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By Ana Sewell
Main Characters: Horses: Black Beauty, Marylegs, Ginger,
Captain. People: Squire Gordon, Joe Green, John Manly, The Erle
of Windover Mr. Barry, Alfred Smirck, Jerry Barker, Willie, Mrs.
Blumefield, Mrs. Ellen, Robin Smith.
Black Beauty first lived on a large pleasant meadow with his
mother and a few other horses. They had a very gentle master
named Squire Gordon. The coachman was a very caring man named
John Manly. As Beauty was getting older he had to learn how to
wear shoes, and many uncomfortable things on his body. Once
Beauty became accustomed to these things he was taken to a new
meadow. He lived in a roomy stall next to two horses named
Ginger, and Marylegs. One day Squire Gordon decided to take
Beauty, and Ginger on a trip to see some people. It was a long
trip, and they stopped for a night at an inn with some small
stables. Suddenly the horses where awakened by the sound of a
fire crackling from inside the barn. There was an enormous fire,
and many horses died, but Beauty, Ginger, and some other horses
were able to escape. The rest of the trip was pleasant, and
uneventful. One day Squire Gordon’s Mistress became very ill,
and Beauty was chosen by John to go get the doctor. It was a
stormy night, and when he returned with the doctor he was very
sweaty, and wet. Beauty was very sick for the next few days, but
he recovered quickly. John hired a new groom named Joe Green.
Joe was taut how to treat Beauty, and eventually John trusted
Joe. After living there for three years Squire Gordon’s mistress
Became very ill so they moved to a Quieter place.
Beauty, and Ginger’s new master was the Erle of Windover.
They lived at the Erle’s Hall Park, and there new coachman was
Mr. York. The Erle’s mistress forced Mr. York to make Beauty,
and Ginger wear new painful pieces of equipment called reigns.
The reigns forced the horse to hold her head very high. One day
Ginger was in so much pain she kicked Mr. York when he was
trying to raise her head. The mistress never rode Ginger again.
The Erle, his mistress, and Mr. York went on a several month
long trip, and left the head groom in charge of the horses.
Rubin Smith was the head groom, and he was very nice, and
trustworthy, but he was a heavy drinker. There were three people
staying at the Hall: Lady Harriet, Lady Ann, and Mr. Blantire
One day when Mr. Blantire was brought to the train station Rubin
stopped to see some friends, and a man noticed that Beauty’s
shoe was broken, but Rubin ignored him. On the way home Beauty’s
hoof was split in half, and the pain was so great he fell down
hard on his knees in agonizing pain. He threw Rubin almost three
yards. After a few hours Beauty could hear a horse coming, it
was ginger with three men. The men said Rubin was dead. They saw
Beauty’s bleeding knees, and his cut hoof, and they realized
what had happened. The Erle was extremely sad when he heard
about Beauty, but his knees were too damaged to keep him.
Beauty was sold to a livery where he was ridden by many
different people. Some people where very abusive and harsh
others were gentle, and caring.
After living at the livery for several months Beauty was
bought by a kind business man named Mr. Barry. Beauty’s new
master was never cruel to him, but his groom Alfred Smirck did
not clean the stable or remove all the hay, and the smell in the
stable made Beauty lose his appetite. Because of this Beauty
became very sick. When Mr. Barry found out that Alfred was
mistreating Beauty he decided to sell Beauty.
Beauty was sold to a cab owner named Jerry Barker. Jerry and
his family always treated Beauty very well. There was another
horse living with Beauty named Captain. Beauty had to work very
hard, but he was treated so well that he almost didn’t mind.
Captain, and Beauty became very good friends. One day when
Beauty was stopped at a
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