To this, Kit's mother
yielded her full assent, and tracing things back from effects to causes, they naturally reverted to their deceased husbands, respecting whose lives, deaths, and burials, they compared notes, and discovered sundry circumstances that tallied with wonderful exactness; such as Barbara's father having been exactly four years and ten months older than Kit's father, and one of them having died on a Wednesday and the other on a Thursday, and both of them having been of a very fine make and remarkably good-looking, with other extraordinary coincidences.
My father had often hinted that she seldom conducted herself like any ordinary Christian; and now, instead of ringing the bell, she came and looked in at that identical window, pressing the end of her nose against the glass to that extent, that my poor dear mother
used to say it became perfectly flat and white in a moment.
Bear in mind what I have said," he proceeded; "and if you want to understand my mother
, do what I asked you to do a minute since--tell me all about it.
And through it all, a flying shuttle, weaving the golden dazzling thread of personality, moved the form of her little, indomitable mother
, eight years old, and nine ere the great traverse was ended, a necromancer and a law-giver, willing her way, and the way and the willing always good and right.
The truth was, that the little Puritans, being of the most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly, or at variance with ordinary fashions, in the mother
and child, and therefore scorned them in their hearts, and not unfrequently reviled them with their tongues.
All right," he said, "as long as mother
gets her money.
, and when I go home I mean to have a corner in the big closet to put my books and the copy of that picture which I've tried to make.
The book Adam most often read on a Sunday morning was his large pictured Bible, and this morning it lay open before him on the round white deal table in the kitchen; for he sat there in spite of the fire, because he knew his mother
liked to have him with her, and it was the only day in the week when he could indulge her in that way.
She did not let go of her mother
but struggled tenderly with her, demanded a pillow and hot water, and unfastened and tore open her mother
Then he was sympathetic, and asked me if my mother
had seen the paper yet, and when I shook my head he said that if I showed it to her now and told her that these were her five laughs he thought I might win another.
She wished for what her mother
wished for, but the motives of her mother
's wishes wounded her.
I'll rock the cradle for 'ee, mother
," said the daughter gently.