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Publisher: General Books LLC (11 Jan. 2012)
By: Annie Thomas (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... RS VAUGHAN'S little house was rapidly assuming a habit able appearance under Constance's vigilant supervision, and the garden was soon metamorphosed from the weedy wilderness it had been to a neat, well-planted and ordered plot of content. 'We can't make you gay with annuals till next spring, aunt, but I'll have a lot of chrysanthemums and German asters in flower carefully transplanted from my garden to yours. They'll brighten the place up a bit,' Constance said. 'Nothing will ever make any place bright to me now,' Mrs Vaughan said, for she had started a theory, founded on fiction, that she was lamenting her husband grievously, and she would not allow this fiction to be ignored, much less gainsaid. 'Oh yes, flowers will,' Constance said brightly, and Mrs Vaughan shook her head, and murmured,-- 'Not after such a loss as mine!' In truth, it was a sorry change, this, from Strathlands and plenteousness to the little house in the village street, and an income that would only suffice to keep the little house up in a modest way. Unfortunately, too, her sufferings were aggravated by the fact of Strathlands being visible from all her front windows, and further, by her house lying in the direct road that led from the railway station to Strathlands. For big packing cases, containing new furniture for Strathlands--furniture that had been selected, ordered, and sent down by that unknown but already well-hated intruder, whom Reginald was going to marry--were constantly passing Mrs Vaughan's windows. And though the sight made her blood boil, and congeal, and run cold, and do a variety of other extraordinary things, she averred still she had not the moral courage to either keep away from the window or pull the blinds down, and shut the hateful spectacle out. In her anger agains...
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