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Story Of Waitstill Baxter

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  • ISBN-13: 9780217134354
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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n THE SISTERS The river was still running under the bridge, but the current of time had swept Jacob Cochrane out of sight, though not out of mind, for he had left here and there a disciple to preach his strange and uncertain doctrine. Waitstill, the child who never spoke in her father's presence, was a young woman now, the mistress of the house; the stepmother was dead, and the baby a girl of seventeen. The brick cottage on the hilltop had grown only a little shabbier. Deacon Foxwell Baxter still slammed its door behind him every morning at seven o'clock and, without any such cheerful conventions as good-byes to his girls, walked down to the bridge to open his store. The day, properly speaking, had opened when Waitstill and Patience had left their beds at dawn, built the fire, fed the hens and turkeys, and prepared the breakfast, while the Deacon was graining the horse and milking the cows. Such minor "chores" as carrying water from the well, splitting kindling, chopping pine, or bringingwood into the kitchen, were left to Waitstill, who had a strong back, or, if she had not, had never been unwise enough to mention the fact in her father's presence. The almanac day, however, which opened with sunrise, had nothing to do with the real human day, which always began when Mr. Baxter slammed the door behind him, and reached its high noon of delight when he disappeared from view. "He's opening the store shutters!" chanted Patience from the heights of a kitchen chair by the window. " Now he's taken his cane and beaten off the Boynton puppy that was sitting on the steps as usual, I don't mean Ivory's dog" (here the girl gave a quick glance at her sister), "but Rodman's little yellow cur.Rodman must have come down to the bridge on some errand for Ivory. Isn't it odd, when th...
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