The farmer's wife
opened it, but when she heard what he wanted she told him to go away; her husband was not at home, and she took in no strangers.
Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife
. Their house was small, for the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon many miles.
"You need n't save any old silk gowns for me; I don't mean to be a fine lady when I grow up, I 'm going to be a farmer's wife
, and make butter and cheese, and have ten children, and raise pigs," she added in one enthusiastic burst.
--Listen to the story of Jemima Puddle-duck, who was annoyed because the farmer's wife
would not let her hatch her own eggs.
Tess had moodily decided that either of these maidens would make a good farmer's wife
, and that she ought to recommend them, and obscure her own wretched charms.
When the farmer's wife
first saw him "she screamed and ran back, as women in England do at the sight of a toad or a spider." However, when she saw that he was only a tiny man, she soon grew fond of him.
and let me have the bacon cut very nice and thin; for I can't endure anything that's gross.--Prithee try if you can do a little tolerably for once, and don't think you have a farmer's wife
, or some of those creatures, in the house."--The landlady began then to handle her knife; but the other stopt her, saying, "Good woman, I must insist upon your first washing your hands; for I am extremely nice, and have been always used from my cradle to have everything in the most elegant manner."
Martha had earned her bread sometimes as a seamstress, sometimes as help to a farmer's wife
, sometimes as school-mistress of the village children, sometimes as a nurse or watcher of the sick, thus acquiring a varied experience, the ultimate use of which she little anticipated.
The kitchen door stood open, and he gazed so long and hard into the black aperture that it seemed almost that a farmer's wife
must emerge at any moment.
Miss Halcombe left me, with the intention of speaking, in the first instance, to the farmer's wife
(of whose friendly readiness to help her in any way she was well assured), while I waited for her in the near neighbourhood of the house.
So Jurgis went in, and sat down at the table with the farmer's wife
and half a dozen children.
I prepared myself for the afternoon's hospitalities, calling in the farmer's wife
and reviewing with her the resources of the house and the village.