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A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.   By: (1824-1906)

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A SUMMER IN LESLIE GOLDTHWAITE'S LIFE

By

Mrs. A. D. T. WHITNEY

1866, 1894

To

THE MEMORY OF MY DEAR FRIEND

MARIA S. CUMMINS

AND OF DAYS AMONG THE MOUNTAINS MADE BEAUTIFUL BY HER COMPANIONSHIP

I DEDICATE THIS LITTLE STORY

PREFACE TO REAL FOLKS SERIES.

"Leslie Goldthwaite" was the first of a series of four, which grew from this beginning, and was written in 1866 and the years nearly following; the first two stories this and "We Girls" having been furnished, by request, for the magazine "Our Young Folks," published at that time with such success by Messrs. Fields, Osgood & Co., and edited by Mr. Howard M. Ticknor and Miss Lucy Larcom. The last two volumes "Real Folks" and "The Other Girls" were asked for to complete the set, and were not delayed by serial publication, but issued at once, in their order of completion, in book form.

There is a sequence of purpose, character, and incident in the four stories, of which it is well to remind new readers, upon their reappearance in fresh editions. They all deal especially with girl life and home life; endeavoring, even in the narration of experiences outside the home and seeming to preclude its life, to keep for girlhood and womanhood the true motive and tendency, through whatever temporary interruption and necessity, of and toward the best spirit and shaping of womanly work and surrounding; making the home life the ideal one, and home itself the centre and goal of effort and hope.

The writing of "The Other Girls" was interrupted by the Great Fire of 1872, and the work upon the Women's Relief Committee, which brought close contact and personal knowledge to reinforce mere sympathy and theory, and so, I hope, into this last of the series, a touch of something that may deepen the influence of them all to stronger help.

I wish, without withdrawing or superseding the special dedication of "Leslie Goldthwaite" to the memory of the dear friend with whom the weeks were spent in which I gathered material for Leslie's "Summer," to remember, in this new presentation of the whole series, that other friend, with whom all the after work in it was associated and made the first links of a long regard and fellowship, now lifted up and reaching onward into the hopes and certainties of the "Land o' the Leal."

I wish to join to my own name in this, the name of Lucy Larcom, which stands representative of most brave and earnest work, in most gentle, womanly living.

ADELINE D. T. WHITNEY. Milton, 1893.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. THE GREEN OF THE LEAF II. WAYSIDE GLIMPSES III. EYESTONES IV. MARMADUKE WHARNE V. HUMMOCKS VI. DAKIE THAYNE VII. DOWN AT OUTLEDGE VIII. SIXTEEN AND SIXTY IX. "I DON'T SEE WHY" X. GEODES XI. IN THE PINES XII. CROWDED OUT XIII. A HOWL XIV. "FRIENDS OF MAMMON" XV. QUICKSILVER AND GOLD XVI. "WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US?" XVII. LEAF GLORY

A SUMMER IN LESLIE GOLDTHWAITE'S LIFE.

CHAPTER I.

THE GREEN OF THE LEAF.

"Nothing but leaves leaves leaves! The green things don't know enough to do anything better!"

Leslie Goldthwaite said this, standing in the bay window among her plants, which had been green and flourishing, but persistently blossomless, all winter, and now the spring days were come.

Cousin Delight looked up; and her white ruffling, that she was daintily hemstitching, fell to her lap, as she looked, still with a certain wide intentness in her eyes, upon the pleasant window, and the bright, fresh things it framed. Not the least bright and fresh among them was the human creature in her early girlhood, tender and pleasant in its beautiful leafage, but waiting, like any other young and growing life, to prove what sort of flower should come of it.

"Now you've got one of your 'thoughts,' Cousin Delight! I see it 'biggening,' as Elspie says... Continue reading book >>




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