first came to live in the little rooms in Kennington she
was tired out and ashamed.
The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do, and at last in her distress she
jumped into the water after the spindle.
woke up next morning the first thing that rose to her mind was what she
had said to her husband, and those words seemed to her so awful that she
could not conceive now how she
could have brought herself to utter those strange, coarse words, and could not imagine what would come of it.
For a day or two she
walked about apparently in a dreamy state, but really absorbed in speculation and calculation.
Well, with break of day she
wakes and sits up in bed and is standing in the middle of the room.
knew that she
was not going to stay at the English clergyman's house where she
was taken at first.
was very much troubled, and said, 'Dear father, listen to what has befallen me
After again leaving Marlott, her home, she
had got through the spring and summer without any great stress upon her physical powers, the time being mainly spent in rendering light irregular service at dairy-work near Port-Bredy to the west of the Blackmoor Valley, equally remote from her native place and from Talbothays.
said, not recognizing the face in the fitful light of the staircase.
In the middle of the village lived old Dame Shoemaker; she
sat and sewed together, as well as she
could, a little pair of shoes out of old red strips of cloth; they were very clumsy, but it was a kind thought.
Wickham-- when she
read with somewhat clearer attention a relation of events which, if true, must overthrow every cherished opinion of his worth, and which bore so alarming an affinity to his own history of himself-- her feelings were yet more acutely painful and more difficult of definition.
put it to her lips, and a rush of remembered sensations for a moment or two swept away all fear.