
My First Hay Ride.
How I Finally Succeeded.

Describe the snow to some one who has never seen it, (a) its appearance, (b) its effect.

Lorna Doone. Richard D. Blackmore.
Bob, Son of Battle. Alfred Ollivant.
Stickeen: The Story of My Dog. John Muir.
Grayfriars Bobby. Eleanor Atkinson.
Rab and his Friends. Dr. John Brown.
A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs. Laurence Hutton.
A Dog of Flanders. De la Ramée.
A Dog's Tale. S. L. Clemens.
The Bar Sinister. Richard Harding Davis.
Goliath (from Two Bites at a Cherry). Thomas Bailey Aldrich.
To Flush, My Dog (verse). Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. John Fox, Jr.
The Animal Story Book. Andrew Lang.



Margaret Steele Anderson lives in her birthplace, Louisville, Kentucky. She is a lecturer on art, a writer of books on that subject, a literary critic, and the author of a volume of exquisite verse entitled The Flame in the Wind (1913). See also:

Townsend's Kentucky in American Letters, pp. 318–320.

“Oh, was it on that awful road,

The way of death, you came?” 2 “It was a little road,” he said,

“I never knew its name.”

“Is it not rough along that road?”

“I cannot tell,” said he,
“Up to your gate, in her two arms,

“And will you show me Christ?” he said,

“And must we seek Him far?”
“That is our Lord, with children round,

Where little bluebells are.”

“Why, so my mother sits at night,

When all the lights are dim!
Oh, would He mind — would it be right -

If I should sit by Him?”

Copyright, 1913, by Margaret Steele Anderson. This poem is used by special arrangement with the author.

2 In the first two lines, the angel addresses the child, asking if he came to heaven by "that awful road” of death. Then follows the reply of the child, referred to as “he.”


What beautiful thought runs through the entire poem? Why did the child feel so much at home?

We are Seven. William Wordsworth.
Little Lamb. William Blake.
I remember, I remember. Thomas Hood.
For the teacher to read to the class :

The Fighting Weak, Habit, The Trees from The Flame in the Wind, by Margaret Steele Anderson; The Night, The Chimney-Sweeper, On Another's Sorrow, The Land of Dreams, by William Blake; and parts of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Blessed Damozel.

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Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), born in Devonshire, England, was both clergyman and teacher. He held many responsible positions, among them that of teacher of English literature at Queen's College, London, and later of history at Oxford. One of his best-known books is Westward Hol which is, like Hereward the Wake, an historical novel. Perhaps his most widely read books to-day are Water Babies and Greek Heroes. He gives very vivid pictures of English history and customs. See also:

Letters and Memories of his Life, edited by his wife.

GILBERT of Ghent, who owned many a fair manor in Lincolnshire, heard that Hereward ? was outlawed, and sent for him, having, it would seem, some connection with his father. And there they lived, doubtless happily enough, fighting Celts and hunting deer, so that as yet the pains and penalties of exile did not press very hardly upon him. The handsome, petulant, good-humored lad had become in a few weeks the darling of Gilbert's ladies, and the envy of all his knights and gentlemen.

Hereward the singer, harp player, dancer, Hereward the rider and hunter, was in all mouths: but he himself was discontented as having as yet fallen in with no adventure worthy of a man; and he looked curiously and longingly at the menagerie of wild beasts enclosed in strong wooden cages, which Gilbert kept in one corner of the great courtyard, not for any scientific purposes, but to try with them, at Christ

i From Heroward the Wake (1866). · Hereward was an English hero living in the eleventh century.

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