Mamma had heard it was very nice; so she wrote to me that I was to come and stop here with Harold.
This is not such a nice place for a girl as for a young man, and the Desmonds thought it EXCEEDINGLY ODD that mamma should wish me to come here.
"Mamma, I have promised to explain everything to you one of these days; and I hope to do so but you have promised me, until that day, to be silent and to ask me no more questions whatever!"
At these words, Mamma Valerius tossed about in her bed.
I call her mamma
, but I am not related to her; I was brought up by her," answered Varenka, flushing a little again.
"So you see, Mamma, everything WILL be settled twenty-four hours in advance," she said, stooping over to kiss her mother's troubled forehead.
As she settled herself in her corner she said: "I didn't want to worry Mamma by raising fresh obstacles; but how can you meet Ellen tomorrow, and bring her back to New York, when you're going to Washington?"
'I won't kiss YOU, mamma
; but I WILL show Miss Grey my schoolroom, and my new books.'
"Let us call mamma
to look out," said Peony; and then he shouted lustily, "Mamma
was an abject slave to their caprices, but Papa was not so easily subjugated, and occasionally afflicted his tender spouse by an attempt at paternal discipline with his obstreperous son.
"No, I have other things of mamma
's--her sandal-wood box which I am so fond of--plenty of things.
And besides, if she tells Mamma
" (Sonya looked upon the countess as her mother and called her so) "that I am spoiling Nicholas' career and am heartless and ungrateful, while truly...