But I surmised that it might have been the sullenness of a man unconscious of guilt and standing at bay to fight his "persecutors," as he called them; or else the fear of a softer emotion weakening his defiant attitude; perhaps, even, it was a self-denying ordinance, in order to spare the girl
the sight of her father in the dock, accused of cheating, sentenced as a swindler--proving the possession of a certain moral delicacy.
He even refused to take girls
who wished to become artists; for to them he would have been obliged to give certain instructions without which no talent could advance in the profession.
But how to get a girl
? There was no girl
's home to which Louis could take me and where I might be introduced to girls
had grown up in the first bitter-hard times, and had got little schooling themselves.
The only real difference was that while those girls
from the Munchkin country had the blue strip in front of their skirts, those from the country of the Quadlings had the red strip in front; and those from the country of the Winkies had the yellow strip in front, and the Gillikin girls
wore the purple strip in front.
The two girls
sat in the window seat, looking out at the lights and the stream of hurrying vehicles in the avenue.
"Is there no escape?" asked the girl
. "Is there no way even in which I can kill myself?"
The head of the Patchwork Girl
was the most curious part of her.
He got up, stretched, turned around a few times and lay down again, and the girl
opened her eyes and looked into mine.
"I'll give you until noon, Daddy," said the girl
in a voice which carried a more strongly defined tone of authority than her father's soft drawl, "and then I shall come into that room, if I have to use an axe, and bring you out--do you understand?"
THE FLOWER GIRL
. Nah then, Freddy: look wh' y' gowin, deah.
"I wonder what it is," speculated Cecily, as the Story Girl
left the room.