It could never be the same, of course, but yet, day by day, she found her mother-love, enveloping the waif
more closely until she sometimes sat with closed eyes lost in the sweet imagining that the little bundle of humanity at her breast was truly her own.
Also she began to remember that she was a waif
of the storm, adrift upon a treacherous and unknown sea.
The woman's heart, hungering in its horrible isolation for something that it might harmlessly love, welcomed the rescued waif
of the streets as a consolation sent from God.
So long had it been since Tarzan became a member of the tribe, that Tublat had forgotten the circumstances surrounding the entrance of the jungle waif
into his family, with the result that he now imagined that Tarzan was his own offspring, adding greatly to his chagrin.
I have heard a waif
word in the country," said I, a little nettled, "that you were a hard man to drive.
I am such a waif
and stray everywhere, that I am liable to be drifted where any current may set.
A tide of waifs
, strays, and malcontents of old camps along the river began to set towards Devil's Ford, in very much the same fashion as the debris, drift, and alluvium had been carried down in bygone days and cast upon its banks.
Gradually their talk died out and drowsiness began to steal upon the eyelids of the little waifs
Stryver (after notifying to his jackal that "he had thought better of that marrying matter") had carried his delicacy into Devonshire, and when the sight and scent of flowers in the City streets had some waifs
of goodness in them for the worst, of health for the sickliest, and of youth for the oldest, Sydney's feet still trod those stones.
So the little house was not bare, but made pleasant to their eyes by these waifs
from the wreck, brought them by the tide of sympathy and good-will which soon set in.
But though he had lost his wife, he did not remain solitary in his home, for he opened his doors to a queer collection of waifs
and strays--three women and a man, upon whom he took pity because no one else would.
On gala days the town fires its great guns, which echo like popguns to these woods, and some waifs
of martial music occasionally penetrate thus far.