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Our Bessie   By: (1840-1909)

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[Illustration: "HOW GOOD OF YOU TO COME!" SHE EXCLAIMED. BESSIE SAW SHE HAD BEEN CRYING.]

OUR BESSIE

BY

ROSA NOUCHETTE CAREY

AUTHOR OF "MERLE'S CRUSADE," "NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS," "ONLY THE GOVERNESS," ETC.

THE MERSHON COMPANY

RAHWAY, N. J. NEW YORK

CONTENTS.

PAGE

CHAPTER I. BESSIE MEETS WITH AN ADVENTURE 1

CHAPTER II. "HERE IS OUR BESSIE" 16

CHAPTER III. HATTY 31

CHAPTER IV. A COSY MORNING 46

CHAPTER V. THE OATLANDS POST MARK 61

CHAPTER VI. LITTLE MISS MUCH AFRAID 74

CHAPTER VII. IN THE KENTISH LANES 87

CHAPTER VIII. AT THE GRANGE 101

CHAPTER IX. RICHARD SEFTON 115

CHAPTER X. BESSIE IS INTRODUCED TO BILL SYKES 129

CHAPTER XI. EDNA HAS A GRIEVANCE 148

CHAPTER XII. THE FIRST SUNDAY AT THE GRANGE 156

CHAPTER XIII. WHITEFOOT IN REQUISITION 171

CHAPTER XIV. BESSIE SNUBS A HERO 183

CHAPTER XV. "SHE WILL NOT COME" 197

CHAPTER XVI. A NOTE FROM HATTY 209

CHAPTER XVII. "TROUBLE MAY COME TO ME ONE DAY" 222

CHAPTER XVIII. "FAREWELL, NIGHT" 236

CHAPTER XIX. "I MUST NOT THINK OF MYSELF" 249

CHAPTER XX. "BESSIE'S SECOND FLITTING" 263

CHAPTER XXI. ON THE PARADE 276

CHAPTER XXII. BESSIE BUYS A JAPANESE FAN 289

CHAPTER XXIII. MRS. SEFTON HAS ANOTHER VISITOR 303

CHAPTER XXIV. IN THE COOMBE WOODS 318

OUR BESSIE.

CHAPTER I.

BESSIE MEETS WITH AN ADVENTURE.

It was extremely tiresome!

It was vexatious; it was altogether annoying!

Most people under similar circumstances would have used stronger expressions, would have bemoaned themselves loudly, or at least inwardly, with all the pathos of self pity.

To be nearly at the end of one's journey, almost within sight and sound of home fires and home welcomes, and then to be snowed up, walled, imprisoned, kept in durance vile in an unexpected snowdrift well, most human beings, unless gifted with angelic patience, and armed with special and peculiar fortitude, would have uttered a few groans under such depressing circumstances.

Fortunately, Bessie Lambert was not easily depressed. She was a cheerful young person, an optimist by nature; and, thanks to a healthy organization, good digestion, and wholesome views of duty, was not given to mental nightmares, nor to cry out before she was hurt.

Bessie would have thought it faint hearted to shrink at every little molehill of difficulty; she had plenty of what the boys call pluck (no word is more eloquent than that), and a fund of quiet humor that tided her safely over many a slough of despond. If any one could have read Bessie's thoughts a few minutes after the laboring engine had ceased to work, they would have been as follows, with little staccato movements and pauses:

"What an adventure! How Tom would laugh, and Katie too! Katie is always longing for something to happen to her; but it would be more enjoyable if I had some one with me to share it, and if I were sure father and mother would not be anxious. An empty second class compartment is not a particularly comfortable place on a cold afternoon. I wonder how it would be if all the passengers were to get out and warm themselves with a good game of snowballing. There is not much room, though; we should have to play it in a single file, or by turns. Supposing that, instead of that, the nice, white haired old gentleman who got in at the last station were to assemble us all in the third class carriage and tell us a story about Siberia; that would be nice and exciting... Continue reading book >>




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