THE HOUSE OF MARTHA

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Overview

CONTENTS.


CHAP.

I. My Grandmother and I

II. Relating to my Year in Europe

III. The Modern Use of the Human Ear

IV. I obtain a Listener

V. Chester Walkirk

VI. My Under-Study

VII. My Book

VIII. The Malarial Adjunct

IX. Walkirk's Idea

X. The Plan of Seclusion

XI. My Nun

XII. Eza

XIII. My Friend Vespa

XIV. I favor Permanency in Office

XV. How we went back to Genoa

XVI. I run upon a Sandbar

XVII. Regarding the Elucidation of National Characteristics

XVIII. An Illegible Word

XIX. Gray Ice

XX. Tomaso and I

XXI. Lucilla and I

XXII. I close my Book

XXIII. Racket Island

XXIV. The Interpolation

XXV. About Sylvia

XXVI. Mother Anastasia

XXVII. A Person

XXVIII. The Floating Grocery

XXIX. Fantasy?

XXX. A Discovery

XXXI. Taking up Unfinished Work

XXXII. Tomaso and Lucilla

XXXIII. The Distant Topsail

XXXIV. The Central Hotel

XXXV. Money makes the Mare go

XXXVI. In the Shade of the Oak

XXXVII. The Performance of my Under-Study

XXXVIII. A Broken Trace

XXXIX. A Soul Whisper?

XL. An Inspiration

XLI. Miss Laniston

XLII. The Mother Superior

XLIII. Was his Heart true to Poll?

XLIV. Preliminary Brotherhood

XLV. I make Coffee and get into Hot Water

XLVI. Going back for a Friend

XLVII. I interest Miss Laniston

XLVIII. In a Cold, Bare Room

XLIX. My Own Way

L. My Book of Travel

LI. A Loose End

LII. I finish the Sicilian Love-Story




THE HOUSE OF MARTHA.




I.

MY GRANDMOTHER AND I.


My grandmother sat in her own particular easy-chair by the open window
of her back parlor. This was a pleasant place in which to sit in the
afternoon, for the sun was then on the other side of the house, and she
could look not only over the smooth grass of the side yard and the
flower beds, which were under her especial care, but across the corner
of the front lawn into the village street. Here, between two handsome
maple-trees which stood upon the sidewalk, she could see something of
what was going on in the outer world without presenting the appearance
of one who is fond of watching her neighbors. It was not much that she
saw, for the street was a quiet one; but a very little of that sort of
thing satisfied her.

She was a woman who was easily satisfied. As a proof of this, I may say
that she looked upon me as a man who always did what was right. Indeed,
I am quite sure there were cases when she saved herself a good deal of
perplexing cogitation by assuming that a thing was right because I did
it. I was her only grandchild: my father and mother had died when I was
very young, and I had always lived with her,--that is, her house had
always been my home; and as I am sure there had never been any reason
why I should not be a dutiful and affectionate grandson, it was not
surprising that she looked upon me with a certain tender partiality, and
that she considered me worthy of all the good that she or fortune could
bestow upon me.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013499577
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 11/19/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 217 KB

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