The Belgian Twins

Author: Lucy Fitch Perkins


In this sad hour of the world’s history, when so many homes have been broken up, and so many hearts burdened with heavy sorrows, it is comforting to think of the many heroic souls who, throughout the struggle, have gone about their daily tasks with unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have helped to carry the burdens of the world, and to sustain other hearts as heavy as their own.

It is comforting, also, to know that there are many instances of happy reunions after long and unspeakable anxieties, adventures, and trials.

This story of two little Belgian refugees is based upon the actual experience of two Belgian children, and the incident of the locket is quite true.

The characters of the eel-woman and the mother of the Twins have also their living originals, from whose courage and devotion the author has received much inspiration.


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Chicago: Lucy Fitch Perkins, "Preface," The Belgian Twins, ed. Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934 in The Belgian Twins (New York: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1894), Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2024,

MLA: Perkins, Lucy Fitch. "Preface." The Belgian Twins, edited by Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934, in The Belgian Twins, Vol. 22, New York, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1894, Original Sources. 25 May. 2024.

Harvard: Perkins, LF, 'Preface' in The Belgian Twins, ed. . cited in 1894, The Belgian Twins, Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 May 2024, from