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1879 Excerpt: ... and that with the ticking of the clock, were
almost the only sounds the girl heard, as she knitted on, by the
bedside of the old woman; she kept still her anxious watch for him
she loved, hoping against hope, that she might see his dear brown
face and stalwart shoulders coming up the road. She told herself
that he was dead, and yet she watched and listened, and prayed for
his return. Meantime her non-appearance at the market became
remarked by one and another, until there was quite a clamour
amongst the youths as to who should go and see after her, and many
were the kind hands, some interested, and some disinterested, which
were held out to assist her. Her bonny cheek paled from long
confinement to the house. She was such a bird of the air; her limbs
lost their roundness, and her eye its wonted light, but she kept on
unwearily, even when she knew it was in vain; for Nanny's days were
numbered, and she, like her poor old man, was going " where the
weary are at rest." It was one day when Angeline brought her
apronful of Alpine roses that one of her lovers had gathered for
her, and laid them on Nanny's bed, that the old woman took her
hand, and blessed her for the last time. She was quiet now and
resigned, but she left a message for her boy, who she felt sure
would return to his Angeline; and so with the message on her lips,
she fell asleep, still holding the girl's soft hand in hers. "If
only he were here," thought Angeline, as she looked towards the
mountains upon which the evening mists were beginning to gather,
but no he came not; and Angeline began to realize how utterly alone
she was in the great world. A long summer of loneliness followed.
The heat was great, and she was beginning to feel how dull was the
companionship of dumb anim...
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