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One another's burdens


One another's burdens

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    Mary E. Mann
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III THE SISTERS THAT birthday party of poor Libbie's could not have been considered successful, from the point of view of either hosts or guests. Mrs. Strong, indeed, had speedily recovered her spirits, and was as cheerful and feeble and bland as usual. They were shallow, if frequent, the pools of grief into which she tumbled: she waded out again with ease. But Mrs. Strong at her best was not a woman to shine as hostess. She was better as guest, perhaps, for she had an excellent appetite, and took a lively interest in new dishes and the management of her neighbours' tables: but at home, where she had been accustomed so long to cower under her husband's eye, conscious only of the supreme longing to escape his notice, she had become only a nonentity. He—her Edwin—had managed everything, ordered everything, ruled over everything. The place of cipher which Mrs. Strong had taken tremblingly in those days she took placidly now, and submitted to Miriam's gentle rule as unhesitatingly as she had submitted to the tyranny of Miriam's father. So she smiled upon her guests and ate her dinner, and noted what dresses were worn, and admired her daughters, and listened with only half an ear to the remarks that were made to her, and answered—with what small mind she had wandering on to other matters: and was as kind and helpless and uninteresting as ever. It was Libbie's especial party, and all the available young people of the immediate neighbourhood hadbeen collected for the occasion: but Libbie, herself, was pale, heavy-eyed, dispirited. She, who had been wont to deliver herself with complete abandonment to the moment's pleasure, to be decidedly infectious if rather noisy in her easily awakened mirth, sat among her chosen friends heavy, listless, dull. Miss Cross, whose ...   show more
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