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January 04 , 2011

The Mother's Promise


Timothy Shay Arthur — known as T.S. Arthur — was an American editor and popular author of fiction and non-fiction works. He became famous for his novels – ‘Ten Nights in a Bar-Room’ and ‘What I Saw There’, - which helped demonize alcohol in the eyes of the American public. Most of his works were oriented on disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable, decorous middle-class life in antebellum America. “The Mother's Promise” is the story told about a lady, Mrs. Herberth, who leaving her house to make a few calls, promised to her little son Eddy to buy a picture-book in return to his good behavior. Eddy waited the mamma, being a good boy, as he had promised, but when Mrs. Herberth returned, Eddy discovered, that mamma forgot about the book…

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Timothy Shay Arthur was a popular 19th-century American author, most famous for his temperance novel, Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There (1854). His novel, which demonized alcohol and the evils of over-consumption, held great sway over the American public and moved the temperance movement further ahead. He wrote a large number of short…

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