Mistress and Maid, by the Author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman'

Mistress and Maid, by the Author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman'

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...My missis is ill, and I want a letter sent at once to Miss Hilary." "Oh! come in, then. Elizabeth, I think, your name is?" "Yes, ma'am." "(What made you leave home at this hour of night? Did your mistress send you?" "No." "Is she so very ill? It seems sudden. I saw Miss Hilary to-day, and she knew nothing at all about it." Elizabeth shrank a little before the keen eye that seemed to read her through. "There's more amiss than you have told me, young woman. Is it because your mistress is in serious danger that you want to send for her sister?' "No." "What is it then? You had better tell me at once. I hate concealment." It was a trial; but Elizabeth held her ground. "I beg your pardon, ma'am; but I don't think missis would like anybody to know, and therefore I'd rather not tell you." Now the honest Scotchwoman, as she said, hated concealment--hated anything underhand, but she respected the right of every human being to maintain silence if necessary. She looked sharply in Elizabeth's face, which apparently reassured her, for she said, not unkindly--"Very well, child, keep your mistress's secrets by all means. Only tell me what you want. Shall I take a cab, and fetch Miss Hilary at once?" Elizabeth thanked her, but said she thought that would not do; it would be better to send the note the first thing to-morrow morning, and then Miss Hilary would come home just as if nothing had happened, and Miss Leaf would not be frightened by her sudden appearance. "You are a good, mindful girl," said Miss Balquidder. "How did you learn to be so sensible?" At the kindly word and manner, Elizabeth, bewildered and exhausted with the excitement she...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506898
  • 9781236506894