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Marcia tells her friend Janet that the nearby house that always looks shuttered, dark and vacant is not so. There are people living in there. They learn that a young girl their age, Cicely Marlowe, lives there with an older woman who wears a veil over her face, Miss Benedict. They find out that Cicely does not know why, when her mother dies, she was sent to live with Mrs. Benedict. She was never told. Mrs. Benedict insists the girl stay in most all the time and never allows her to look out the windows or talk to girls her age. Marcia and Janet want to unravel this mystery.
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Augusta Huiell Seaman (1879 – June 5, 1950) was an American author of children's literature. Augusta Huiell Seaman was born Augusta Curtiss Huiell in New York City, on April 3, 1879, the daughter of the bookkeeper John Valentine Huiell and his third wife, Anna Curtiss. Augusta's mother died in 1888. She graduated from Normal College (later renamed Hunter College) in New York City in 1900 and went on to teach elementary school. She married Robert Seaman in 1906. Following her marriage, she devoted her time to writing children's books.
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