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HEART


A SCHOOLBOY'S JOURNAL



BY


EDMONDO De AMICIS



TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN BY

ISABEL F. HAPGOOD



COMPLETE EDITION



NEW YORK

THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY

PUBLISHERS


Copyright, 1887, 1895 and 1901.
BY THOMAS Y. CROWELL & COMPANY
Copyright, 1915.
BY ISABEL, F. HAPGOOD
Copyright, 1922.
BY THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY







Printed in the United States of America







PREFACE


This book is specially dedicated to the boys of the elementary schools between the ages of nine and thirteen years, and might be entitled: "The Story of a Scholastic Year written by a Pupil of the Third Class of an Italian Municipal School." In saying, written by a pupil of the third class, I do not mean to say that it was written by him exactly as it is printed. He noted day by day in a copy-book, as well as he knew how, what he had seen, felt, thought, in the school and outside the school; his father at the end of the year wrote these pages on those notes, taking care not to alter the thought, and preserving, when it was possible, the words of his son. Four years later the boy, being then in the lyceum, read over the MSS. and added something of his own, drawing on his memories, still fresh, of persons and of things. Now read this book, boys; I hope that you will be pleased with it, and that it may do you good.

Edmondo de Amicis






CONTENTS

OCTOBER
PAGE
The First Day of School 1
Our Master 4
The Calabrian Boy 7
My Schoolmates 9
A Generous Deed 11
My Schoolmistress of the Upper First 13
In an Attic 15
The School 17
The Little Patriot of Padua 19
The Chimney-Sweep 22
The Day of the Dead 24

NOVEMBER
My Friend Garrone 26
The Charcoal-Man and the Gentleman 28
My Brother's Schoolmistress 30
My Mother 32
My Friend Coretti 34
The Principal 38
The Soldiers 41
Nelli's Protector 43
The Head of the Class 45
The Little Vidette of Lombardy 47
The Poor 53

DECEMBER
The Trader 56
Vanity 58
The First Snow-Storm 60
Muratorino, the Little Mason 62
A Snowball 64
The Schoolmistresses 67
The Wounded Man 69
The Little Florentine Scribe 71
Will 80
Gratitude 82

JANUARY
The Assistant Master 85
Stardi's Library 87
The Blacksmith's Son 89
A Fine Visit 91
The Funeral of Victor Emanuel 93
Franti Expelled From School 95
The Sardinian Drummer-Boy 98
The Love of Country 108
Envy 110
Franti's Mother 112
Hope 114

FEBRUARY
A Medal Well Bestowed 116
Good Resolutions 118
The Train of Cars 120
Pride 123
The Wounds of Labor 125
The Prisoner 127
Daddy's Nurse 131
The Workshop 142
The Little Clown 145
The Last Day of the Carnival 150
The Blind Boys 153
The Sick Teacher 160
The Street 163

MARCH
The Evening School 165
The Fight 167
The Boys' Parents 170
Number 78 171
A Little Dead Boy 174
The Eve of the Fourteenth of March 176
The Distribution of Prizes 178
The Quarrel 184
My Sister 187
Blood of Romagna 188
The Little Mason on His Sick-Bed 197
Count Cavour 200

APRIL
Spring 203
King Umberto 205
The Infant Asylum 210
Gymnastics 215
My Father's Teacher 218
Convalescence 231
Friends Among the Workingmen 233
Garrone's Mother 234
Giusepppe Mazzini 236
Civic Valor 239

MAY
Children With the Rickets 245
Sacrifice 247
The Fire 249
From the Apennines to the Andes 254
Summer 295
The Poetic Side 297
The Deaf-Mute 299

JUNE
Garibaldi 310
The Army 311
Italy 314
Thirty-Two Degrees 315
My Father 317
In the Country 319
The Distribution of Prizes to the Working-Men 323
My Dead Schoolmistress 326
Thanks 329
The Shipwreck 331

JULY
The Last Page from my Mother 339
The Examinations 340
The Last Examination 343
Farewell 346