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Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851   By:

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[Illustration: NEW YEAR'S DAY IN FRANCE.]

MODEL COTTAGE.

[Illustration: A Cottage in the Style of Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh .]

The elevation is shown in fig. 1, the ground plan in fig. 2.

Accommodation . The plan shows a porch, a ; a lobby, b ; living room, c ; kitchen, d ; back kitchen, e ; pantry, f ; dairy, g ; bed closet, h ; store closet, i ; fuel, k ; cow house, l ; pig stye, m ; yard, n ; dust hole, q .

The Scotch are great admirers of this style, as belonging to one of their favorite public buildings, which is said to have been designed by the celebrated Inigo Jones. The style is that of the times of Queen Elizabeth, and King James VI. of Scotland and I. of England.

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GODEY'S

LADY'S BOOK.

PHILADELPHIA, JANUARY, 1851.

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THE CONSTANT; OR, THE ANNIVERSARY PRESENT.

BY ALICE B. NEAL.

( See Plate. )

It has an excellent influence on one's moral health to meet now and then in society, or, better still, in the close communion of home life, such a woman as Catherine Grant. She influences every one that comes within the pure atmosphere of her friendship, and as unconsciously to them as to herself. She never moralizes, or commands reform. There is no parade of her individual principle in any way, but she always acts rightly; and, if her opinion is called forth, it is given promptly and quietly, but very firmly.

Yet, though even strangers say this of her now, there was a time when few suspected the moral strength of her character. Not that principle was wanting; but it had never been called forth. She moved in her own circle with very little remark or comment. She was cheerful, and even sprightly in her manner, and her large blue eyes, as well as her lips, always spoke the truth. I do not know that she was ever called beautiful; but there was an air of ladyhood about her, from the folding of her soft brown hair to the gloving of a somewhat large but exquisitely shaped hand, that marked her at once as possessing both taste and refinement.

I remember that friends spoke of her engagement with Willis Grant as a "good match," and rather wondered that she did not seem more elated with the prospect of being the mistress of such a pleasant little establishment as would be hers, for she was one of a large family of daughters, and her father's income as a professional man did not equal that of Willis, who was at the head of one of our largest mercantile houses. But it was in her nature to take things calmly, though she was young, and all the kindness of his attentions, and the prospect of a new home, as much as any happy bride could have done. It was a delightful home not so extravagantly furnished as Willis would have chosen it to be, but tasteful, and withal including many of those luxuries and elegancies which we of the nineteenth century are rapidly, too rapidly, learning to need. Willis declared that no one could be happier than they were; and, strange as it may seem, the envious world for once prophesied no cloud in the future.

But we have nothing to do with that first eventful year of married life the year of attrition in mind and character, when two natures, differing in many points, and these sharpened as it were by education, are suddenly brought into immediate contact. There were some ideals overthrown, no doubt it is often so; and some good qualities discovered, which were unsuspected before. The second anniversary of the wedding day was also the birth day of a darling child, and the home was more homelike than ever.

Yet Willis Grant was seldom there. It was not that he loved his wife the less that her beauty had faded, or her temper changed. She was the same as ever gentle, affectionate, and thoughtful for his wishes; and he appreciated all this... Continue reading book >>




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