Ready Work for Willing Hands; Or, the Story of Comfort Allison

9780217979108: Ready Work for Willing Hands; Or, the Story of Comfort Allison

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. 1856. Excerpt: ... translation, which formed part of her German lesson, "do you know that Jane is going away?" "Jane going away! When?--and for what? I thought she was perfectly satisfied here." "So she is, but her mother is very much out of health, and she wants to go home and stay till she is better. She thinks she will not be away more than five or six weeks." "It seems hardly worth while to get a new girl for that time, if Jane really means to come back," said Comfort; "I think we can manage without; and I like her so much better than any one else." "So do L The question is, whether we can do the work ourselves: and here is another thing; Mrs. Blinn has been here, and she wants us to take Eliza. What do you think of that?" "I am afraid you would find her very troublesome, mother, especially as she is so near home." "I should expect a good deal of trouble with her, of course, brought up as she has been; but, then, is not the good of the child to be considered? If I do not take her I don't know who will, and she is going to utter ruin. It is something that her mother wants to get a place for her; and it is barely possible that, by sufficient pains and watchfulness, Eliza may be trained into respectability and usefulness. The question is, whether you think the experiment worth trying, and whether you are willing to take your share of the work." "I am willing to do my part, certainly," said Comfort. "Eliza is not wanting in intellect; but she cannot tell the truth,--well, I suppose she could if she tried,--but she never does try. It certainly seems a pity that no one should make an effort to save her. I do not suppose she knows how to do any thing." "Yes, she can wash and iron pretty neatly, and I suppose she can make fires and bring up coal and wood. I presume she would so...

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