The Cuckoo Clock

“Somewhat back from the village street Stands the old-fashioned country seat.” Once upon a time in an old town, in an old street, there stood a very old house. Such a house as you could hardly find nowadays, however you searched, for it belonged to a gone-by time-a time now quite passed away. It stood

“Somewhat back from the village street Stands the old-fashioned country seat.” Once upon a time in an old town, in an old street, there stood a very old house. Such a house as you could hardly find nowadays, however you searched, for it belonged to a gone-by time-a time now quite passed away. It stood in a street, but yet it was not like a town house, for though the front opened right on to the pavement, the back windows looked out upon a beautiful, quaintly terraced , with old trees growing so thick and close together that in summer it was like living on the edge of a forest to be near them; and even in winter the web of their interlaced branches hid all clear view behind. There was a colony of rooks in this old . Year after year they held their parliaments and cawed and chattered and fussed; year after year they built their nests and hatched their eggs; year after year, I suppose, the old ones gradually died off and the young ones took their place, though, but for knowing this must be so, no one would have suspected it, for to all appearance the rooks were always the same-ever and always the same. Time indeed seemed to stand still in and all about the old house, as if it and the people who inhabited it had got so old that they could not get any older, and had outlived the possibility of change.

Comments

Richmonde says:

Charming Victorian tale Loved it as a child, must read it again. I think it concerns two Victorian children who go through a cuckoo clock into magical dream kingdoms.

Amazon Customer says:

Five Stars Great childhood memories of reading this.Still enjoyable as an adult.

alice says:

the cuckoo clock lovely story

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