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Suzanna Stirs the Fire   By: (1882-)

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SUZANNA STIRS THE FIRE

[Illustration: "I've come to you, Mrs. Reynolds, to stay. I've adopted myself out to you" [ Page 83 ]]

Suzanna Stirs the Fire

BY

Emily Calvin Blake

Author of "Marcia of the Little Home," etc.

Illustrations by F. V. Poole

[Illustration]

CHICAGO

A. C. McCLURG & CO.

1915

Copyright

A. C. McClurg & Co. 1915

Published September, 1915

Copyrighted in Great Britain

W. F. HALL PRINTING COMPANY, CHICAGO

CONTENTS

BOOK I

CHAPTER PAGE

I The Tucked In Day 3

II The Only Child 27

III With Father in the Attic 40

IV The New Dress 55

V Suzanna Comes to a Decision 69

VI Suzanna Makes her Entry 82

VII Regrets 88

VIII Suzanna Meets a Character 99

IX A Leaf Missing from the Bible 119

X A Picnic in the Woods 132

BOOK II

XI The Indian Drill 161

XII Drusilla's Reminiscences 172

XIII Mrs. Graham Woods Bartlett 185

XIV The Stray Dog 197

XV A Lent Mother 215

XVI Suzanna Aids Cupid 221

XVII A Simple Wedding 236

XVIII The Eagle Man Visits the Attic 253

XIX Suzanna Puts a Request 265

XX Drusilla Sets Out on a Journey 278

XXI Mr. Bartlett Sees the Machine 292

BOOK III

XXII Happy Days 307

XXIII To the Seashore 320

XXIV The Seashore 329

XXV Last Days 341

XXVI Suzanna and her Father 345

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

"I've come to you, Mrs. Reynolds, to stay. I've adopted myself out to you" Frontispiece

The prettiest old lady she had ever seen 14

Very carefully he looked at the mended place 116

"We thought you might like a dog," began Suzanna 206

BOOK I

SUZANNA STIRS THE FIRE

CHAPTER I

THE TUCKED IN DAY

Maizie wanted to sleep a little longer, but though the clock had but just chimed six Suzanna was up and had drawn the window curtain letting in a flood of sunshine. Maizie lay watching her sister, her gray eyes still blurred with sleep; not wide and interested as a little later they would be. Her soft little features expressing her naïve personality seemed unsubtle, yet of contours so lovely in this period just after babyhood that one longed to cuddle her.

Suzanna stood a long time at the window, so long indeed that Maizie feared she was lost to all materialities. Suzanna, wonderful one, who could strike from dull stuff magic dreams; who could vivify and gloriously color the little things of life; who could into the simplest happenings read thrilling interpretations! What bliss to accompany her upon her wanderings, and what sadness to be forgotten!

Indeed Suzanna seemed oblivious. Certainly in spirit she was absent and at last Maizie could bear the silence no longer.

"Suzanna!" she cried.

Then Suzanna turned. She did not speak, however, but placed a warning finger upon her lips. Then she went swiftly to the closet and took down her best white dress. She laid it tenderly on the back of a chair till she had found in the lowest bureau drawer her white stockings and slippers, then she brushed and combed her hair, confined it lightly with a length of ribbon, washed her hands and face in the little bowl which stood in one corner near the window and leisurely donned the white dress... Continue reading book >>




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