Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 20, 2011

The Christmas Gift – Part VII

Part VII of (IX): THE CHRISTMAS GIFT by Horatio Alger, Jr.

…That was a sorrowful night on which Mr. Dinsmoor made known to his afflicted wife the bankruptcy which was inevitable. Still sadder, if possible, was the sale which it enforced of the house which they had so long occupied, the furniture which had become endeared to them by memory and association, and the harsh interruption which loss of fortune put to all their treasured schemes.

“My poor boy,” said Mrs. Dinsmoor, sorrowfully, as she placed her hand caressingly on the brown locks of Charlie, the eldest of the two boys. “It was a hard sacrifice for you to leave the studies to which you are so much attached, and enter a store, as you will be obliged to do.”

“Ah, I had not thought of that,” murmured Charlie. “It will indeed be a sacrifice, but, mother, I would nor care for that if you could only be spared the trials to which you will be exposed from poverty.”

“Thank you for your consideration, my child; but do not fear that I shall not accommodate myself to it. It is a heavy trial, but we must try to think that it will ultimately eventuate in our good.”

At the audacity of Mr. Dinsmoor’s house and furniture, the whole property, without exception, was knocked off to a young man, who seemed apparently of twenty-two or three years of age. He was able to secure it at a price much beneath its real value, for times were hard and money scarce, so that he had but few competitors. Mr. Dinsmoor did not hear his name, and the pressure of sad thoughts prevented him from making the inquiry.

Possession was to be given in one week. Meanwhile Mr. Dinsmoor sought out a small house in an obscure part of town, which in point of elegance and convenience formed a complete contrast to the one he had formerly occupied. He felt, however, that it would be all his scanty salary as clerk (for he accrued a situation in that capacity) would enable him to afford….

(To be continued Dec. 23, 2011)

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