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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...of her mantle. And then she mended her gloves, and basted neat new cuffs to them. Amy was as pleased as a child, with the idea of going to church in the morning. She was pleased with the whole programme--the neat, blue wagon; the spruce brown pony; her son for the driver; the fine drive through the woods to church; the arrival there and the meeting of friends; and the church services and the sermon; and the drive through the woods home, with a good appetite for dinner. All these delights Amy enjoyed over and over again in anticipation. And then she reflected, in a sort of ecstasy, it would not be this Sunday only, but every Sunday, she would enjoy this great pleasure. And then she asked herself to whom, under Divine Providence, would she owe these enjoyments? And the answer was--To Owen! To her young son! And that evening, when she finally bade him good-night, she added, with more fervency than usual: "God bless you, Owen! God bless you, my dear, dear child!" Few realities in this world of disappointments come up to expectations. But the reality of Amy's enjoyment the next day fully answered her anticipations. To begin with, the day itself was a glorious one--clear, bright, frosty and exhilarating! And the pony was fresh and the wagon was smart. And Owen was in the highest spirits, and Amy in her best looks. And above all, Nancy was in the most gracious humor, and readily promised, not only to take the best possible care of the two children during the mother's absence, but also to have the roast fowls done to a turn by the time she should get home. Gleeful as a girl, Amy took her seat in the wagon. And proud as any queen-mother, she saw her little son gather the reins in his hands and start the horse. The two little sisters, standing on...
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