The Living Age Volume 283

The Living Age Volume 283

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... afternoon gown, cap and muslin apron. "You've been taught something, then," said a harsh voice from the hearthrug. "The last one who called herself a parlormaid knocked at the door and put her hands behind her back--as if she'd come straight from the workhouse." Priscilla found herself in the presence of a mountain: a colossal woman who imposed by her mere size, who looked at the world through starers, and whose naturally arrogant eyes and chin were made more ofl'ensive than they need have been by her outrageous use of them. She had beetling brows, a coarse-cut mouth, shiny black hair, stiiliy waved and curtaining her face, a sallow complexion and an air that in an archangel would have been selfsatisfied. "If I was half as ugly as that I'd keep quiet," Priscilla thought, as she surveyed her new mistress in amazement. "Come nearer," said Mrs. Boger. "I can't speak to you while you stand out there." Priscilla advanced as far as the middle of the room. The lady sawed the air with her starers and put up her chin. "Nearer!" she said again, and pointed imperiously to the exact spot on the carpet where she wished Priscilla to stand. "I understand from my other maids that you have friends living on the common?" "My father and mother," began Priscilla, but the starers sawed the air again and stopped her. "Don't interrupt. It's rude. Your relationships are no concern of mine, and what you do when you are out does not interest me. I consider you have been deceitful, but that may pass for the present. What I want to say is that you will only go out at your stated times. You had better understand from the first that I won't have more

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236898117
  • 9781236898111