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    The Worker in Sandalwood, original 1914 edition.A clumsy, dull eyed young woodworking apprentice, worn down by abuse and despairing at the lack of love and warmth in his life, is visited by a mysterious young boy on Christmas Eve night in this lovely holiday short story from Canadian poet Marjorie L.C Pickthall Given only curses and blows by his cruel master, Pierre L Oreillard, fourteen year old Hyacinthe is quiet and bumbling, with an inner depth and an eye for beauty that no one suspects Left to make the sandalwood cabinet ordered by Madame at the big house, while his master gets drunk every night, he labors unceasingly in the cold of the workshop to create a thing of beauty But when his task is not completed by Christmas Eve, he is locked in and told he will receive a beating if he isn t done by morning Breaking down entirely, he is at his lowest point, even considering suicide, when there is a knock at the door, and a mysterious stranger with quiet eyes asks for shelter This seeming youth, bred as a carpenter, offers to help with his host s task, telling him tales of his own youth in far off, sunny lands As Hyacinthe watches, a miracle occurs, in the making of the cabinet, and as the stranger leaves, surrounded by glory, he realizes that his visitor has been a youthful ChristOriginally published in 1914 in New York, in...

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    The Worker in Sandalwood, illustrated by Frances Tyrrell.Canadian artist and illustrator Frances Tyrrell, whose debut picture book was a presentation of Father Jean de Br beuf s The Huron Carol , turns her attention to poet Marjorie Pickthall s tale of a Christmas miracle in this lovely title The story of Hyacinthe, an apprentice woodworker who is much abused by his harsh master, it follows the creation of a carved sandalwood box, ordered by Madame at the big house for No l When the eve of the great day arrives, and Hyacinthe has not yet completed his task, his master locks him inside the workshop, threatening him with a beating if he is not done by morning In utter despair, the fourteen year old boy gives way to tears, until a knock at the door reveals a mysterious young man from faraway lands a young man who is also a carpenter, and aids him in his taskFirst published in 1914, The Worker in Sandalwood is a beautifully written and immensely poignant tale, something I discovered when I sought out the first edition of it, at the New York Public Library, and read it n their Rose Reading Room I initially became aware of the story through my desire to find ...

  3. says:

    One of the most beautiful Christmas stories ever Thank you, Mrs Reilly, for reading it to us way back in high school.

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