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Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline A Story of the Development of a Young Girl's Life by Jennie M. Drinkwater

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[Illustration: Nan drew Tessa’s cheek down to her lips. ( Page 329 )]

Tessa Wadsworth’s Discipline

A Story of the Development of a Young Girl’s Life

By Jennie M. Drinkwater

Author of “Growing Up,” “Bek’s First Corner,” “Miss Prudence,” etc., etc.

“The people that stood below She knew but little about; And this story’s a moral, I know, If you’ll try to find it out.”

A. L. Burt Company, Publishers New York

Copyright 1879, By Robert Carter & Brothers.

Dedication.

TO MY FRIEND Mary V. Childs.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE 1. Hearts that Seemed to Differ 9 2. The Silent Side 20 3. The Last Night of the Old Year 31 4. Somebody New 55 5. Hearts that were Waiting 65 6. Another Opportunity 81 7. The Long Day 90 8. A Note out of Tune 101 9. The New Morning 140 10. Forgetting the Bread 156 11. On the Highway 162 12. Good Enough to be True 178 13. The Heart of Love 188 14. Wheat, not Bread 211 15. September 217 16. A Tangle 244 17. The Night Before 258 18. Moods 280 19. The Old Story 293 20. Several Things 305 21. Through 330 22. Several Other Things 338 23. What She Meant 362 24. Shut in 367 25. Blue Myrtle 377 26. Another May 390 27. Sunset 397 28. Hearts Alike 405

TESSA WADSWORTH’S DISCIPLINE.

I.—HEARTS THAT SEEMED TO DIFFER.

She was standing one afternoon on the broad piazza, leaning against the railing, with color enough in her usually colorless cheeks as she watched the tall figure passing through the low gateway; he turned towards the watching eyes, smiled, and touched his hat.

“You will be in again this week,” she said coaxingly, “you can give me ten minutes out of your busy ness.”

“Twice ten, perhaps.”

The light that flashed into her eyes was her only reply; she stood leaning forward, playing with the oleander blossoms under her hand until he had seated himself in his carriage and driven away; not until the brown head and straw hat had disappeared behind the clump of willows at the corner did she stir or move her eyes, then the happy feet in the bronze slippers tripped up stairs to her own chamber. Dinah had left her slate on a chair, and dropped her algebra on the carpet, at the sound of Norah’s voice below the window.

Tessa was glad to be alone; she was always glad to be alone after Ralph Towne had left her, to think over all that he had said, and to feel again the warm shining of his brown eyes; to thank God with a few, low, joyful exclamations that He had brought this friend into her life; and then, as foolish women will, she must look into her own face and try to see it as he saw it,—cheeks aglow, tremulous lips, and such a light in the blue eyes!

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