Excerpt from What She Could; And Opportunities: A Sequel
"Girls, there's Band!"
"A Band - in the Sunday-school."
"I am sure there is a careless girl in the house," put in another speaker. "Go and wipe your feet, Maria; look at the snow you have brought in."
"But, mamma - "
"Go and get rid of that snow before you say another word. And you too, Matilda: see, child, what lumps of snow are sticking to your shoes. Was there no mat at the door?"
"There was a cold wind there," muttered Maria, as she went to obey orders. "What harm does a little snow d?"
But while she went to the door again, her sister, a pretty, delicate child of fewer years, stood still, and adroitly slipped her feet out of the snowy shoes she had brought in, which she put in the corner of the fireplace to thaw and dry off; the little stocking feet standing comfortably on the rug before the blaze. It was so neatly done, the mother and elder sisters looked on and could not chide. Neatness suited the place.
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