DINAH


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Clare had vainly tried to persuade Dinah to exchange for the convenience of a modern cook-stove.
Clare had first returned from the north, impressed with the system and order of his uncle's kitchen arrangements, he had largely provided his own with an array of cupboards, drawers, and various apparatus, to induce systematic regulation, under the sanguine illusion that it would be of any possible assistance to Dinah in her arrangements.
When Miss Ophelia entered the kitchen Dinah did not rise, but smoked on in sublime tranquillity, regarding her movements obliquely out of the corner of her eye, but apparently intent only on the operations around her.
Laws, yes, I put 'em there this morning,--I likes to keep my things handy," said Dinah.
said Dinah, in a high key, as her wrath began to rise over her habitual respect of manner; "what does ladies know 'bout work, I want to know?
I likes to keep my things where I knows whar to go to 'em," said Dinah, rather decidedly.
Missis has spilt lots dat ar way," said Dinah, coming uneasily to the drawers.
Terence, you're a civilian," said Dinah Shadd warningly.
Here Dinah turned to Bessy Cranage, whose bonny youth and evident vanity had touched her with pity.
Dinah went on, "think if it should happen to you as it once happened to a servant of God in the days of her vanity.
But now Dinah began to tell of the joys that were in store for the penitent, and to describe in her simple way the divine peace and love with which the soul of the believer is filled--how the sense of God's love turns poverty into riches and satisfies the soul so that no uneasy desire vexes it, no fear alarms it: how, at last, the very temptation to sin is extinguished, and heaven is begun upon earth, because no cloud passes between the soul and God, who is its eternal sun.
The stranger, who had been interested in the course of her sermon as if it had been the development of a drama--for there is this sort of fascination in all sincere unpremeditated eloquence, which opens to one the inward drama of the speaker's emotions--now turned his horse aside and pursued his way, while Dinah said, "Let us sing a little, dear friends"; and as he was still winding down the slope, the voices of the Methodists reached him, rising and falling in that strange blending of exultation and sadness which belongs to the cadence of a hymn.