Household Words, Vol. 14

Household Words, Vol. 14

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  • Autor: Charles Dickens
  • Editor: Forgotten Books
  • Relaese Date: 27 September 2015
  • ISBN: 1330278062
  • Format Book: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
  • Number of page: 618 pages
  • File Size: 51MB
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Description Household Words, Vol. 14 de Charles Dickens:

Excerpt from Household Words, Vol. 14: A Weekly Journal March 3rd, 1840. A long letter to-day from Robert, which surprised and vexed and fluttered me so, mat I have been sadly behind-hand with my work ever since. He writes in worse spirits than last time, and absolutely declares that he is poorer even than when he went to America, and that he has made up his mind to come home to London. How happy I should be at this news, if he only returned to me a prosperous man! As it is, though I love him dearly, I cannot look forward to the meeting him again, disappointed and broken down and poorer than ever, without a feeling almost of death for both of us. I was twenty-six last birthday and he was thirty-three-and there seems less chance now than ever of being married. It is all I can do to keep myself by my needle- and his prospects, since he failed in the small stationery business three years ago, are worse, if possible, than mine. Not that I mind so much for myself- women, in all ways of life, and especially in my dressmaking way, learn, I think, to be more patient than men. What I dread is Robert's despondency, and the hard struggle he will have in this cruel city to get his bread - let alone making money enough to marry me. So little as poor people want to set up in housekeeping and be happy together, it seems hard that they cant get it when they are honest and heart, and willing to work. The clergyman said in his sermon, last Sunday evening, that all things were ordered for the best, and we are all put into the stations in life that are properest for us. I suppose he was right, being a very clever gentleman who fills the church to crowding- but I think I should have understood him better if I had not been very hungry at the time, in consequence of my own station in life being nothing but Plain Needlewoman. March 4th. Mary Mallison came down to my room to take a cup of tea with me. I read her bits of Robert's letter, to show her that if she has her troubles, I have mine too- but I could not succeed in cheering her. She says she is born to misfortune, and that, as long back as she can remember, she has never had the least morsel of luck to be thankful for I told her to go and look in my glass, and to say if she had nothing to be thankful for then- for Mary is a very pretty girl, and would look still prettier if she could be more cheerful and dress neater. However, my compliment did no good. She rattled her spoon impatiently in her tea-cup, and said, "If I was only as good a hand at needlework as you are, Anne, I would change faces with the ugliest girl in London." "Not you!" says I, laughing. She looked at me for a moment, and shook her head, and was out of the room before I could get up and stop her. She always runs off in that way when she is going to cry, having a kind of pride about letting other people see her in tears. March 5th. - A fright about Mary. I had not seen her all day, as she does not work at the same place where I do- and in the evening she never came down to have tea with me, or sent me word to go to her. So just before I went to bed I ran up-stairs to say good-night. She did not answer when I knocked- and when I stepped softly into the room I saw her in bed, asleep, with her work not half done, lying about the room in the untidiest way. There was nothing remarkable in that, and I was just going away on tip-toe, when a tiny bottle and wine-glass on the chair by her bed-side caught my eye. I thought she was ill and had been taking physic, and looked at the bottle. It was marked in large letters, "Laudanum - Poison." My heart gave a jump as if it was going to fly out of me. I laid hold of her with both hands, and shook her with all my might. She was sleeping heavily, and woke slowly, as it seemed to me - but still she did wake. I tried to pull her out of bed, having heard that people ought to be always walked up and down when they have taken laudanum- but she resisted, and pushed me away viol More knowledge about the article author may not be found or maybe has become eliminated at the request of the author. Perhaps you might be interested in various other training books through the Charles Dickens. We're able to accumulate many of the a lot of iformatsii for you. Pertaining to creators of these studies: our site won't extend to consumer obtain ones publications on the web pages merely initial information about the book. If you believe that our website is usually infringing, be sure to email you over it trouble with the article author of such ebooks, we're going to quickly take away web sites from our web page.

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