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Sowing and Sewing A Sexagesima Story   By: (1823-1901)

Sowing and Sewing A Sexagesima Story by Charlotte Mary Yonge

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SOWING AND SEWING.

A Sexagesima Story.

by

CHARLOTTE M. YONGE.

New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., 39, West Twenty Third Street.

PREFACE.

PERHAPS some may read allusions to a sacred Parable underlying this little story. If so, I hope they will not think it an irreverent mode of applying the lesson.

C. M. YONGE.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE THE SERMON 1

CHAPTER II. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 13

CHAPTER III. THE WORKING PARTY 28

CHAPTER IV. TEACHER AMY 49

CHAPTER V. THE TROUSSEAU 64

CHAPTER VI. STITCH, STITCH, STITCH 79

CHAPTER VII. WANDERING EYES 101

CHAPTER VIII. AMY'S VISITS 115

CHAPTER IX. AWKWARD MEETINGS 127

CHAPTER X. THE RECKONING 150

CHAPTER XI. WHICH SHALL PROSPER? 159

SOWING AND SEWING.

CHAPTER I.

THE SERMON.

FOUR girls were together in a pleasant cottage room with a large window, over which fluttered some dry sticks, which would in due time bear clematis and Virginia creeper leaves.

Three of them were Miss Lee's apprentices, and this room had been built out at the back of the baker's shop for them. The place was the property of the Lee family themselves, and nobody in Langley was more respected than they were. Ambrose Lee, whose name was over the baker's shop, and who kept a horse and cart, was always called Mr. Lee.

He had married a pretty, delicate young girl, who had soon fallen into such hopeless ill health, that his sister Charlotte was obliged to live at home to attend to her and to the shop. And when young Mrs. Lee died, leaving three small children, another sister, Rose, gave up her place to help in the care of her old father and the little ones.

Rose Lee had been a sewing maid, and, being clever, had become a very fair dressmaker; so she took in needlework from the first, and when good old master Lee died, and the children had grown old enough to be more off her hands, she became the dressmaker and sempstress of the place, since there was no doubt that all she took in hand would be thoroughly well turned out of hand, from a child's under garment up to Mrs. and Miss Manners's dresses. "For," as her sister Charlotte proudly said of her, "the ladies had everything made down here, except one or two dresses from London for the fashion." Her nephews were both from home, one as a pupil teacher, the other at a baker's with a superior business, and her niece, Amy, the only girl of the family, had begun as a pupil teacher, but she had such bad headaches at the end of her first year that her father was afraid to let her go on studying for examinations, and cancelled her engagement, and thus she became an assistant to her aunt. Then Jessie Hollis, from the shop, came home from her aunt's, unwilling to go to service, and begged Miss Lee to take her and teach her dressmaking; and, having thus begun, she consented, rather less willingly, to take likewise Florence Cray from the Manners Arms, chiefly because she had known her mother all her life, and believed her to be careful of the girl; besides which, it was a very respectable house.

As plain work, as well as dressmaking, was done, there was quite enough employment for all the hands, as well as for the sewing machine, at which Amy, a fair, delicate looking girl, was whirring away, while Jessie was making the button holes of a long princesse dress, and Florence tacking in some lining; or rather each was pausing a little in her work to answer Grace Hollis, Jessie's sister, a businesslike looking young person, dressed in her town going hat and jacket, who had stepped in, on her way to meet the Minsterham omnibus, to ask whether Miss Lee wanted to have anything done for her, and likewise how many yards of narrow black velvet would be wanted for the trimming of her own and Jessie's spring dresses... Continue reading book >>




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