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The Winthrops

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Pages: 236

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: J. R. Beckwith

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. The vacation drew rapidly to its close, and the last night of home liberty had arrived. A little touched with regret at the more than half neglect with which he had treated Frankie, Tarn determined to make his peace with his own conscience, by one last, uninterrupted visit with her before his departure, which project his friend fully approved, and went early to bed with Don Quixote for a companion, while Tam sat in the window of his sister's room, holding her beside him with one arm, as in the days when they thus used to eat their tarts together. Her self restraint gave way under the rush of tender recollections called up by the familiar caress, and leaning her head upon his shoulder she sobbed, Oh Tarn, Tam, it seems to me I shall die if you go away for another long year! " Oh, if you only knew how hard it is here!" " What Frankie! don't they treat you well ? Who is bad to you ? " " Oh I don't know as any one: but they don't love me, and never did, and I'm only worth what they can get out of me, and it's ' Frank do this,' and 'Frank do that,' till I hate the very name of Frank ! yes, and everything else — except you ! and every time one of us girls wants anything, it is —' aint you ashamed to be so cost-fid? from mother, and ' ruinous extravagance,' from father, till we wish we were Hottentots and done with it. Then there's Maria, always scolding and crying and threatening to ' accept the first offer,' which doesn't come, and wont in a hurry ! Tam, I haven't had a now rag to my back in six months, nor any of the girls' old things made over, either, as they have to wear them themselves till they ain't worth it." Why Frankie! I didn't know father is so " — " Stingy — don't mince it, Tarn, for that's what it is! I know you didn't, for you are a boy, yo...  

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