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1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII JANE Whilst Mary Ann in her new
place was learning, not without much innocent surprise, that one
can have much money and little happiness; that one can own a fine
house and yet hide an aching heart; that the worries of poverty may
be as featherweights compared with the burden of riches; to agree
in short with Ellen Thorpe's oracular dictum, "that wealth does not
make an easy pillow,"--in spite of the fact that the best pillows
at Belmont were stuffed with the finest down procurable, --Jane,
her sister, was slowly but surely descending, sometimes painlessly,
sometimes with agonies, the narrow way, whose end is by men called
Death. On Mary Ann's first leaving home, Jane had rallied for a
time, so much so indeed that her mother began to cherish the
delusive thought of her recovery; and Jane herself talked hopefully
of "being well and about again come Summer." The respite was
shortlived. Whilst it lasted, she had helped cheerfully with their
little household tasks; but even the lightest became at last too
heavy for her wearying hands. She had always been reserved; "If
thoughts could speak, mother, I should often speak to you."
Thoughts with poor Jane had ever been more eloquent than words; and
now, as Death crept to her side and bided there, she seemed to wrap
herself about in silence. She was austere too; and the first Sunday
Mary Ann came over from the Tophams', Jane spied a bright ribbon
she wore and chid her severely for yielding to this world's
vanities; and of them, in Jane's limited experience, a simple
ribbon might flaunt a telling part. Mrs. Topham had given this
particular ribbon to Mary Ann; and Mary Ann liked pretty things,
ribbons especially, when she could get them, or rings out of a
prize-packet; but she heard Jane (for which she wa...
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