Excerpt from A Northern Lily, Vol. 1: Five Years of an Uneventful Life
'On the Home farm some watch the ploughman's furrow,
And talk of bullocks and the price of oats.'
'A quarter-past five, ' said Elsie Ross, 'and no post yet.'
The letters at Rossie were usually brought in with the kettle at afternoon tea-time - the only post in the day, strange as it may seem to the southern reader.
'Not that I expect anything - but - here it is - and - yes! there is one for me. Not from Fraulein - from I don't know whom.'
She opened the letter, which was rather long, and adorned with numerous dashes, flourishes, and points of exclamation; and read it thoughtfully.
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