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Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 7. Through The Mist Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 7. Through The Mist

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 7. Through The Mist
CHAPTER VII. THROUGH THE MISTTHE year that followed was the saddest Christie had ever known, for she suffered a sort of poverty which is more difficult to bear than actual want, since money cannot lighten it, and the rarest charity alone can minister to it. Her heart was empty and she could not fill it; her soul was hungry and she could not feed it; life was cold and dark and she could not warm and brighten it, for she knew not where to go.She tried to help herself by all the means in her power, and when effort after effort... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2386

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 6. Seamstress Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 6. Seamstress

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 6. Seamstress
CHAPTER VI. SEAMSTRESSFOR some weeks Christie rested and refreshed herself by making her room gay and comfortable with the gifts lavished on her by the Carrols, and by sharing with others the money which Harry had smuggled into her possession after she had steadily refused to take one penny more than the sum agreed upon when she first went to them.She took infinite satisfaction in sending one hundred dollars to Uncle Enos, for she had accepted what he gave her as a loan, and set her heart on repaying every fraction of it. Another hundred she gave to Hepsey, who found... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1686

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 5. Companion Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 5. Companion

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 5. Companion
CHAPTER V. COMPANIONBEFORE she had time to find a new situation, Christie received a note from Miss Tudor, saying that hearing she had left Mrs. Saltonstall she wanted to offer her the place of companion to an invalid girl the duties were light and the compensation large."How kind of her to think of me," said Christie, gratefully. "I'll go at once and do my best to secure it, for it must be a good thing or she wouldn't recommend it."Away went Christie to the address sent by Miss Tudor, and as she waited at the door she thought:"What a happy... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2397

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 4. Governess Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 4. Governess

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 4. Governess
CHAPTER IV. GOVERNESSMR. PHILIP FLETCHER.DURING the next few weeks Christie learned the worth of many things which she had valued very lightly until then. Health became a boon too precious to be trifled with; life assumed a deeper significance when death's shadow fell upon its light, and she discovered that dependence might be made endurable by the sympathy of unsuspected friends.Lucy waited upon her with a remorseful devotion which touched her very much and won entire forgiveness for the past, long before it was repentantly implored. All her comrades came with offers of help and affectionate regrets. Several whom she had... Long Stories - Post by : cclittle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3145

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 3. Actress Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 3. Actress

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 3. Actress
CHAPTER III. ACTRESSFEELING that she had all the world before her where to choose, and that her next step ought to take her up at least one round higher on the ladder she was climbing, Christie decided not to try going out to service again. She knew very well that she would never live with Irish mates, and could not expect to find another Hepsey. So she tried to get a place as companion to an invalid, but failed to secure the only situation of the sort that was offered her, because she mildly objected to waiting on a nervous cripple... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 603

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 2. Servant Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 2. Servant

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 2. Servant
CHAPTER II. SERVANTA FORTNIGHT later, and Christie was off. Mrs. Flint had briefly answered that she had a room, and that work was always to be found in the city. So the girl packed her one trunk, folding away splendid hopes among her plain gowns, and filling every corner with happy fancies, utterly impossible plans, and tender little dreams, so lovely at the time, so pathetic to remember, when contact with the hard realities of life has collapsed our bright bubbles, and the frost of disappointment nipped all our morning glories in their prime. The old red stage stopped at Enos... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2479

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 1. Christie Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 1. Christie

Work: A Story Of Experience - Chapter 1. Christie
CHAPTER I. CHRISTIECHRISTIE."AUNT BETSEY, there's going to be a new Declaration of Independence.""Bless and save us, what do you mean, child?" And the startled old lady precipitated a pie into the oven with destructive haste."I mean that, being of age, I'm going to take care of myself, and not be a burden any longer. Uncle wishes me out of the way; thinks I ought to go, and, sooner or later, will tell me so. I don't intend to wait for that, but, like the people in fairy tales, travel away into the world and seek my fortune. I know I can... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3159

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 6. A Postscript Hospital Sketches - Chapter 6. A Postscript

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 6. A Postscript
CHAPTER VI. A POSTSCRIPTMy Dear S.: -- As inquiries like your own have come to me from various friendly readers of the Sketches, I will answer them en masse and in printed form, as a sort of postscript to what has gone before. One of these questions was, "Are there no services by hospital death-beds, or on Sundays?"In most Hospitals I hope there are; in ours, the men died, and were carried away, with as little ceremony as on a battle-field. The first event of this kind which I witnessed was so very brief, and bare of anything like reverence, sorrow,... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 871

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 5. Off Duty Hospital Sketches - Chapter 5. Off Duty

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 5. Off Duty
CHAPTER V. OFF DUTY"My dear girl, we shall have you sick in your bed, unless you keep yourself warm and quiet for a few days. Widow Wadman can take care of the ward alone, now the men are so comfortable, and have her vacation when you are about again. Now do be prudent in time, and don't let me have to add a Periwinkle to my bouquet of patients."This advice was delivered, in a paternal manner, by the youngest surgeon in the hospital, a kind-hearted little gentleman, who seemed to consider me a frail young blossom, that needed much cherishing, instead... Long Stories - Post by : Joe_Coon - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1965

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 4. A Night Hospital Sketches - Chapter 4. A Night

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 4. A Night
CHAPTER IV. A NIGHTBeing fond of the night side of nature, I was soon promoted to the post of night nurse, with every facility for indulging in my favorite pastime of "owling." My colleague, a black-eyed widow, relieved me at dawn, we two taking care of the ward, between us, like the immortal Sairy and Betsey, "turn and turn about." I usually found my boys in the jolliest state of mind their condition allowed; for it was a known fact that Nurse Periwinkle objected to blue devils, and entertained a belief that he who laughed most was surest of recovery. At... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 773

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 3. A Day Hospital Sketches - Chapter 3. A Day

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 3. A Day
CHAPTER III. A DAY"They've come! they've come! hurry up, ladies--you're wanted.""Who have come? the rebels?"This sudden summons in the gray dawn was somewhat startling to a three days' nurse like myself, and, as the thundering knock came at our door, I sprang up in my bed, prepared"To gird my woman's form, And on the ramparts die,"if necessary; but my room-mate took it more coolly, and, as she began a rapid toilet, answered my bewildered question,--"Bless you, no child; it's the wounded from Fredericksburg; forty ambulances are at the door, and we shall have our hands full in fifteen minutes.""What shall we... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 961

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 2. A Forward Movement Hospital Sketches - Chapter 2. A Forward Movement

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 2. A Forward Movement
CHAPTER II. A FORWARD MOVEMENTAs travellers like to give their own impressions of a journey, though every inch of the way may have been described a half a dozen times before, I add some of the notes made by the way, hoping that they will amuse the reader, and convince the skeptical that such a being as Nurse Periwinkle does exist, that she really did go to Washington, and that these Sketches are not romance.New York Train--Seven P.M.--Spinning along to take the boat at New London. Very comfortable; much gingerbread, and Mrs. C.'s fine pear, which deserves honorable mention, because my... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1099

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 1. Obtaining Supplies Hospital Sketches - Chapter 1. Obtaining Supplies

Hospital Sketches - Chapter 1. Obtaining Supplies
CHAPTER I. OBTAINING SUPPLIES"I want something to do."This remark being addressed to the world in general, no one in particular felt it their duty to reply; so I repeated it to the smaller world about me, received the following suggestions, and settled the matter by answering my own inquiry, as people are apt to do when very much in earnest."Write a book," quoth the author of my being."Don't know enough, sir. First live, then write.""Try teaching again," suggested my mother."No thank you, ma'am, ten years of that is enough.""Take a husband like my Darby, and fulfill your mission," said sister Joan,... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2794

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 8. Jasper The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 8. Jasper

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 8. Jasper
Chapter VIII. JASPERShe led them to the north gallery and, pausing at the door, said merrily, "The ghost--or ghosts rather, for there were two--which frightened Patty were Sir Jasper and myself, meeting to discuss certain important matters which concerned Mr. Treherne. If you want to see spirits we will play phantom for you, and convince you of our power.""Good, let us go and have a ghostly dance, as a proper finale of our revel," answered Rose as they flocked into the long hall.At that moment the great clock struck twelve, and all paused to bid the old year adieu. Sir Jasper... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 802

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 7. A Ghostly Revel The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 7. A Ghostly Revel

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 7. A Ghostly Revel
Chapter VII. A GHOSTLY REVEL"Bless me, how dull we are tonight!" exclaimed Rose, as the younger portion of the party wandered listlessly about the drawing rooms that evening, while my lady and the major played an absorbing game of piquet, and the general dozed peacefully at last."It is because Maurice is not here; he always keeps us going, for he is a fellow of infinite resources," replied Sir Jasper, suppressing a yawn."Have him out then," said Annon."He won't come. The poor lad is blue tonight, in spite of his improvement. Something is amiss, and there is no getting a word from... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1369

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 6. Miracles The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 6. Miracles

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 6. Miracles
Chapter VI. MiraclesGreat was the confusion and alarm which reigned for many minutes, but when the panic subsided two miracles appeared. Octavia was entirely uninjured, and Treherne was standing on his feet, a thing which for months he had not done without crutches. In the excitement of the moment, no one observed the wonder; all were crowding about the girl, who, pale and breathless but now self-possessed, was the first to exclaim, pointing to her cousin, who had drawn himself up, with the help of his chair, and leaned there smiling, with a face full of intense delight."Look at Maurice! Oh,... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1079

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 5. Under The Mistletoe The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 5. Under The Mistletoe

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 5. Under The Mistletoe
Chapter V. UNDER THE MISTLETOEUnusually gay and charming the three young friends looked, dressed alike in fleecy white with holly wreaths in their hair, as they slowly descended the wide oaken stairway arm in arm. A footman was lighting the hall lamps, for the winter dusk gathered early, and the girls were merrily chatting about the evening's festivity when suddenly a loud, long shriek echoed through the hall. A heavy glass shade fell from the man's hand with a crash, and the young ladies clung to one another aghast, for mortal terror was in the cry, and a dead silence followed... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3069

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 4. Feeding The Peacocks The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 4. Feeding The Peacocks

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 4. Feeding The Peacocks
Chapter IV. FEEDING THE PEACOCKSIt was indeed a charming sight, the twelve stately birds perched on the broad stone balustrade, or prancing slowly along the terrace, with the sun gleaming on their green and golden necks and the glories of their gorgeous plumes, widespread, or sweeping like rich trains behind them. In pretty contrast to the splendid creatures was their young mistress, in her simple morning dress and fur-trimmed hood and mantle, as she stood feeding the tame pets from her hand, calling their fanciful names, laughing at their pranks, and heartily enjoying the winter sunshine, the fresh wind, and the... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1719

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 3. Who Was It? The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 3. Who Was It?

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 3. Who Was It?
Chapter III. WHO WAS IT?Who had taken it? This question tormented Treherne all that sleepless night. He suspected three persons, for only these had approached the fire after the note was hidden. He had kept his eye on it, he thought, till the stir of breaking up. In that moment it must have been removed by the major, Frank Annon, or my lady; Sir Jasper was out of the question, for he never touched an ornament in the drawing room since he had awkwardly demolished a whole _etagere of costly trifles, to his mother's and sister's great grief. The major evidently... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2790

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 2. Byplay The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 2. Byplay

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - Chapter 2. Byplay
Chapter II. BYPLAYA right splendid old dowager was Lady Treherne, in her black velvet and point lace, as she sat erect and stately on a couch by the drawing-room fire, a couch which no one dare occupy in her absence, or share uninvited. The gentlemen were still over their wine, and the three ladies were alone. My lady never dozed in public, Mrs. Snowdon never gossiped, and Octavia never troubled herself to entertain any guests but those of her own age, so long pauses fell, and conversation languished, till Mrs. Snowdon roamed away into the library. As she disappeared, Lady Treherne... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 943