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Old Friends and New   By: (1849-1909)

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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 AND COMPANY, Boston and New York

OLD FRIENDS AND NEW

BY

SARAH O. JEWETT

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT 1879 BY HOUGHTON, OSGOOD AND COMPANY COPYRIGHT 1907 BY SARAH ORNE JEWETT

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

OLD FRIENDS AND NEW

CONTENTS.

A LOST LOVER

A SORROWFUL GUEST

A LATE SUPPER

MR. BRUCE

MISS SYDNEY'S FLOWERS

LADY FERRY

A BIT OF SHORE LIFE

A LOST LOVER.

For a great many years it had been understood in Longfield that Miss Horatia Dane once had a lover, and that he had been lost at sea. By little and little, in one way and another, her acquaintances had found out or made up the whole story; and Miss Dane stood in the position, not of an unmarried woman exactly, but rather of having spent most of her life in a long and lonely widowhood. She looked like a person with a history, strangers often said (as if we each did not have a history); and her own unbroken reserve about this romance of hers gave everybody the more respect for it.

The Longfield people paid willing deference to Miss Dane: her family had always been one that could be liked and respected, and she was the last that was left in the old home of which she was so fond. This was a high, square house, with a row of pointed windows in its roof, a peaked porch in front, with some lilac bushes around it; and down by the road was a long, orderly procession of poplars, like a row of sentinels standing guard. She had lived here alone since her father's death, twenty years before. She was a kind, just woman, whose pleasures were of a stately and sober sort; and she seemed not unhappy in her loneliness, though she sometimes said gravely that she was the last of her family, as if the fact had a great sadness for her.

She had some middle aged and elderly cousins living at a distance, and they came occasionally to see her; but there had been no young people staying in the house for many years until this summer, when the daughter of her youngest cousin had written to ask if she might come to make a visit. She was a motherless girl of twenty, both older and younger than her years. Her father and brother, who were civil engineers, had taken some work upon the line of a railway in the far Western country. Nelly had made many long journeys with them before and since she had left school, and she had meant to follow them now, after she had spent a fortnight with the old cousin whom she had not seen since her childhood. Her father had laughed at the visit as a freak, and had warned her of the dulness and primness of Longfield; but the result was that the girl found herself very happy in the comfortable home. She was still her own free, unfettered, lucky, and sunshiny self; and the old house was so much pleasanter for the girlish face and life, that Miss Horatia had, at first timidly and then most heartily, begged her to stay for the whole summer, or even the autumn, until her father was ready to come East. The name of Dane was very dear to Miss Horatia, and she grew fonder of her guest... Continue reading book >>




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