The patience of John Morland

9780217363341: The patience of John Morland

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1909 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI MRS. ADAMS'S BALL THE three years that Kitty spent at Miss English's school were marked by a rapid development from a lovely girl into a radiantly beautiful woman. Morland had seen Kitty occasionally through her first school year. Once or twice he had met her in Mrs. McCabe's parlour on the rare occasions when Kitty was permitted a visit home. She never appeared in the dining-room at such times, and many of the old habitues of McCabe's, who at first had missed the lively child, were beginning to forget her existence. Not so Morland. He had been really fond of her, and, if he had not cared so much for her, the episode of the elopement, when he had acted the part of Providence, would have made him feel that the threads of Kitty's fate and his own had, for that once at least, been so intertwined that he could never quite lose his interest in her. Occasionally also he saw her at St. John's. He was not a regular churchgoer, but Mrs. McCabe was the most faithful of attendants, and if she had not gone from a conscientious sense of duty would have been just as faithful from an insatiable desire to feast her eyes on her lovely child sitting in one of the great square pews near the chancel. There was always opportunity for a word with her while Miss English was waiting for the congregation to get out of the church before marshalling out her own little procession, and it was on the occasions when Morland accompanied Mrs. McCabe to church that he, too, had the satisfaction of at least as much as a bow and a smile. But for the two years following Morland was not in Washington. Affairs on his Tennessee plantation demanded his attention, and he resigned his seat in the Senate. It was only an interim of two years, for he was too valuable to the Jackson party, wh...

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MARY E. DILLON is Executive Director of the Biscayne Institute in Miami, FL.

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