Excerpt from Thou Fool!
At the end of the table near the grate a woman sat sewing; opposite to her a boy bent over an exercise book, into which he was copying very carefully figures from a slate. The twain were mother and son, and they worked steadily, silently, as though much depended on their labours. They had been working so for some three hours.
To look at the woman then you would have guessed her age to be something over forty. As a matter of fact, it was thirty-five. There was no grey in her black hair, but her face had a faded look and was lined about the forehead, partly perhaps through over-much needlework. She had been pretty once in spite of a mouth unusually hard for a woman. Her eyes were dark brown, and, though wearied, held a certain soft brightness; her nose was finely shaped, her chin strong but not heavy, her teeth behind somewhat pale lips were perfect, and her brow was beautifully shaped. But she was too thin, too colourless, and she had forgotten how to straighten her back when she rose from her sewing.
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