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Daisy Thornton   By: (1825-1907)

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DAISY THORNTON BY MRS. MARY J. HOLMES,

AUTHOR OF Tempest and Sunshine. 'Lena Rivers. Darkness and Daylight. Marian Grey. English Orphans. Hugh Worthington. Millbank. Ethelyn's Mistake. Edna Browning, Etc., Etc.

"Those whom God has joined together let no man put asunder."

NEW YORK: Copyright, 1878, by G. W. Carleton & Co., Publishers .

LONDON: S. LOW & CO.

MDCCCLXXX.

Samuel Stodder , Stereotyper , 90 Ann Street, N.Y.

Trow Printing and Bookbinding Company.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. EXTRACTS FROM MISS FRANCES THORNTON'S JOURNAL. CHAPTER II. EXTRACTS FROM GUY'S JOURNAL. CHAPTER III. EXTRACTS FROM DAISY'S JOURNAL. CHAPTER IV. AUTHOR'S STORY. CHAPTER V. THE DIVORCE. CHAPTER VI. EXTRACTS FROM DIARIES. CHAPTER VII. FIVE YEARS LATER. CHAPTER VIII. DAISY'S LETTER. CHAPTER IX. DAISY, TOM, AND THAT OTHER ONE. CHAPTER X. MISS MCDONALD. CHAPTER XI. AT SARATOGA. CHAPTER XII. IN THE SICK ROOM. CHAPTER XIII. DAISY'S JOURNAL.

DAISY THORNTON

CHAPTER I. EXTRACTS FROM MISS FRANCES THORNTON'S JOURNAL.

Elmwood, June 15th, 18 .

I have been working among my flowers all the morning, digging, weeding and transplanting, and then stopping a little to rest. My roses are perfect beauties this year, while my white lilies are the wonder of the town, and yet my heart was not with them to day, and it was nothing to me that those fine people from the Towers came into the grounds while I was at work, "just to see and admire," they said, adding that there was no place in Cuylerville like Elmwood. I know that, and Guy and I have been so happy here, and I loved him so much, and never dreamed what was in store for me until it came suddenly like a heavy blow.

Why should he wish to marry, when he has lived to be thirty years old without a care of any kind, and has money enough to allow him to indulge his taste for books, and pictures, and travel, and is respected by everybody, and looked up to as the first man in town, and petted and cared for by me as few brothers have ever been petted and cared for? and if he must marry, why need he take a child of sixteen, whom he has only known since Christmas, and whose sole recommendation, so far as I can learn, is her pretty face?

Daisy McDonald is her name, and she lives in Indianapolis, where her father is a poor lawyer, and as I have heard, a scheming, unprincipled man. Guy met her last winter in Chicago, and fell in love at once, and made two or three journeys West on "important business," he said, and then, some time in May, told me he was going to bring me a sister, the sweetest little creature, with beautiful blue eyes and wonderful hair. I was sure to love her, he said, and when I suggested that she was very young, he replied that her youth was in her favor, as we could more easily mould her to the Thornton pattern.

Little he knows about girls; but then he was perfectly infatuated and blind to everything but Daisy's eyes, and hair, and voice, which is so sweet and winning that it will speak for her at once. Then she is so dainty and refined, he said, and he asked me to see to the furnishing of the rooms on the west side of the house, the two which communicate with his own private library, where he spends a great deal of time with his books and writing. The room adjoining this was to be Daisy's boudoir or parlor, where she could sit when he was occupied and she wished to be near him... Continue reading book >>




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