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A Life's Secret
A Life's Secret
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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. " I THINK I HAVE BEEN A FOOL." The Shucks had got a supper party. On this same Saturday night, when the wind was blowing outside, and the rain was making the streets into pools, two or three friends had dropped into Sam Shuck's? idlers like Sam himself?and were hospitably invited to remain. Mrs. Shuck was beginning to fry the liver and bacon she had just brought in?you saw her purchasing it ?with the accompaniment of a good peck of onions, and Sam and his friends were staying their appetites with pipes and porter. When Mary Baxendale and her father entered?Mary having lingered a minute outside, until her emotion had passed, and her eyes were dry?they could scarcely find their way across the kitchen, what with theclouds from the pipes, and the smoke from the frying-pan. There was a great deal of laughter going on. Prosperity had not yet caused the Shucks to change their residence for a better one. Perhaps that was to come : but Sam's natural improvidence stood in the way of much change. " You are merry to-night," observed Mary, by way of being sociable. " It's merrier inside nor out, a-wading through the puddles and the sharp rain," replied Mrs. Shuck, without turning round from her employment. " It's some'at new to see you out such a night as this, Mary Baxendale ! Don't you talk about folks wanting sense again." " I don't know that I ever do talk of it," was the inoffensive reply of Mary, as she followed her father up the stairs. Mrs. Baxendale was hushing a baby when they entered their room. She looked very cross. The best-tempered will do so, under the long-continued embarrassment of empty purses and empty stomachs. " Who has been spreading it up and downthe place that we are in trouble about the rent I" she abruptly demanded, in no pleasant...


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780217431095
  • Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 3 mm
  • Width: 186 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0217431097
  • Publisher Date: 19 May 2012
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 48
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 104 gr



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