Excerpt from Birch Dene: A Novel
Among the wayfarers who wend eastward along Holborn - men with pigtails, top-boots, and low-crowned hats, women in pattens, with waists as high as their armpits, and coal-scuttle bonnets - are a woman and a boy, whose slow and sauntering pace is in striking contrast with the hurry and rush of the crowd around them.
The woman may be thirty years old; her face, though pale and worn, shows traces of beauty and refinement, and is still pleasing and comely. The boy has seen, perhaps, nine or ten summers; he has a frank and open countenance, his eyes are dark blue, and the curls which hang down his shoulders are almost as black as the broad-brimmed hat which covers his head.
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