The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... began by telling how Cecily had sent the little gift to them, via the string, and ended by explaining about Aunt Minerva's duplicate. Miss Benedict listened to it all without comment. When Janet had finished and held out the two bracelets for her to examine, she merely took them and laid them in her lap, scarcely glancing at them. They waited, breathless, for her response. "No," she said, "I know nothing about these bracelets. It is, of course, very singular---a surprising coincidence that your aunt should have one of them. But I know nothing about them, any more than I know about Cecily herself." It was the first time she had ever referred to the matter before Cecily, and it was evident that it was not easy for her to do so. "I might as well speak plainly to you all about this, since the matter has come up. I did not know little Cecily; I had never heard of her, nor anything about her before she came here. I cannot imagine why she was sent. I have no relatives whose child she could have been, nor any friend who could have given her into my care." "Then why," interrupted Janet, "if you will pardon me for asking, Miss Benedict, --why did you take her in the day she came?" Miss Benedict's manner instantly became a. trifle confused and embarrassed. "It is--er--a little diflicult to explain, I confess," she stammcred. "The truth is--I--er--it is commonly reported that we--that is--I have some means. I have frequently, in the past years, received very strange letters from people utterly unknown to me, --begging letters, letters proposing to invest my money for me, --oh! I cannot begin to tell you all the strange things these letters propose. I understand it...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123676157X
  • 9781236761576
  • 2,256,808