Little Nettie

Little Nettie

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Excerpt: ...disappointed, and a little mortified, and somewhat downhearted. What should they do for supper? and what a storm there would be when her father heard about all this, and found nothing but bread and tea on the table! Slowly Nettie turned away, and slowly made the few steps from the door to the corner. She felt very blue indeed; coming out of the warm store, the chill wind made her shiver. Just at the corner somebody stopped her. "Nettie!" said the voice of the little French baker, "what ails you? you look not well." Nettie gave her a grateful smile, and said she was well. "You look not like it," said Madame Auguste; "you look as if the wind might carry you off before you get home. Come to my house; I want to see you in the light." "I haven't time; I must go home to mother, Mrs. August." "Yes, I know! You will go home all the faster for coming this way first. You have not been to see me in these three or four weeks." She carried Nettie along with her; it was but a step, and Nettie did not feel capable of resisting anything. The little Frenchwoman put her into the shop before her, made her sit down, and lighted a candle. The shop was nice and warm, and full of the savoury smell of fresh baking. "We have made our own bread lately," said Nettie, in answer to the charge of not coming there. "Do you make it good?" said Madame Auguste. "It isn't like yours, Mrs. August," said Nettie, smiling. "If you will come and live with me next summer, I will teach you how to do some things; and you shall not look so blue neither. Have you had your supper?" "No; and I am just going home to get supper. I must go, Mrs. August." "You come in here," said the Frenchwoman; "you are my prisoner. I am all alone, and I want somebody for company. You take off your cloak, Nettie, and I shall give you something to keep the wind out. You do what I bid you!" Nettie felt too cold and weak to make any ado about complying, unless duty had forbade; and she thought there was time more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236727894
  • 9781236727893