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Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 16. Down The River Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 16. Down The River

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 16. Down The River
CHAPTER XVI. DOWN THE RIVERTHERE was a great stirring about and opening and shutting of kitchen doors early the next morning but one. Betty had been anxious the day before to set forth on what she was pleased to call a long cruise in the Starlight, but Mr. Leicester said that he must give up the morning to his letters, and after that came a long business talk with Aunt Barbara in the library she sat before her capacious secretary and produced some neat packages of papers from a little red morocco trunk which Betty had never seen before. To... Long Stories - Post by : trippin73 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2102

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 15. The Starlight Comes In Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 15. The Starlight Comes In

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 15. The Starlight Comes In
CHAPTER XV. THE STARLIGHT COMES INTHERE was a most joyful evening in the old Leicester house. Everybody forgot to speak about Betty's going to bed, and even Aunt Mary was in high spirits. It was wonderful how much good a little excitement did for her, and Betty had learned that an effort to be entertaining always brought the pleasant reward of saving Aunt Mary from a miserable, tedious morning or afternoon. When she waked next morning, her first thought was about papa, and her next that Aunt Mary was likely to have a headache after sitting up so late. Betty herself... Long Stories - Post by : trippin73 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 657

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 14. The Out-Of-Door Club Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 14. The Out-Of-Door Club

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 14. The Out-Of-Door Club
CHAPTER XIV. THE OUT-OF-DOOR CLUBTHE Out-of-Door Club in Tideshead was slow in getting under way, but it was a great success at last. Its first expedition was to the Picknell farm, to see the place where there had been a great battle with the French and Indians, in old times, and the relics of a beaver-dam were to be inspected besides. Mr. Picknell came to talk about the plan with Miss Barbara Leicester, who was going to drive out to the farm in the afternoon, and then walk back with the club, as besought by Betty. She was highly pleased with... Long Stories - Post by : trippin73 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 3009

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 13. A Great Excitement Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 13. A Great Excitement

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 13. A Great Excitement
CHAPTER XIII. A GREAT EXCITEMENTTHAT afternoon Betty's lively young voice grew droning and dull after a while, as she read the life of Dr. Donne, and at last she stopped altogether. "Aunt Mary, I can't help thinking about the Fosters' father. Do you suppose he will come home and frighten them some night?" "No, he would hardly dare to come where they are sure to be looking for him," said Aunt Mary. "Dear me, the thought makes me so nervous." "When I have read to the end of this page I will just run down to see Nelly a few minutes,... Long Stories - Post by : trippin73 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2686

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 12. Betty At Home Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 12. Betty At Home

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 12. Betty At Home
CHAPTER XII. BETTY AT HOMEEVERYBODY was as kind as possible when Betty Leicester first came to Tideshead, and best company manners prevailed toward her; but as the girls got used to having a new friend and playmate, some of them proved disappointing. Nothing could shake her deep affection for honest-hearted Mary Beck, but in some directions Mary had made up her inexperienced and narrow mind, and would listen to none of Betty's kindly persuasions. The Fosters' father had done some very dishonest deeds, and had run away from justice after defrauding some of the most trustful of his neighbors. Mary Beck's... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 1636

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 11. The Two Friends Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 11. The Two Friends

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 11. The Two Friends
CHAPTER XI. THE TWO FRIENDSTHE Leicester household had been so long drifting into a staid and ceremonious fashion of life that this visit of Betty's threatened at times to be disturbing. If Aunt Barbara's heart had not been kept young, under all her austere look and manners, Betty might have felt constrained more than once, but there always was an excuse to give Aunt Mary, who sometimes complained of too much chattering on the front door steps, or too much scurrying up and down stairs from Betty's room. It was impossible to count the number of times that important secrets had... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 3452

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 10. Up-Country Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 10. Up-Country

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 10. Up-Country
CHAPTER X. UP-COUNTRYAUNT BARBARA and Betty had finished their breakfast in the cool breakfast-room, or little dining-room as it was sometimes called by the family. This looked out on the short elm-shaded grass of the side yard, but it was apt to get too warm later in the day. The dining-room was much larger, and had most of the family portraits in it and a ponderous sideboard and side tables, and Betty sometimes thought that a good deal of machinery had to be set running there to give a quiet dinner or supper just to Aunt Barbara and herself. But the... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 924

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 6. The Garden Tea Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 6. The Garden Tea

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 6. The Garden Tea
CHAPTER VI. THE GARDEN TEATHERE was a gnarled old pear-tree of great age and size that grew near Betty Leicester's east window. By leaning out a little she could touch the nearest bough. Aunt Barbara and Aunt Mary said that it was a most beautiful thing to see it in bloom in the spring; and the family cats were fond of climbing up and leaping across to the window-sill, while there were usually some birds perching in it when the coast was clear of pussies. One day Betty was looking over from Mary Beck's and saw that the east window and... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2733

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 5. At Becky's House Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 5. At Becky's House

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 5. At Becky's House
CHAPTER V. AT BECKY'S HOUSEWHEN the happy Becky flew in to free herself from her Sunday clothes she did not meet either member of her family, but on her return from the walk she found her mother grimly getting the supper ready. "Oh, I have had such a lovely time," cried Becky, brimful of the pleasure of Betty's return. "She is just the same as she used to be, exactly; only grown like everything. And I saw Miss Barbara Leicester, and she was lovely and asked me to stay to tea, and Betty did too, but I didn't know whether you... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2994

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 4. Tideshead Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 4. Tideshead

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 4. Tideshead
CHAPTER IV. TIDESHEADHOWEVER old and responsible Betty Leicester felt overnight, she seemed to return to early childhood in spite of herself next day. She must see the old house again and chatter with Aunt Barbara about the things and people she remembered best. She looked all about the garden, and spent an hour in the kitchen talking to Serena and Letty while they worked there, and then she went out to see Jonathan and a new acquaintance called Seth Pond, an awkward young man, who took occasion to tell Betty that he had come from way up-country where there was plenty... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 3198

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 3. A Bit Of Color Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 3. A Bit Of Color

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 3. A Bit Of Color
CHAPTER III. A BIT OF COLORBETTY had seen strange countries since her last visit to Tideshead. Then she was only a child, but now she was so tall that strangers treated her as if she were already a young lady. At fifteen one does not always know just where to find one's self. A year before it was hard to leave childish things alone, but there soon came a time when they seemed to have left Betty, while one by one the graver interests of life were pushing themselves forward. It was reasonable enough that she should be taking care of... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 3180

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 2. The Packet Boat Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 2. The Packet Boat

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 2. The Packet Boat
CHAPTER II. THE PACKET BOATTHE day was one of the best days in June, with warm sunshine and a cool breeze from the east, for when Betty Leicester stepped from a hot car to the station platform in Riverport the air had a delicious sea-flavor. She wondered for a moment what this flavor was like, and then thought of a salt oyster. She was hungry and tired, the journey had been longer than she expected, and, as she made her way slowly through the crowded station and was pushed about by people who were hurrying out of or into the train,... Long Stories - Post by : randomcreek - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 1113

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 1. As Far As Riverport Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 1. As Far As Riverport

Betty Leicester: A Story For Girls - Chapter 1. As Far As Riverport
CHAPTER I. AS FAR AS RIVERPORTTWO persons sat at a small breakfast-table near an open window, high up in Young's Hotel in Boston. It was a pleasant June morning, just after eight o'clock, and they could see the white clouds blowing over; but the gray walls of the Court House were just opposite, so that one cannot say much of their view of the world. The room was pleasanter than most hotel rooms, and the persons at breakfast were a girl of fifteen, named Betty Leicester, and her father. Their friends thought them both good-looking, but it ought to be revealed... Long Stories - Post by : jmsconsult - Date : May 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2807

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 21. The Backward View The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 21. The Backward View

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 21. The Backward View
AT LAST IT WAS the time of late summer, when the house was cool and damp in the morning, and all the light seemed to come through green leaves; but at the first step out of doors the sunshine always laid a warm hand on my shoulder, and the clear, high sky seemed to lift quickly as I looked at it. There was no autumnal mist on the coast, nor any August fog; instead of these, the sea, the sky, all the long shore line and the inland hills, with every bush of bay and every fir-top, gained a deeper color... Long Stories - Post by : MarkJoyner - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 1088

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 20. Along Shore The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 20. Along Shore

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 20. Along Shore
ONE DAY as I went along the shore beyond the old wharves and the newer, high-stepped fabric of the steamer landing, I saw that all the boats were beached, and the slack water period of the early afternoon prevailed. Nothing was going on, not even the most leisurely of occupations, like baiting trawls or mending nets, or repairing lobster pots; the very boats seemed to be taking an afternoon nap in the sun. I could hardly discover a distant sail as I looked seaward, except a weather-beaten lobster smack, which seemed to have been taken for a plaything by the light... Long Stories - Post by : dvfowler - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 1024

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 19. The Feast's End The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 19. The Feast's End

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 19. The Feast's End
THE FEAST was a noble feast, as has already been said. There was an elegant ingenuity displayed in the form of pies which delighted my heart. Once acknowledge that an American pie is far to be preferred to its humble ancestor, the English tart, and it is joyful to be reassured at a Bowden reunion that invention has not yet failed. Beside a delightful variety of material, the decorations went beyond all my former experience; dates and names were wrought in lines of pastry and frosting on the tops. There was even more elaborate reading matter on an excellent early-apple pie... Long Stories - Post by : Carmelo - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2345

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 18. The Bowden Reunion The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 18. The Bowden Reunion

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 18. The Bowden Reunion
IT IS VERY RARE in country life high days and holidays are few, that any occasion of general interest proves to be less than great. Such is the hidden fire of enthusiasm in the New England nature that, once given an outlet, it shines forth with almost volcanic light and heat. In quiet neighborhoods such inward force does not waste itself upon those petty excitements of every day that belong to cities, but when, at long intervals, the altars to patriotism, to friendship, to the ties of kindred, are reared in our familiar fields, then the fires glow, the flames... Long Stories - Post by : Brerrabbit - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2349

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 17. A Country Road The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 17. A Country Road

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 17. A Country Road
WHATEVER DOUBTS and anxieties I may have had about the inconvenience of the Begg's high wagon for a person of Mrs. Blackett's age and shortness, they were happily overcome by the aid of a chair and her own valiant spirit. Mrs. Todd bestowed great care upon seating us as if we were taking passage by boat, but she finally pronounced that we were properly trimmed. When we had gone only a little way up the hill she remembered that she had left the house door wide open, though the large key was safe in her pocket. I offered to run back,... Long Stories - Post by : yorkshirelad - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 1488

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 16. The Great Expedition The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 16. The Great Expedition

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 16. The Great Expedition
MRS. TODD never by any chance gave warning over night of her great projects and adventures by sea and land. She first came to an understanding with the primal forces of nature, and never trusted to any preliminary promise of good weather, but examined the day for herself in its infancy. Then, if the stars were propitious, and the wind blew from a quarter of good inheritance whence no surprises of sea-turns or southwest sultriness might be feared, long before I was fairly awake I used to hear a rustle and knocking like a great mouse in the walls, and an... Long Stories - Post by : sjohari - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 1437

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 15. On Shell-heap Island The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 15. On Shell-heap Island

The Country Of The Pointed Firs - Chapter 15. On Shell-heap Island
SOME TIME AFTER Mrs. Fosdick's visit was over and we had returned to our former quietness, I was out sailing alone with Captain Bowden in his large boat. We were taking the crooked northeasterly channel seaward, and were well out from shore while it was still early in the afternoon. I found myself presently among some unfamiliar islands, and suddenly remembered the story of poor Joanna. There is something in the fact of a hermitage that cannot fail to touch the imagination; the recluses are a sad kindred, but they are never commonplace. Mrs. Todd had truly said that Joanna was... Long Stories - Post by : JohnDi - Date : April 2012 - Author : Sarah Orne Jewett - Read : 2469