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One Woman's Life   By: (1868-1938)

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ONE WOMAN'S LIFE

BY ROBERT HERRICK

AUTHOR OF "TOGETHER," "THE HEALER," ETC.

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1913

Set up and electrotyped. Published February, 1913.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

CONTENTS

PART I

THE WEST SIDE

I. The New Home

II. A Victory for Milly

III. Milly goes to Church

IV. Milly completes her Education

V. Milly Experiments

VI. Milly Learns

VII. Milly sees More of the World

VIII. Milly's Campaign

IX. Achievements

PART II

GETTING MARRIED

I. The Great Outside

II. Milly Entertains

III. Milly becomes Engaged

IV. Congratulations

V. The Crash

VI. The Depths

VII. Milly tries to Pay

VIII. Milly renews her Prospects

IX. Milly in Love

X. Milly Marries

PART III

ASPIRATIONS

I. The New Home

II. A Funeral and a Surprise

III. On Board Ship

IV. Being an Artist's Wife

V. Women's Talk

VI. The Child

VII. Beside the Resounding Sea

VIII. The Picture

IX. The Pardon

X. The Painted Face

XI. Crisis

XII. "Come Home"

PART IV

REALITIES

I. Home once More

II. "Bunker's"

III. More of "Bunker's"

IV. The Head of the House

V. A Shock

VI. The Secret

VII. Being a Widow

VIII. The Woman's World

IX. The New Woman

X. Milly's New Marriage

PART V

THE CAKE SHOP

I. "Number 236"

II. At Last, the Real Right Scheme

III. Chicago Again

IV. Going into Business

V. Milly's Second Triumph

VI. Coming Down

VII. Capitulations

VIII. The Sunshine Special

PART ONE

THE WEST SIDE

I

THE NEW HOME

"Is that the house!" Milly Ridge exclaimed disapprovingly.

Her father, a little man, with one knee bent against the unyielding, newly varnished front door, glanced up apprehensively at the figures painted on the glass transom above. In that block of little houses, all exactly alike, he might easily have made a mistake. Reassured he murmured over his shoulder, "Yes 212 that's right!" and he turned the key again.

Milly frowning petulantly continued her examination of the dirty yellow brick face of her new home. She could not yet acquiesce sufficiently in the fact to mount the long flight of steps that led from the walk to the front door. She looked on up the street, which ran straight as a bowling alley between two rows of shabby brick houses, all low, small, mean, unmistakably cheap, thrown together for little people to live in. West Laurence Avenue was drab and commonplace, the heart, the crown, the apex of the commonplace. And the girl knew it.... The April breeze, fluttering carelessly through the tubelike street, caught her large hat and tipped it awry. Milly clutched her hat savagely, and something like tears started to her eyes.

"What did you expect, my dear?" Grandmother Ridge demanded with a subtle undercut of reproof. The little old lady, all in black, with a neat bonnet edged with white, stood on the steps midway between her son and her granddaughter, and smiled icily at the girl. Milly recognized that smile. It was more deadly to her than a curse symbol of mocking age. She tossed her head, the sole retort that youth was permitted to give age.

Indeed, she could not have described her disappointment intelligibly. All she knew was that ever since their hasty breakfast in the dirty railroad station beside the great lake her spirits had begun to go down, and had kept on dropping as the family progressed slowly in the stuffy street car, mile after mile, through this vast prairie wilderness of brick buildings. She knew instinctively that they were getting farther and farther from the region where "nice people" lived. She had never before been in this great city, yet something told her that they were journeying block by block towards the outskirts, the hinterland of the sprawling city... Continue reading book >>




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