Cautionary Tales & Other Verses – Hilaire Belloc

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Cautionary Tales & Other Verses – Hilaire Belloc

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Title: Cautionary Tales & Other Verses

Author: Hilaire Belloc, Posy Symmonds (illus)

Publisher: The Folio Society, 1997.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth with slipcase. In very good condition: very light wear.

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The book contains an introduction and eleven tales, all written in rhyming couplets.

  • “Introduction: Upon being asked by a Reader whether the verses contained in this book were true.”
  • “Jim: Who ran away from his Nurse, and was eaten by a Lion.”
  • “Henry King: Who chewed bits of string, and was early cut off in Dreadful agonies.”
  • “Matilda: Who told Lies, and was Burned to Death.”
  • “Franklin Hyde: Who caroused in the Dirt and was corrected by His Uncle.”
  • “Godolphin Horne: Who was cursed with the Sin of Pride, and, Became a Boot-black.”
  • “Algernon: Who played with a Loaded Gun, and, on missing his Sister, was reprimanded by his Father.”
  • “Hildebrand: Who was frightened by a Passing Motor, and was brought to reason.”
  • “Lord Lundy: Who was too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby ruined his Political Career.”
  • “Rebecca: Who Slammed Doors For Fun And Perished Miserably.”
  • “George: Who played with a Dangerous Toy, and suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions.”
  • “Charles Augustus Fortescue: Who Always Did what was Right, and so Accumulated an Immense Fortune.”

The book also contains some other verses by Belloc, all quite entertaining overall.