The Years That Are Told

The Years That Are Told

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... at harvest or house-cleaning time; and many were the words of surprise that were said to me--words that in my girlish sensitiveness I interpreted to mean disapproval--when it was known that I, the minister's wife, knew no more than a child about the mystery of butter and cheese-making; and as for a half-day's washing or ironing, was no more fit for it than a baby. This was what they said, and this was how they reconciled themselves to my keeping a maid-of-all-work, a bright, cheerful little maid, who has never left me, though her then brown hair is as white as her mistress' is now--my faithful Mehitable. How often I was made to feel those days, that many a staid matron thought it would have been far better if Ralph had chosen for his wife a real helpmeet--such as one of their strong, rosy-cheeked, frugal daughters would have been. One old lady, even in my presence, made bold to ask Ralph, " Why he had chosen such a delicately-reared slip of a girl from the South, rather than a New England maiden?" For, though Uncle Max's home was only in the northern corner of Maryland, Eastern people called that South. And yet every one was kind to me, wonderfully kind, when I think of my blunders; why, at the very first sewing society that I attended, I had to confess, when they asked me to take a seat at the quilting frame, that I did not know at all how to run my needle through and through and on across the wide block; and as for knitting, which I can now do with my eyes shut--footing a stocking or thumbing a mitten--was a task quite beyond my skill. And my housekeeping--Ralph was satisfied with it; but what mistakes I made! But these annoyances were my lesser troubles, for Ralph always laughed at me when I repeated them to him, and said: more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236754298
  • 9781236754295