American Wit and Humor

American Wit and Humor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... uncertain future. "None of our folks has ever lived to be a burden," she said presently, in a pathetic tone, putting down her cup. "My mother was thought to be doin' well until four o'clock an' was dead at ten. My Aunt Nancy came to our house well at twelve o'clock an' died that afternoon; my father was sick but ten days. There was dear sister Betsy, she did go in consumption, but 'twa'n't an expensive sickness." "I've thought sometimes about you, how you'd get past rovin' from house to house one o' these days. I guess your friends will stand by you." Mrs. Crane spoke with unwonted sympathy, and Sarah Ellen's heart leaped with joy. "You're real kind," she said simply. "There's nobody I set so much by. But I shall miss Sister Barsett, when all's said an' done. She's asked me many a time to stop with her when I wasn't doin' nothin'. We all have our failin's, but she was a friendly creeter. I sha'n't want to see her laid away." "Yes, I was thinkin' a few minutes ago that 1 shouldn't want to look out an' see the funeral go by. She's one o' the old neighbors. I s'pose I shall have to look, or I shouldn't feel right afterward," said Mrs. Crane mournfully..." If I hadn't got so kind of housebound," she added with touching frankness, "I'd just as soon go over with you an' offer to watch this night." " 'Twould astonish Sister Barsett so I don't know but she'd return." Sarah Ellen's eyes danced with amusement; she could not resist her own joke, and Mercy Crane herself had to smile. "Now I must be goin', or 'twill be dark," said the guest, rising, and sighing after she had eaten her last crumb of gingerbread. "Yes, thank ye, you're real good; I will come back if I find I ain't wanted. Look what a pretty sky there is!" and the two friends went to the side...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669606
  • 9781236669605