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Little Miss Joy   By: (1830-1899)

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[Frontispiece: "Joy, darling Joy," Patience said, "you have often said you had wished you had known your mother." Page . 167.

Little Miss Joy.

BY

EMMA MARSHALL,

AUTHOR OF

"LITTLE QUEENIE;" "BLUE BELL;" "ROBERT'S RACE;" "HURLY BURLY;" ETC.

NEW EDITION.

JOHN F. SHAW (1928) & CO., LTD.

Publishers,

3, PILGRIM STREET, LONDON, E.C.4.

1892

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

AT THE ANCHOR PRESS, TIPTREE, ESSEX

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

WAITING AND WATCHING

CHAPTER II.

LITTLE MISS JOY

CHAPTER III.

"AN HONEST BOY"

CHAPTER IV.

HIS OWN WAY

CHAPTER V.

A TEA PARTY IN THE ROW

CHAPTER VI.

A VISIT TO THE SKINNERS

CHAPTER VII.

DARK DOINGS

CHAPTER VIII.

IN PERIL OF THE SEA

CHAPTER IX.

ON THE WIDE, WIDE SEA

CHAPTER X.

"ONLY A LITTLE BOX"

CHAPTER XI.

MR. SKINNER IN COMMAND

CHAPTER XII.

THE SPIRIT OF PEACE

CHAPTER XIII.

A TOKEN AT LAST

CHAPTER XIV.

THE WAITING IS OVER

CHAPTER XV.

THE HERITAGE OF PEACE

LITTLE MISS JOY.

CHAPTER I.

WAITING AND WATCHING.

The sea lay calm and still under a cloudless sky. The tide was out, and there was only a faint murmur like the whisper of gentle voices, as the little waves told to the sands that they were coming back soon, for the tide had turned.

It was yet early morning, and the old town of Great Yarmouth was asleep. The fishing boats had been out all night, and were lying like so many black birds with folded wings, waiting for the flow of the water to bring them to the beach. All the blinds were down in the houses facing the level strand. There was no one moving yet, for the resonant clock of Saint Nicholas Church had only just struck four.

The children of visitors to Yarmouth, tired with their exertions on the sand the evening before, were all wrapt in profound slumber.

Happy seaside children, who had paddled and delved on the beach to their hearts' content, who had braved all the reproaches of mothers and nurses, and had gone home with their buckets full of seaweed, pebbles, and shells, looking like the veriest little ragged waifs and strays, who were known as "the beach children," and who were an ever moving population gathered from the depths of the town, pattering with naked feet round the boats as they came to shore, to pick up odd fish which fell from the nets as they were spread out to dry.

A great expanse of sand stretches out from Yarmouth, and over this the wind whistles through the long parched grass which grows in patches, interspersed with the little pink mallow and stunted thistles, which are not discouraged by their surroundings, and flourish in spite of difficulties. This wide expanse of sand and sand mounds is called the Denes; and as little weary feet plod over it, it seems in its vastness a very desert of Sahara. Yet there is a charm about the Denes which the children feel. A sense of freedom, and a power to deal with the sand after their own will, were checked by repeated exhortations from governess or nurse to take care of their clothes. Yet the soft silvery sand can do no harm, and a prick from a blade of the pointed grass, or a scratch from a thistle, are the only dangers that beset it.

The town of Yarmouth lies at some distance from the sea, and possesses one feature of rather unusual interest. There is a fine quay, shaded by trees, alongside which many large ships from all countries lie. There is a wide market place and several good streets. But the heart and core of the old town is to be found in the "rows," narrow thoroughfares with tall houses on either side, where many a competency, if not a fortune, has been made in days past.

Very little sunshine or light penetrates the rows, and some of the inhabitants have a faded, washed out look, like that of a plant shut in a dark place, which shows but a faint colour of either leaves or blossom.

Perhaps the pale woman standing by the door of a small shop, the shutters of which were not yet taken down, was a fair specimen of her neighbours... Continue reading book >>




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