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Ripple, The Water Sprite Ripple, The Water Sprite

Ripple, The Water Sprite
Down in the deep sea lived Ripple, a happy little water sprite. She lived in a palace of red coral, with gardens of sea-flowers all round it, the waves like a blue sky above it, and white sand full of jewels for its floor. Ripple and her mates had gay times playing with the sea-urchins, chasing flying-fish, rocking in the shells, and weaving many-colored sea-weed into delicate clothes to wear. But the pastime Ripple loved best was to rise to the light and air, and float on the waves that rocked her softly in the sunshine, while the gulls stooped to... Short Stories - Post by : wf2003 - Date : October 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3092

Lilybell And Thistledown, Or The Fairy Sleeping Beauty Lilybell And Thistledown, Or The Fairy Sleeping Beauty

Lilybell And Thistledown, Or The Fairy Sleeping Beauty
Once upon a time two little fairies went out into the world to seek their fortune. Thistledown wore a green suit, a purple cloak, a gay feather in his cap, and was as handsome an elf as one could wish to see. But he was not loved in Fairyland; for, like the flower whose name and colors he wore, many faults like sharp prickles were hidden under his fine clothes. He was idle, selfish, and cruel, and cared for nothing but his own pleasure and comfort, as we shall see. His little friend Lilybell was very different, for she was so... Short Stories - Post by : copius - Date : October 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 4151

The Frost King And How The Fairies Conquered Him The Frost King And How The Fairies Conquered Him

The Frost King And How The Fairies Conquered Him
The Queen sat upon her throne, and all the fairies from the four kingdoms were gathered for a grand council. A very important question was to be decided, and the bravest, wisest elves were met to see what could be done. The Frost King made war upon the flowers; and it was a great grief to Queen Blossom and her subjects to see their darlings die year after year, instead of enjoying one long summer, as they might have done but for him. She had sent messengers with splendid gifts, and had begged him to stop this dreadful war, which made... Short Stories - Post by : gem2015 - Date : October 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2314

To Papa To Papa

To Papa
In high Olympus' sacred shade A gift Minerva wrought For her beloved philosopher Immersed in deepest thought. A shield to guard his aged breast With its enchanted mesh When he his nectar and ambrosia took To strengthen and refresh. Long may he live to use the life The hidden goddess gave, To keep unspotted to the end The gentle, just, and brave.December, 1887.(The end)Louisa May Alcott's poem:... Poems - Post by : gurumakio - Date : September 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1007

A Little Grey Curl A Little Grey Curl

A Little Grey Curl
A little grey curl from my father's head I find unburned on the hearth, And give it a place in my diary here, With a feeling half sadness, half mirth. For the long white locks are our special pride, Though he smiles at his daughter's praise; But, oh, they have grown each year more thin, Till they are now but a silvery haze. That wise old head! (though it does grow bald With... Poems - Post by : ErosPT - Date : September 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2591

A. B. A. A. B. A.

A. B. A.
Lines Written by Louisa M. Alcott to Her Father Like Bunyan's pilgrim with his pack, Forth went the dreaming youth To seek, to find, and make his own Wisdom, virtue, and truth. Life was his book, and patiently He studied each hard page; By turns reformer, outcast, priest, Philosopher and sage. Christ was his Master, and he made His life a gospel sweet; Plato and Pythagoras in him... Poems - Post by : JMan1234 - Date : September 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2665

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 22. Short and Sweet Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 22. Short and Sweet

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 22. Short and Sweet
In the hall she found Steve and Kitty, for he had hidden his little sweetheart behind the big couch, feeling that she had a right there, having supported his spirits during the late anxiety with great constancy and courage. They seemed so cozy, billing and cooing in the shadow of the gay vase, that Rose would have slipped silently away if they had not seen and called to her. "He's not gone I guess you'll find him in the parlor," said Steve, divining with a lover's instinct the meaning of the quick look she had cast at the hat rack as... Long Stories - Post by : ortaz - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1977

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 21. How Phebe Earned Her Welcome Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 21. How Phebe Earned Her Welcome

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 21. How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
Dr. Alec had not arrived, but bad tidings had, as Rose guessed the instant her eyes fell upon Aunt Plenty, hobbling downstairs with her cap awry, her face pale, and a letter flapping wildly in her hand as she cried distractedly: "Oh, my boy! My boy! Sick, and I not there to nurse him! Malignant fever, so far away. What can those children do? Why did I let Alec go??Rose got her into the parlor, and while the poor old lady lamented, she read the letter which Phebe had sent to her that she might "break the news carefully to Rose.?DEAR... Long Stories - Post by : xstreamers - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3048

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 20. What Mac Did Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 20. What Mac Did

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 20. What Mac Did
Rose, meantime, was trying to find out what the sentiment was with which she regarded her cousin Mac. She could not seem to reconcile the character she had known so long with the new one lately shown her, and the idea of loving the droll, bookish, absentminded Mac of former times appeared quite impossible and absurd, but the new Mac, wide awake, full of talent, ardent and high-handed, was such a surprise to her, she felt as if her heart was being won by a stranger, and it became her to study him well before yielding to a charm which she... Long Stories - Post by : pauli - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2536

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 19. Behind the Fountain Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 19. Behind the Fountain

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 19. Behind the Fountain
Two days after Christmas a young man of serious aspect might have been seen entering one of the large churches at L . Being shown to a seat, he joined in the services with praiseworthy devotion, especially the music, to which he listened with such evident pleasure that a gentleman who sat nearby felt moved to address this appreciative stranger after church."Fine sermon today. Ever heard our minister before, sir?" he began, as they went down the aisle together among the last, for the young man had lingered as if admiring the ancient building."Very fine. No, sir, I have never had... Long Stories - Post by : mglaser - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 789

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 18. Which Was It? Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 18. Which Was It?

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 18. Which Was It?
Rose did read and digest, and found her days much richer for the good company she kept, for an introduction to so much that was wise, beautiful, and true could not but make that month a memorable one. It is not strange that while the young man most admired "Heroism" and "Self-Reliance," the girl preferred "Love" and "Friendship," reading them over and over like prose poems, as they are, to the fitting accompaniment of sunshine, solitude, and sympathy, for letters went to and fro with praiseworthy regularity.Rose much enjoyed this correspondence, and found herself regretting that it was at an end... Long Stories - Post by : majorian - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2803

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 17. Among the Haycocks Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 17. Among the Haycocks

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 17. Among the Haycocks
Uncle Alec did not object and, finding that no one had any claim upon the child, permitted Rose to keep it for a time at least. So little Dulce, newly equipped even to a name, took her place among them and slowly began to thrive. But she did not grow pretty and never was a gay, attractive child, for she seemed to have been born in sorrow and brought up in misery. A pale, pensive little creature, always creeping into corners and looking timidly out, as if asking leave to live, and, when offered playthings, taking them with a meek surprise... Long Stories - Post by : JayCapo1 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2076

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 16. Good Works Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 16. Good Works

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 16. Good Works
The Rajah was delayed awhile, and when it sailed poor Mrs. Clara was on board, for everything was ready. All thought she had better go to comfort her husband, and since her boy died she seemed to care very little what became of her. So, with friends to cheer the long voyage, she sailed away, a heavyhearted woman, yet not quite disconsolate, for she knew her mourning was excessively becoming and felt sure that Stephen would not find her altered by her trials as much as might have been expected.Then nothing was left of that gay household but the empty rooms,... Long Stories - Post by : hereger - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 924

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 15. Alas for Charlie! Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 15. Alas for Charlie!

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 15. Alas for Charlie!
In spite of much internal rebellion, Charlie held fast to his resolution, and Aunt Clara, finding all persuasions vain, gave in and in a state of chronic indignation against the world in general and Rose in particular, prepared to accompany him. The poor girl had a hard time of it and, but for her uncle, would have fared still worse. He was a sort of shield upon which Mrs. Clara's lamentations, reproaches, and irate glances fell unavailingly instead of wounding the heart against which they were aimed.The days passed very quickly now, for everyone seemed anxious to have the parting over... Long Stories - Post by : Paddy - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 3099

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 14. Aunt Clara's Plan Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 14. Aunt Clara's Plan

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 14. Aunt Clara's Plan
Being seriously alarmed by the fear of losing the desire of his heart, Charlie had gone resolutely to work and, like many another young reformer, he rather overdid the matter, for in trying to keep out of the way of temptation, he denied himself much innocent enjoyment. The "artistic fit" was a good excuse for the seclusion which he fancied would be a proper penance, and he sat listlessly plying crayon or paintbrush, with daily wild rides on black Brutus, which seemed to do him good, for danger of that sort was his delight.People were used to his whims and made... Long Stories - Post by : padin - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1174

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 13. Both Sides Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 13. Both Sides

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 13. Both Sides
Steve's engagement made a great stir in the family a pleasant one this time, for nobody objected, everything seemed felicitous, and the course of true love ran very smoothly for the young couple, who promised to remove the only obstacle to their union by growing old and wise as soon as possible. If he had not been so genuinely happy, the little lover's airs would have been unbearable, for he patronized all mankind in general, his brother and elder cousins in particular."Now, that is the way to manage matters," he declared, standing before the fire in Aunt Clara's billiard room a... Long Stories - Post by : fantasma - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2116

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 12. At Kitty's Ball Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 12. At Kitty's Ball

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 12. At Kitty's Ball
Rose had no new gown to wear on this festive occasion, and gave one little sigh of regret as she put on the pale blue silk refreshed with clouds of gaze de Chambrery. But a smile followed, very bright and sweet, as she added the clusters of forget-me-not which Charlie had conjured up through the agency of an old German florist, for one part of her plan had been carried out, and Prince was invited to be her escort, much to his delight, though he wisely made no protestations of any sort and showed his gratitude by being a model gentleman.... Long Stories - Post by : vinzbiz - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1657

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 11. Small Temptations Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 11. Small Temptations

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 11. Small Temptations
"Oh, Rose, I've got something so exciting to tell you!" cried Kitty Van Tassel, skipping into the carriage next morning when her friend called for her to go shopping.Kitty always did have some "perfectly thrilling" communication to make and Rose had learned to take them quietly, but the next demonstration was a new one, for, regardless alike of curious observers outside and disordered hats within, Kitty caught Rose around the neck, exclaiming in a rapturous whisper: "My dearest creature, I'm engaged!?"I'm so glad! Of course it is Steve??"Dear fellow, he did it last night in the nicest way, and Mama is... Long Stories - Post by : Hugo_San - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 2776

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 10. The Sad and Sober Part Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 10. The Sad and Sober Part

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 10. The Sad and Sober Part
"How will he look? What will he say? Can anything make us forget and be happy again?" were the first questions Rose asked herself as soon as she woke from the brief sleep which followed a long, sad vigil. It seemed as if the whole world must be changed because a trouble darkened it for her. She was too young yet to know how possible it is to forgive much greater sins than this, forget far heavier disappointments, outlive higher hopes, and bury loves compared to which hers was but a girlish fancy. She wished it had not been so bright... Long Stories - Post by : jlee4998 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1496

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 9. New Year's Calls Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 9. New Year's Calls

Rose In Bloom - A Sequel To "eight Cousins" - Chapter 9. New Year's Calls
"Now I'm going to turn over a new leaf, as I promised. I wonder what I shall find on the next page?" said Rose, coming down on New Year's morning with a serious face and a thick letter in her hand."Tired of frivolity, my dear?" asked her uncle, pausing in his walk up and down the hall to glance at her with a quick, bright look she liked to bring into his eyes."No, sir, and that's the sad part of it, but I've made up my mind to stop while I can because I'm sure it is not good for me.... Long Stories - Post by : Betty_Cleveland - Date : February 2011 - Author : Louisa May Alcott - Read : 1651