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An Old Story of My Farming Days Vol. III (of III). (Ut Mine Stromtid)   By: (1810-1874)

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COLLECTION

OF

GERMAN AUTHORS

VOL. 36.

AN OLD STORY OF MY FARMING DAYS BY FRITZ REUTER.

IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. III.

AN OLD STORY

OF MY FARMING DAYS

(UT MINE STROMTID)

BY FRITZ REUTER, AUTHOR OF "IN THE YEAR '13:"

FROM THE GERMAN BY M. W. MACDOWALL.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

Authorized Edition .

LEIPZIG 1878 BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ.

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE & RIVINGTON. CROWN BUILDINGS, 188, FLEET STREET. PARIS: C. REINWALD & CIE, 15, RUE DES SAINTS PÈRES.

AN OLD STORY

UT MINE STROMTID.

CHAPTER I.

The day after Christmas was passed very busily in Mrs. Behrens' house in Rahnstädt. Louisa was continually to be seen running up and down stairs, for she was finishing the arrangement of her father's room. Whenever she thought it was quite ready, and looked really nice, she was sure to find something to improve, some alteration that must be made to ensure perfection. Dinner time came, but her father had not arrived, though she had prepared some little dainties especially for him. She laid a place for him, however, as perhaps he might come before they had finished dinner. "I don't know why it is," she said to little Mrs. Behrens, "but I feel as if some misfortune were going to happen." "What?" cried Mrs. Behrens, "you've only lived in town for three months, and you have presentiments already like a tea drinking town lady! What has become of my light hearted country girl?" and as she said this, she stroked her foster child's cheek with a tender touch and loving smile. "No," answered Louisa, taking the kind hand, and holding it tight between her own, "such indefinite presentiments never trouble me. Unfortunately it is a very definite fear lest my father should weary of the inactivity of a town life, after what he has been accustomed to in the country." "Why, child, you talk as if Rahnstädt were a great city; no thank God! the geese go about bare foot here just the same as at Pümpelhagen, and if your father likes to see farming operations going on around him, he has only to watch the two manure carts belonging to our neighbour on the right, and the three belonging to our neighbour on the left. If he wants to talk about farming he need only go to our landlord Mr. Kurz, who will be too happy to harangue him about grazing fields and town jails till he's as sick of these subjects as we are." Louisa laughed, and when the dinner things were cleared away, she said: "Now, mother, suppose you lie down and have a little nap, while I go down the Gürlitz road, and see if I can't meet my father."

She put on her cloak, and a warm hood, and set off down the road, which had always been her favourite walk since she came to Rahnstädt, for it was the one that led to the place where she had been so happy. When she had time she used to go to the hill from which she could see Gürlitz village, t he church, the parsonage, and the church yard, and when she had a little more time she used to run down to the parsonage to see Lina and Godfrey, and have a talk about the old days and the new... Continue reading book >>




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