In front of Sandy Jim stood Chad's Bess, who had shown an unwonted quietude and fixity of attention ever since Dinah had begun to speak.
Her father, Chad, frightened lest he should be "laid hold on" too, this impression on the rebellious Bess striking him as nothing less than a miracle, walked hastily away and began to work at his anvil by way of reassuring himself.
Fanny was silent; but a voice from Bess's corner said, "Put a child in her arms, Becky."
Polly danced all over the room, Bess and Becky hugged one another, and Kate laughed with her eyes full, while even Fanny felt a glow of, pride and pleasure at the kind act.
"We 've got sardines, crackers, and cheese," said Bess, clearing off a table with all speed.
"Let us have coffee to finish off with; put on the pot, Bess, and skim the milk," added Becky, as she produced cups, mugs, and a queer little vase, to supply drinking vessels for the party.
There is always room in my house for Becky, and she lets me do as she would if she was in my place," answered Bess, with a look which her friend answered by a smile.
"Bess is to be married in the spring, and Becky is to live with her."
If you should ever be in want of the services of a dog, a man, or a domestic engineer, remind Smilash of Bess
and the children, and he will act for you in any of those capacities."
For them stage-coaches will have become romances--a team of four bays as fabulous as Bucephalus or Black Bess
. Ah, how their coats shone, as the stable-men pulled their clothes off, and away they went--ah, how their tails shook, as with smoking sides at the stage's end they demurely walked away into the inn-yard.
Comfort your heart, dearest Bess
, I shall sorrow for us both, I shall sorrow less because I have not long to sorrow, because not long to live.
There is Aggy, he can’t vote, being a slave; and Bess
is a minor—so I must even make the best of it.