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Betty Leicester A Story For Girls   By: (1849-1909)

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BETTY LEICESTER

Books by Sarah Orne Jewett

STORIES AND TALES. 7 vols. Illustrated.

THE LETTERS OF SARAH ORNE JEWETT. Illustrated.

THE TORY LOVER. Illustrated.

THE QUEEN'S TWIN AND OTHER STORIES.

THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS.

DEEPHAVEN. Holiday Edition. With 52 illustrations. Attractively bound.

OLD FRIENDS AND NEW.

COUNTRY BY WAYS.

THE MATE OF THE DAYLIGHT, AND FRIENDS ASHORE.

A COUNTRY DOCTOR. A Novel.

A MARSH ISLAND. A Novel.

A WHITE HERON AND OTHER STORIES.

THE KING OF FOLLY ISLAND, AND OTHER PEOPLE.

STRANGERS AND WAYFARERS.

A NATIVE OF WINBY, AND OTHER TALES.

THE LIFE OF NANCY.

TALES OF NEW ENGLAND. THE SAME. In Riverside Aldine Series. In Riverside School Library.

PLAY DAYS. Stories for Girls.

BETTY LEICESTER. A Story for Girls.

BETTY LEICESTER'S CHRISTMAS. Illustrated.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY BOSTON AND NEW YORK

[Illustration]

BETTY LEICESTER

A STORY FOR GIRLS

BY

SARAH ORNE JEWETT

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT, 1889, BY SARAH ORNE JEWETT

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY MARY R. JEWETT

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Riverside Press

CAMBRIDGE ยท MASSACHUSETTS

PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.

WITH LOVE TO

M. G. L.

ONE OF THE FIRST OF BETTY'S FRIENDS

CONTENTS.

PAGE I. AS FAR AS RIVERPORT 1 II. THE PACKET BOAT 17 III. A BIT OF COLOR 28 IV. TIDESHEAD 40 V. AT BECKY'S HOUSE 50 VI. THE GARDEN TEA 60 VII. THE SIN BOOKS 72 VIII. A CHAPTER OF LETTERS 93 IX. BETTY'S REFLECTIONS 108 X. UP COUNTRY 137 XI. THE TWO FRIENDS 158 XII. BETTY AT HOME 171 XIII. A GREAT EXCITEMENT 185 XIV. THE OUT OF DOOR CLUB 209 XV. THE STARLIGHT COMES IN 221 XVI. DOWN THE RIVER 239 XVII. GOING AWAY 276

BETTY LEICESTER.

I.

AS FAR AS RIVERPORT.

TWO persons sat at a small breakfast table near an open window, high up in Young's Hotel in Boston. It was a pleasant June morning, just after eight o'clock, and they could see the white clouds blowing over; but the gray walls of the Court House were just opposite, so that one cannot say much of their view of the world. The room was pleasanter than most hotel rooms, and the persons at breakfast were a girl of fifteen, named Betty Leicester, and her father. Their friends thought them both good looking, but it ought to be revealed in this story just what sort of good looks they had, since character makes the expression of people's faces. But this we can say, to begin with: they had eyes very much alike, very kind and frank and pleasant, and they had a good fresh color, as if they spent much time out of doors. In fact, they were just off the sea, having come in only two days before on the Catalonia from Liverpool; and the Catalonia, though very comfortable, had made a slower voyage than some steamers do in coming across.

They had nearly finished breakfast, but Betty was buttering one more nice bit of toast to finish her marmalade, while Mr. Leicester helped himself to more strawberries. They both looked a little grave, as if something important were to be done when breakfast was over; and if you had sat in the third place by the table, and, instead of looking out of the window, had looked to right and left into the bedrooms that opened at either hand, you would guess the reason. In Betty's room, on her table, were ulster and her umbrella and her traveling bag beside a basket, these last being labeled "Miss E. Leicester, Tideshead;" and in the room opposite was a corresponding array, excepting that the labels read, "T... Continue reading book >>




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