Black Beauty

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Black Beauty  (1877) 
by Anna Sewell
Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse, first published November 24, 1877, is Anna Sewell's only novel, composed in the last years of her life between 1871 and 1877 while confined to her house as an invalid.
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"The moon had just risen above the hedge, and by
its light I could see Smith lying a few yards beyond
me."—Page 121.

BLACK BEAUTY:

HIS GROOMS AND COMPANIONS,

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HORSE.




Translated from the Original Equine

BY

ANNA SEWELL.




LONDON: JARROLD AND SONS,
3, PATERNOSTER BUILDINGS.

TO

MY DEAR AND HONOURED

MOTHER,

WHOSE LIFE, NO LESS THAN HER PEN,

HAS BEEN DEVOTED TO THE

WELFARE OF OTHERS,

THIS LITTLE BOOK

IS AFFECTIONATELY

DEDICATED.

"He was a perfect horseman, and never lost his temper with his horse, talking to and reasoning with it if it shyed or bolted, as if it had been a rational being, knowing that from the fine organisation of the animal, a horse, like a child, will get confused by panic fear, which is only increased by punishment."—From the Life of Charles Kingsley, Vol. II., page 9.

CONTENTS.


PART I.

CHAPTER PAGE
I. My Early Home 9
II. The Hunt 12
III. My Breaking In 16
IV. Birtwick Park 21
V. A Fair Start 25
VI. Liberty 30
VII. Ginger 32
VIII. Ginger's Story Continued 38
IX. Merrylegs 43
X. A Talk in the Orchard 47
XI. Plain Speaking 54
XII. A Stormy Day 58
XIII. The Devil's Trade Mark 63
XIV. James Howard 67
XV. The Old Ostler 71
XVI. The Fire 75
XVII. John Manly's Talk 80
XVIII. Going for the Doctor 85
XIX. Only Ignorance 90
XX. Joe Green 93
XXI. The Parting 97
PART II.
XXII. Earlshall 101
XXIII. A Strike for Liberty 106
XXIV. The Lady Anne, or A Runaway Horse 110
XXV. Reuben Smith 118
XXVI. How it Ended 123
XXVII. Ruined, and going Down-hill 127
XXVIII. A Job Horse, and his Drivers 131
XXIX. Cockneys 136
XXX. A Thief 144
XXXI. A Humbug 148
PART III.
XXXII. The Horse Fair 152
XXXIII. A London Cab Horse 157
XXXIV. An Old War Horse 162
XXXV. Jerry Barker 169
XXXVI. The Sunday Cab 177
XXXVII. The Golden Rule 183
XXXVIII. Dolly and a real Gentleman 188
XXXIX. Seedy Sam 193
XL. Poor Ginger 198
XLI. The Butcher 201
XLII. The Election 205
XLIII. A Friend in Need 208
XLIV. Old Captain, and his Successor 214
XLV. Jerry's New Year 220
PART IV.
XLVI. Jakes and the Lady 228
XLVII. Hard Times 233
XLVIII. Farmer Thoroughgood and his Grandson Willie 239
XLIX. My Last Home 244
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.