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Said a new voice. Alec’s mother and Mr. Knox were coming toward them. “I was afraid of a horse, Mr. Knox,” said Alec. ” Then Alec ran to his mother’s side. ” he shouted. “I’m going to ride the cane for Uncle Peter. Then, just as soon as I can do that and take care of my horse, I’m going to school. Mother, do you hear me? I’m going to a real school. To Mr. ” Alec’s mother smiled and gave her boy a hug. ” said Mr. Knox. “To my school with Tom and Neddy Stevens and Benjamin Yard? ” asked Alec. ” “Just about, I should think,” answered Mr.
Watch your—” “Temper. I will. ” “I will. I really will, Mother,” Alec called as he ran down the steps and out to the drive. Christy was ready and they were soon galloping down the road. When they came to the main highway, Alec pulled the little horse down to a walk. “Suppose those other boys do know a great deal more than I do. Suppose they can beat me in everything. ” he asked the horse. Christy only ﬂicked his ears. Before they came to the drive that led to the minister’s house, they came to a small bridge across a narrow stream.
There, he sat down at the top of the steps. “I’m going to ride. I will ride,” he said to himself. He slid from step to step until he reached the terrace. It seemed a long way to where old Poleon was waiting with Christy. Alec found that he was so stiff that he could hardly mount alone. “Now, Master Alec,” said old Poleon, “you just better not—” “Take the lead strap off today,” Alec demanded. ” But the old man had had his orders from Uncle Peter. Alec was not to ride alone until he was much steadier than he was now.
Alexander Hamilton: Young Statesman by Helen Boyd Higgins