Only a Girl

Only a Girl

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Excerpt: Frau Keller shook her head. She was obstinate in her grief, and did not believe in this kind of cure. "Kaspar," she said, "hung up a leg before the Holy Mother, and paid a gulden for it. And what good did it do? Did he not die of the trouble in his leg after he went to town?" The priest stood at the foot of the bed, listening to the conversation and shaking his head. "Columbane, Columbane," he now began, "you blaspheme! Do you not remember the cause of Kaspar's death? Do not accuse the Blessed Virgin, --how could she help the man when he would not wait for her aid, but listened to the evil counsel of the Hartwich and had his leg cut off? He did not die of disease, but because he made friends with an enemy of the Holy Mother." "Well, then," said one of the women, "perhaps the Holy Mother of God drew him to her again by that very leg." "What? Then perhaps she might draw my little Kathchen to her in the same way," cried Frau Keller defiantly. "No, no! let me keep my child, crippled though she be, if she only lives. I am strong, and can work for her. No, Kathi dear, you do not want to go to heaven. You will stay with father and mother, even if they have only a crust for you." "Yes, mother dear, I will stay with you," said the child in her sweet voice, leaning her head wearily upon her mother, who, sobbing, stroked the pale little cheeks. "Mother dear," she said, and there came the sweetest expression into her eyes, "do not cry so, --it does not hurt me much." A dull cry of anguish broke from the mother's breast, and she hid her face among the bedclothes. "My child! my child! complain, --only be naughty and fret, --your patience breaks my heart, --you seem already on the way to be a blessed angel." Upon the other side of the bed, that stood with its head to the wall, were two silent figures, the father and the schoolmaster. The more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236704193
  • 9781236704191