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【MKCK-045】前戯なき戦い4時間

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-27 15:14:25
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【MKCK-045】前戯なき戦い4時間 �


Butafewweekslater,onanotherfoggyafternoon,whensheenteredhersittingroomshefoundherselfconfrontingaratherpatheticpicture.Inherownspecialandpeteasy-chairbeforethebrightfire,Becky--withacoalsmudgeonhernoseandseveralonherapron,withherpoorlittlecaphanginghalfoffherhead,andanemptycoalboxonthefloornearher--satfastasleep,tiredoutbeyondeventheenduranceofherhard-workingyoungbody.Shehadbeensentuptoputthebedroomsinorderfortheevening.Therewereagreatmanyofthem,andshehadbeenrunningaboutallday.Sara'sroomsshehadsaveduntilthelast.Theywerenotliketheotherrooms,whichwereplainandbare.Ordinarypupilswereexpectedtobesatisfiedwithmerenecessaries.Sara'scomfortablesittingroomseemedabowerofluxurytothescullerymaid,thoughitwas,infact,merelyanice,brightlittleroom.Buttherewerepicturesandbooksinit,andcuriousthingsfromIndia;therewasasofaandthelow,softchair;Emilysatinachairofherown,withtheairofapresidinggoddess,andtherewasalwaysaglowingfireandapolishedgrate.Beckysavedituntiltheendofherafternoon'swork,becauseitrestedhertogointoit,andshealwayshopedtosnatchafewminutestositdowninthesoftchairandlookabouther,andthinkaboutthewonderfulgoodfortuneofthechildwhoownedsuchsurroundingsandwhowentoutonthecolddaysinbeautifulhatsandcoatsonetriedtocatchaglimpseofthroughthearearailing.

"Oh,miss!Oh,miss!"shestuttered."Iarstyerpardon,miss!Oh,Ido,miss!"

Beckylostherbreathagain.

Beckystaredatheradmiringly,and,asbefore,didnotunderstandherintheleast.Shewatchedherwithasortofadoration.VerysoonSaraleftherreflectionsandturnedtoherwithanewquestion.

"Youwickedthing,"saidLavinia,turningonSara;"makingfairystoriesaboutheaven."

"Idon'tknow,I'msure;andIdon'tcareifit'ssomethingmoreaboutthateverlastingSara."

Ah,indeed,MademoiselleSaramightwellask.Shewasaforlornlittlethingwhohadjusttakentheplaceofscullerymaid--though,astobeingscullerymaid,shewaseverythingelsebesides.Sheblackedbootsandgrates,andcarriedheavycoal-scuttlesupanddownstairs,andscrubbedfloorsandcleanedwindows,andwasorderedaboutbyeverybody.Shewasfourteenyearsold,butwassostuntedingrowththatshelookedabouttwelve.Intruth,Mariettewassorryforher.Shewassotimidthatifonechancedtospeaktoheritappearedasifherpoor,frightenedeyeswouldjumpoutofherhead.

"Ithought,"retortedLavinia,insevererecollection,thatyourmammawasdead.Howcansheknowthings?"

HowpoorBeckystaredather!Infact,shehadneverheardsuchanice,friendlysoundinanyone'svoicebefore.Shewasusedtobeingorderedaboutandscolded,andhavingherearsboxed.Andthisone--inherrose-coloreddancingafternoonsplendor--waslookingatherasifshewerenotaculpritatall--asifshehadarighttobetired--eventofallasleep!Thetouchofthesoft,slimlittlepawonhershoulderwasthemostamazingthingshehadeverknown.


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