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(E)state of Contentment


(E)state of Contentment
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.38

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    inherit, properly, professional, indoor, uncomfortable, privilege, certainly, manor, peasant, however, history, longer, feeling, often, several, maid
     content words:    Apple Hill, To Jerome


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(E)state of Contentment
By Beth Beutler
  

1     Roland was 13 years old when he learned he would inherit the family's royal estate. He had grown up in the small country of Lutenberg. This country was a fraction of the size of most other countries. However, it had a rich history all its own. There were still several manor homes located on miles of pasture and woods. On these estates, many peasants lived in small houses. They were the workers that kept the estate maintained. In many countries, these estates no longer existed. However, in Lutenberg, life went on like it had for hundreds of years.
 
2     Roland lived in the large manor house in the Estate of Apple Hill. The home was huge. The family had a maid, and he had an exercise room and indoor pool in which to swim. He loved a lot of things about his home. A professional decorator had redone the house just a couple of years ago. However, it still retained the look of a castle. Roland considered it a privilege to live there, most of the time.
 
3     Roland enjoyed riding through the estate on his horse, Oxbow. He was a very strong horse that reminded him of an ox at times. He would ride Oxbow almost every day. Many times he would travel down to the peasant houses to visit his friend, Jerome. He and Jerome would then ride through the fields and woods. They would run and hide, pretending to be soldiers fighting an evil enemy.

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