Excerpt from Good Words for 1876
They were the last words she uttered before she fell asleep, and the first when she awoke in the morning. The prison bell aroused her as usual, and she lifted herself wearily from her hard mattress to begin another day of prison-life. But that was only for an instant. The glad thought ﬂashed, like a sudden gleam of light, through her heart, that to-day she was free, to - day she would see her little girl again. The warder brought a bundle containing her own clothes, and Carried away her prison dress. How her hands shook, as she unfolded the gown she had been wearing when she was taken up for the crime she had committed. All the long years seemed to be wiped out like a dream when one awakes. The blue dress, with that little hole torn in it, which Rosy had made whilst romping, how familiar, yet how strange it was to her! She had always been fond of gay colours and smart dresses 3 and now she had her own clothes again, she felt quite a different woman from the dull, broken-spirited prisoner she had been only yesterday. There was no glass in which she could look at herself; she had not seen her own face all this long and dreary time, ex cept in little fragments of broken glass in which she could hardly see the faintest image of herself. But she felt as young, now she had her blue gown on, as when she had first crossed the gloomy threshold of the county jail.
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