Martha


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Martha,

in the New Testament, friend of Jesus, sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany. In Christian literature, Martha has been a symbol of the active, as opposed to the contemplative, life. Feast: July 29.

Martha

personification of the busy housekeeper. [N.T.: Luke 10:39]

Martha

Saint New Testament a sister of Mary and Lazarus, who lived at Bethany and ministered to Jesus (Luke 10:38--42). Feast day: July 29 or June 4
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There was but one earthly affection in my breast, and it had grown calmer since my youth; so that I was satisfied to bring Martha to be my sister, in our new abode.
But while speaking these few words, Martha grew so pale that she looked fitter to be laid in her coffin than to stand in the presence of Father Ephraim and the elders; she shuddered, also, as if there were something awful or horrible in her situation and destiny.
However that might be, poor Martha had a woman's heart, and a tender one, and it quailed within her, as she looked round at those strange old men, and from them to the calm features of Adam Colburn.
In their attention to Father Ephraim, their eyes were turned from Martha Pierson, who grew paler and paler, unnoticed even by Adam Colburn.
When Mary at last decided to get up, the clothes Martha took from the wardrobe were not the ones she had worn when she arrived the night before with Mrs.
These are th' ones tha' must put on," Martha answered.
Martha had "buttoned up" her little sisters and brothers but she had never seen a child who stood still and waited for another person to do things for her as if she had neither hands nor feet of her own.
If Martha had been a well-trained fine young lady's maid she would have been more subservient and respectful and would have known that it was her business to brush hair, and button boots, and pick things up and lay them away.
But she had always had a very small appetite, and she looked with something more than indifference at the first plate Martha set before her.
said sister Martha, not meaning to be audible, but driven to some articulation under this pressure of dates.
But Jane and Martha sank under the rush of questions, and began to cry; poor Mrs.
Sheldon was wondering as to the identity of the craft, while Tudor persisted in believing it might be the Martha.