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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.1898 Excerpt: ... xvin Jean stood before her half-packed trunk, trying to make a broad-brimmed shade hat and a dainty best one, trimmed with lace and pink roses, go successfully into the same bonnet-box. She might have the joy crushed out of her because her sister had gone to Europe, but this was no reason why her best hat should share the same fate. The hat and its wearer were going to the seashore to spend a fortnight with Susie Hobbs. Jean had come to that point where she felt she must have a change; and as her grandfather was to be in the mountains with friends for a part of his vacation, she could leave home with an easy mind. She had determined not to give a thought to any of her problems while she was gone. As long as she stayed in Edgecomb she could not get away from the sense of responsibility about Alan and Elsie, and now that she no longer had the antidote of Helen's cheerful presence it was doubly hard. Elsie was losing strength, and growing more exacting and complaining. Jean thought it possible that her advice to Alan had borne fruit, for he was less impatient with his wife, and spent more of his leisure time with her. Mrs. Thorndyke did not fail to spread a report of his devotion through the town. "It is really wonderful to see the way in which a grave, busy man like my son-in-law gives himself over to waiting on his delicate wife," she remarked. "He always was wrapped up in her, but now she has n't a wish, a whim, that he does not gratify." Susie Hobbs's invitation had come at precisely the right juncture. There are times in one's life when the most stimulating intimate friendship is not so welcome as a steady surface regard joined to cheerfulness. Jean hoped to be beguiled into believing, while she was with Susie, that the world was a delightful spot, full o...
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