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[Illustration: FROM AUNT TREMAYNE AND RALPH]

SIX GIRLS

A HOME STORY

BY FANNIE BELLE IRVING

ILLUSTRATED BY F. T. MERRILL

BOSTON DANA ESTES AND COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1882 , By Estes and Lauriat.

University Press: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. UNDER THE TREES 7

II. AROUND THE FIRE 18

III. A FOUNDATION THAT BROUGHT KAT TO GRIEF 38

IV. IN CONFIDENCE 51

V. ONE DAY 65

VI. A STRANGER 80

VII. MR. CONGREVE SURPRISES HIMSELF AND EVERYBODY ELSE 97

VIII. ODDS AND ENDS 113

IX. WHAT OLIVE HEARD 128

X. THE LITTLE BLACK TRUNK 148

XI. WHERE IS ERNESTINE? 168

XII. THE STORY 188

XIII. A YEAR LATER 202

XIV. STUDY OR PLAY? 221

XV. CONGREVE HALL 240

XVI. UNDER THE SHADY GREEN WOOD TREE 257

XVII. SEVERAL THINGS 284

XVIII. AT THE OPERA 306

XIX. COMING HOME 336

XX. A SAD STORY 355

XXI. MY LADY 368

XXII. TO REAR, TO LOVE, AND THEN TO LOSE 380

XXIII. WHEN GOD DREW NEAR, AMONG HIS OWN TO CHOOSE 406

XXIV. TWO SECRETS 420

XXV. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT FIVE YEARS LATER 437

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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FROM AUNT TREMAYNE AND RALPH Frontispiece

"O ERNESTINE, HOW LOVELY!" 17

KAT AND KIT 49

THE OLD GENTLEMAN LIFTED JEAN UP ON THE POST 92

"NOW LET'S SEE WHAT'S IN THIS WONDERFUL TRUNK" 167

"WHY, HOW DO YOU DO, MY DEAR CHILD?" 244

"WHAT IS THE MATTER? WHAT HAS HAPPENED?" 267

MR. CONGREVE WOULD COME INTO THE GALLERY 314

SIX GIRLS.

CHAPTER I.

UNDER THE TREES.

There were ripples of sunshine all tangled in the glowing scarlet of the geranium bed and dancing blithely over the grass. A world of melody in quivering bursts of happy song came from the spreading canopy of leaves overhead, and as an accompaniment, the wind laughed and whispered and kept the air in one continual smile with a kiss on its lips, born of supreme contentment in the summer loveliness.

In the cool, deep shade, cast by the grandest of old beech trees, a girl sat, her white dress in freshest relief against the green surroundings, a piece of sewing in her nimble fingers, and the wind tossing her loosened hair all about her face and shoulders. She was quite alone, and seemed just the setting for the quiet, lovely surroundings, so much so, that, had an artist chanced to catch the sight, he would have lost no time in transferring it to canvas, the wide stretch of grass, alternately steeped in cool shadows and mellow sunshine, the branching, rustling canopy of leaves, the white robed figure with smiling lips and busy fingers, and just visible in the back ground an old house wrapped in vines and lying in the shade... Continue reading book >>




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