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Summary of the essay DREAM CHILDREN by Charles Lamb [ from ESSAYS OF ELIA]
Lamb then began telling them about their great grandmother’s youth; when she was regarded as the best dancer in the country. But she was attacked by cancer, and that desisted her from dancing any further. Her good spirits, however, could not be broken, and she continued to be religious and kind hearted. She used to sleep by herself in a desolate chamber of that great house. She thought that she saw two apparitions of infants at midnight, but she was sure that were good creatures and would not hurt her. She was also very kind to her grandchildren, who went to her during holidays. Lamb himself used to spend hours in gazing upon old busts of the Emperors of Rome. He used to roam around the large silent rooms of that huge house and looked through the worn-out hangings, fluttering tapestry, and carved oaken panels. He also used to hang about the garden, gazing at the trees and flowers. He was satisfied thus roaming about, and preferred this to the sweet flavours of peaches, nectarines, and such common habits of children.
Though great grand-mother Field loved all her grand-children, she had a special favour for their uncle John Lamb, because he was a handsome and a spirited lad. He was dashing sort of fellow. While others would have preferred a secluded corner, he used to mount on horses and ride around the country and join the hunters.