The Wide, Wide World

The Wide, Wide World

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Excerpt: ...themselves out upon the hearth with such a look of being at home, seemed to say, "You have come to the right place for comfort." A little, dark, mahogany book-case in one place an odd toilet-table of the same stuff in another; and opposite the fire an old-fashioned high-post bedstead, with its handsome Marseilles quilt and ample pillows, looked very tempting. Between this and the far side of the room, in the corner, another bed was spread on the floor. "This is aunt Sophia's room," said little Ellen Chauncey; "this is where you are to sleep." "And where will Alice be?" said the other Ellen. "Oh, she'll sleep here, in this bed, with aunt Sophia; that is because the house is so full, you know; and here is your bed, here on the floor. Oh, delicious! I wish I was going to sleep here! Don't you love to sleep on the floor? I do. I think it's fun." Anybody might have thought it fun to sleep on that bed, for, instead of a bedstead, it was luxuriously piled on mattresses. The two children sat down together on the foot of it. "This is aunt Sophia's room," continued little Ellen, "and next to it, out of that door, is our dressing-room, and next to that is where Mamma and I sleep. Do you undress and dress yourself?" "To be sure I do," said Ellen "always." "So do I; but Marianne Gillespie won't even put on her shoes and stockings for herself." "Who does it, then?" said Ellen. "Why, Lester aunt Matilda's maid. Mamma sent away her maid when we came here, and she says if she had fifty she would like me to do everything I can for myself. I shouldn't think it was pleasant to have any one put on one's shoes and stockings for you, should you?" "No, indeed," said Ellen. "Then you live here all the time?" "Oh, yes ever since papa didn't come back from that long voyage we live here since then." "Is he coming back soon?" "No," said little Ellen, gravely "he never will came back he never will come back any more." Ellen was sorry she had asked, and both children were more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236700104
  • 9781236700100