Mary Janes's Pa

Mary Janes's Pa

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... of a tramp. His sparse hair was uncombed, his face was covered with a week's growth of beard, and a handkerchief was knotted around his brown throat. "Pardon me," he said, "I'm afraid I startled you." Fear gripped her, at last. "Who are you, sir?" she asked, clutching her hands to her bosom. "Why, Portia," he replied, "it is very unkind of you to ask me that." She staggered back, slowly, step by step, her eyes wide, her lips white, and her whole face depicting an amazed terror. "Hiram! Hiram!" she gasped. "Yes," he answered, with all his old time suavity, "that is my name. 'A poor thing, but mine own!'" CHAPTER XIV. HIRAM BECOMES COOK. For a moment that seemed indefinitely lengthened Portia gazed at her returned husband as if striving to read what changes time had made. He stood so quietly that he seemed a grimy statue, and she appeared almost to have stopped breathing. The twittering of a night bird floated in to them through the open window, and the sleepy songs of the crickets and tree toads added to the chorus. "Yes," she said, slowly, "it is you!" With something approaching the old mocking smile, he answered, "Ah, you relieve me. I feared that time might so have bettered the lineaments with which you were once familiar that you would not recognize me." From the head of the stairs came a childish voice, interrupting anything more he might have said in his satirical vein. "I thought I heard a door slam, mumsie." "You did, dear," Portia responded, "but I know all about it. Tumble back into bed like a good girl." "Allright. Good-night," came the sleepy reply, and then again there was a stillness....show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236605217
  • 9781236605214