A Bit of Old Lace: Scenes Laid in and About Edinburgh, Scotland (Classic Reprint)


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I sat there before the crackling embers in a remiu iscent mood and soon dozed off in slumber. Suddenly I was aroused by hearing a light footstep enter the room. I turned and saw a woman commg toward me, and could hardly believe that I was not dreaming. Her appearance was most startling, her dress, although worn, hung gracefully around her beautiful figure, her luxuriant hair fell down her shoulders, and her eyes were large and sorrowful, indeed she looked the pic ture of distress. She sat down in ai chair nearby and said, 'sir, pardon me for intruding, but when I heard your voice I grew bold enough to come down stairs and ask your assistance. Lare you going to Edinboro?' 'i am,' I replied. She then in a hurried rambling man ner told me how her little girl had been forcibly torn from her arms - by her there she ceased speaking for Miss Selwyn came in and gently led her out of the room. I was too tired to think much about the incident at all and presently retired to my room and slept soundly throughout the night.

Early the next morning I arose and dressed for breakfast. Coffee and rolls were served me. I then made inquiry about my visitor on the night before. 'oh,' said Miss Selwyn, 'i am so sorry about it, she slipped away down stairs before we knew it. She comes of a fine family, and is our 'paid guest.' Sheis a poor unfortunate woman who is not responsible for the things she does or what she says. She has been here many years, and her cousin sends us a cheque every month for her keeping. Now, she is very little trouble to us, but is forever asking for her child, and when not combing her hair, she fondles an old piece of lace, this she keeps in her pocket wrapped up in an old Chamois skin. We do not notice these actions any more, they keep her busy and quiet for a little while.'

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Mary Electa Fergus


Published Date - August 24 2019

ISBN - 9780260573674

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm

Page Count - 25

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