David Alden's Daughter; And Other Stories of Colonial Times

9780217814935: David Alden's Daughter; And Other Stories of Colonial Times

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE WIFE OF JOHN CARVER L "A Faie wind and a strong! Shame it were that it should be wasted as those before have been! Sit you here, Dame Kate, while I go up to the change-house and speak again to Master Jones, who of a truth is treating us but scurvily in thus delaying. You do not fear to tarry here a short half hour, with Roger Wilder for guard and Elizabeth Tillie for company, -- eh, Kate?" "Surely not, John. Go your ways, and we will spend the time in walking up and down the pier. This same fair wind blows somewhat shrewdly for sitting still." "Nay, if it is cold to thee, sweetheart," replied the husband, a grave man already in middle life, and dressed in the sombre garb of the Separatists, turning back and looking somewhat anxiously into the face of his wife, a young and lovely woman, whose blonde beauty proclaimed her English birth, as her somewhat sad-colored and demure garments did her adhesion to the strait sect of which her husband was a prominent member. And yet, had Dame Katherine Carver allowed herself the aid of all the coquettish appliances distinguishing the toilet of the gayest beauty among the cavaliers, she could hardly have selected head-gear so becoming as the hood of dark purple velvet shaped around her face in the fashion first introduced by Mary the unhappy Queen of Scots, and followed at intervals by the whole female world for almost three hundred years. Against the background of this hood the pale, pure face, with its delicate features, faint coloring, and sweet, calm expression, showed in almost angelic loveliness; while the glimpse of a throat whiter than ivory vouchsafed by the handkerchief modestly crossed upon the bosom, and the delicate hand, foot, and ankle displayed at intervals by the "shrewd wind" of which the lady complained,...

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