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Mary's Rainbow   By: (1878-)

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FOREWORD

This little volume and its predecessor, "Mostly Mary," the first two of the "Berta and Beth Books," have been written to comply with the wishes of the young readers of Clementia's other books, "Uncle Frank's Mary," "The Quest of Mary Selwyn," and "Bird a Lea." In them the author narrates the events leading up to "Uncle Frank's Mary," and endeavors to satisfy the demand for "more about Berta and Beth," those mischievous, lovable "twinnies," who furnish much of the amusement and not a little of the excitement in the "Mary Selwyn Books."

Mary's Rainbow

by

"CLEMENTIA"

[Transcriber's note: Real name Sister Mary Edward Feehan]

Author of

Mostly Mary Uncle Frank's Mary The Quest of Mary Selwyn Bird a Lea, etc.

MATRE & COMPANY

CHICAGO

1922

Copyright 1922 by

MATRE & COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

Printed in U. S. A.

[Illustration: Two little girls on a swing.]

To

another very dear little

Mary

CONTENTS

Chapter

I. Gene II. Busy Days III. Mary's Secret IV. Maryvale V. Christmas VI. The Land of Sunshine VII. Through Storm to the Rainbow VIII. That Moving Week Monday IX. Monday Continued X. Tuesday XI. Wednesday XII. Thursday XIII. New Friends XIV. Naming the Pets XV. Only the Beginning

MARY'S RAINBOW

CHAPTER I.

GENE.

"You have grown very fond of your good nurse, haven't you, Mary?"

"Indeed I have, Uncle. I wish she could go South with us after Christmas."

"But don't you think it would be selfish of us to take her away from little folks who really need her? That brings us to a matter of importance which I must discuss with you this evening."

Mary, in her usual place on her uncle's knee, fixed her eyes on the fire, folded her hands, and tried to look very grave and grown up; for to talk over a matter of importance with Doctor Carlton was, in her opinion, a very serious thing indeed.

"I have a patient, a little boy four years old, who has injured his spine. He can be cured, I think, if he has proper care. He is an only child and is somewhat spoiled, and the pain he is suffering makes him very peevish and cross. His poor mother is quite worn out, for he insists on having her beside him day and night. We had a fine nurse for him, but he took a dislike to her and would not let her come near him. Now, the only one I know who can handle this case is Sister Julia. She has a way of her own with children, as you well know. You are improving so fast that you really no longer need her; so I think we had better let her go to that poor little fellow who does; don't you?"

The Doctor watched Mary's face over which a look of dismay had spread, and he saw the struggle that was going on in her heart, which sank very low at the thought of the long, long days all alone, except for the servants, in the big house. She locked her frail little fingers tightly together and winked very hard before she answered in a voice scarcely above a whisper; "Ye es, Uncle, and and maybe you can come home a little earlier, just a little earlier every evening, and and stay longer at luncheon, and and will you ask Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Lee to let Hazel and Rosemary come in to play with me for a while every day on their way home from school and take turns spending the day with me on Saturdays " Her voice broke, and she hid her face against his coat.

"Why, little one, you don't think for an instant that you will be here alone all day, do you? Of course, you may have as many of your little friends as you please come to visit you. I could not allow that while you were so weak; but there is no reason now why they may not come very often. I have made plans, however, so that you need not be alone for a single moment of the day. Sister Julia has a young friend, Miss Donnelly, who often takes her place in cases like this. I know her quite well and feel very sure that you will like her. She is about sixteen not a bit too old to enjoy your games and she is an expert dolls' dress maker... Continue reading book >>




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