But then, you know, it's such a pleasure,' said Barbara's mother
If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations, that made her mother
tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue.
lay in bed with the christening robe beside her, and I peeped in many times at the door and then went to the stair and sat on it and sobbed.
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.
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
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.