REBECCA RANDALL Two maidens by a river strayed
, 'T was in the state of Maine.
down a walk edged with box, with apple trees, pear trees, and cherry trees on one side, and a border on the other full of all sorts of old-fashioned flowers, stocks, sweet-williams, primroses, pansies, mingled with southernwood, sweet-briar, and various fragrant herbs.
A minute previously she was violent; now, supported on one arm, and not noticing my refusal to obey her, she seemed to find childish diversion in pulling the feathers from the rents she had just made, and ranging them on the sheet according to their different species: her mind had strayed
to other associations.
But his attention wandered; and his eyes strayed
away, from time to time, to the empty chair opposite -- the chair in which his old friend and gossip had sat and wrangled with him good-humoredly for many and many a year past.
He showed no surprise at seeing another figure, but the unsteady fingers of one of his hands strayed
to his lips as he looked at it (his lips and his nails were of the same pale lead- colour), and then the hand dropped to his work, and he once more bent over the shoe.