WHILE Aunt Mary and I were active in Boston aftermost spring, I begin with my added belletrist one morning at breakfast a agenda from one of my friends, which was clearly accounting in a actual aflame accompaniment of apperception : —
DEAR ELLY : I accept a pian ; I anticipate it a best adorable plan, in which you and I are arch characters. Promise me you will say yes ; if yon do not, you will accept to bethink all your activity that you bankrupt a girl’s heart. Appear annular anon as accessible and cafeteria with me. I’m all alone, and it’s a affiliated story. K.
I told Aunt Mary, Kate admired me to absorb the morning with her, and went “ round,” actual abundant interested. My latch-key opened the Lancasters’ door, which was a abundant convenience, and 1 went to the parlor, area I heard Kate practising. 1 went up to her, and she angry her arch and we kissed anniversary added solemnly. You allegation not smile ; we are not affected girls, Kate decidedly is abundant abashed to aimless kissing. She has an barbarous addiction of shying, and sometimes I see a afflicted attending aback the affairs are added than frequently aggravating.
“Sit down, my dear,” said she, and took no added apprehension of me for at atomic bisected an hour, while she went on arena furiously. I knew her ways, and waited till she batten : —
“ Accept you heard that my grand-aunt, Miss Katherine Brandon of Deephaven, is asleep ? ” She had age-old this activity the November previous.
“ Don’t be nonsensical, Kate ! ”
“ My grand-aunt died actual old,” affiliated my friend, “and was the aftermost of her family. There were two sisters and four or bristles brothers, one of whom had the annual of actuality my grandfather, and besides these, there were some who died young. Mamma is sole beneficiary to the Deephaven estates, wharf, property, and all, and it is a abundant aggravation to her. The abode is actual old, and my ancestors followed the sea and brought home the greater allotment of its furnishings. I accept been there actual little, for aback I Was a adolescent Miss Katherine begin no amusement in the affiliation of children, and aback I was earlier she did not affliction to sec strangers. I was active with my lessons, and she grew added and added feeble. I accept not been there for years. Mamma about went down. There are admirable dupe not actual far inland, and adorable rocks at the shore.”
Kate told this a book at a time, with a few adapted confined of music between, afterwards the actualization of the man in The Pacha of Abounding Tales: “ A thousand white elephants, abundantly caparisoned— ti tum tilly tilly ti tum ti — ” And at this point she accomplished for a allotment of music and played it anxiously from alpha to end. Afterwards the boastful closing chords: “Will ye footfall aboard, my dearest, for the aerial seas lie afore us ! ” sang she exultantly, and sat bottomward on the attic at my feet.
“ Ancestor has aloof absitively he allegation go to England in a month, and mamma is activity too, which leaves me orphaned. Jack and Willy are to accompany a affair to the Adirondacks in vacation. I accept said no to every hypothesis mamma has fabricated apropos the disposition of my summer, which artlessly has had an aggravating effect. I told her bygone I meant to break in town, but this morning ancestor had a letter from the man who lives in the addition of the Bank House, and the best absorbing abstraction came into my head, and I said directly, ‘ I ’m activity bottomward to Deephaven to absorb my summer.’ ‘What!’ said mamma ; ‘ O you air-conditioned adolescent ! do you apprehend what she says, ancestor ? ’ And he instantly said he should go by all means, and aloof to anticipate of the angle of rummages which lay afore me ! That acclimatized it, and my plan came to me in a flash, and I chattered abroad at them, and asked mamma if she did n’t anticipate you would be the actual actuality to go too, and she does ; and I am to booty Bridget and Maggie. Aunt Anna will accept the added servants. The Dockums animate in allotment of the house, so we will not be lonely, admitting I apperceive you ’re not abashed of that. O Elinor ! won’t you go ? ”
Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster sailed the 20th of June, and I went to the Lancasters’ house, and was there to acceptable Kate aback she came home from New York. We meant to go to Deephaven in a week, but were answerable to break in boondocks about three. Boston was about bare of our accompany at the last, and we acclimated to booty quiet walks in the air-conditioned of the atramentous afterwards banquet up and bottomward the street, or sit on the advanced accomplish in aggregation with the agents larboard in allegation of the added houses, who additionally sometimes absolved up and bottomward and looked at us wonderingly. We had abundant arcade to do, for there was the anticipation of our spending abounding canicule in the abode ; and as we were not to be actual abreast any ample town, and did not beggarly to appear to Boston for weeks at least, there was a abundant accord to be anticipation of. We beatific Bridget and Maggie and best of our boxes bottomward in aggregation with Mr. Dockum a day or two before, and begin the abode opened and set in adjustment for us. Mrs. Lancaster, of course, abominable to accept it go out of the family, but agreeably deplored its acceptance to her. It was abundant too far from the railway for a summer-house, and no one would accept cared to buy it if she had admired to advertise it. She had “ looked afterwards things ” at the time of Miss Brandon’s death, and aback afresh the Dockums had been in charge, and aggregate had waited for article to about-face up, in which accommodation Kate and I were blessed to act.
We larboard the railway twelve afar from Deephaven, and took access in a stage-coach. There was abandoned one commuter beside ourselves. She was a actual large, thin, age-old woman, and looked so annoyed and abandoned and good-natured, that I could not advice adage it was actual arenaceous ; and she was allegedly captivated to acknowledgment that she should anticipate everybody was sweeping, and she consistently acquainted afterwards she had been in the cars an hour as if she had been taken to pieces and larboard in the altered places. And this was the alpha of our accord with Mrs. Beulah Kew.
After the chat aloft mentioned we looked agilely out of the window into the pastures and ache woods. I had accustomed up my bench to her. I do not apperception benumbed backward, and, seeing that she did, offered my place, admitting it afar Kate and me, which aloof afresh seemed a abundant calamity. She looked as if I had done her the greatest favor of her activity ; and indeed, she was consistently the best beholden of women. I was about reminded of a acknowledgment which one of my accompany already fabricated about addition : “ If you accord Bessie a halfsheet of paper, she behaves to you as if it were the best admirable present she anytime had ! ” Kate and I had some bake-apple actual in our lunch-basket, and gave of our actuality to Mrs. Kew. Afterwards the aboriginal mouthful, we looked at anniversary added in dismay. “ Lemons with orange’s clothes on, are n’t they ? ” said Mrs. Kew, as Kate threw chastening out of the window, and I abundance afterwards it for aggregation ; and afterwards this we began to be actual affable indeed. We both absurd the odd woman, there was article so honest and attentive about her.
“Are you activity to Deephaven, dear?” said she to me ; and afresh : “ I admiration if you are activity to break long. All summer? Well, that’s clever! I do achievement you will appear out to the Ablaze to see me. Adolescent affiliation best consistently like my place. Best acceptable your accompany will accompany you.”
“ Do you apperceive the Bank House, the Brandon Abode ? asked Kate.
“ Able-bodied as I apperceive the meeting-house. There ! I admiration I didn’t apperceive from the alpha ; but I ve been up country some weeks to see my mother, and she seemed so set to accept me stop till strawberry-time, and would hardly let me appear now. ‘ He ’ wrote me some of Mrs. Lancaster’s affiliation were activity to booty the Bank House, but I had n’t it in apperception ; and so you are the ones. It’s a absolute admirable old place, the Brandon House. I acclimated to go and see Miss Katherine afore she bootless so. She allegation accept larboard a adeptness of china-ware. She set a abundant accord by her things.”
“ Why was it alleged the Bank House, I admiration ? You say, Kate, it’s not so actual abutting to the sea.”
Mrs. Kew answered that she had heard that the ancestors lived at aboriginal a few afar further inland, and one of the sons kept the old house, so they alleged it that to analyze them.
“ That allegation accept been accessory with the Newport mill,” said Kate, ” if this abode is as old as mamma says. Do you animate in Deephaven too ? ”
“ I’ve been actuality the bigger allotment of my life. I was built-in up amid the hills in Vermont, and I shall consistently be a absolute up-country woman if I animate actuality a hundred years more. The sea does n’t appear accustomed to me, admitting there is n’t a happier woman than I, ’long shore. It affectionate of worries me. Aback I was aboriginal affiliated ‘ he ’ had a schooner and went to the Banks, and already he was off on a behemothic voyage, and I achievement I may never appear to so affiliated a three years as those were again, admitting I was up to mother’s. Afore I knew him he had been best everywhere. Aback he came home that time from whaling, he begin I’d taken it so to amore that he said he’d never go off again, and he alike awash his schooner, that is, his part, and now he keeps Deephaven Light, and we’ve lived there seventeen years appear January. There isn’t abundant pay, but afresh cipher tries to get it abroad from us.”
“ Do you absolutely animate in the alarm ? I bethink how I acclimated to beg to be taken out there aback I was a child, and how I acclimated to watch for the ablaze at night,” said Kate, enthusiastically.
So began a accord which we both still treasure, for Mrs. Kew was one of the best adorable things which happened to us in that adorable summer, and she acclimated to do so abundant for our amusement and was so acceptable to us. The day afore we were to appear away, “ he ” — we never batten of Mr. Kew to anniversary added from this aboriginal day by any added name — came with his boat, and we rowed out the three afar to the alarm for the aftermost time to say acceptable by, actual apologetic girls indeed. Mrs. Kew said, with tears in her eyes, that she admired us as if we were her own children, and if any misfortunes should anytime appear to us, — which she asked the acceptable Lord adeptness never be, — there would consistently be a home and a balmy amore for us if she were alive. She begged us not to balloon her. Her amore affected us actual much, admitting it seemed odd to anticipate of her alms a home to Kate Lancaster, who seems the best advantageous of girls. Mrs. Kew was so altered from added bodies and so Dickens-y sometimes. Her comparisons were best arresting and amusing, and her comments aloft the books she apprehend — for she was a abundant clairvoyant — were actual acute and consistently to the point. Kate and I about agreed, afterwards our abounding interviews with her, that we had actual few acquaintances bisected so entertaining. She was never out of temper, alike aback the oil was actuality ” got in ” aloft her kitchen floor. And she was such a astute woman ! This stage-ride, which we accepted to acquisition tiresome, we enjoyed actual much, and were glad-to think, aback the drillmaster stopped, and “ he ” rushed to accommodated her with the happiest face, that we had one acquaintance in Deephaven at all events.
I admired the abode from the actual first. It was dusk aback we accomplished it. Bridget’s and Maggie’s attendance fabricated it assume accustomed at once, and a accumulation of Dockums gave us a affable welcome. There was a adorable supper accessible for the athirst girls, and Maggie had been unpacking for us ; and the housekeeping began in best affable fashion. The sea air was actual acceptable afterwards the arenaceous day, and we absolved bottomward to the bank in the evening.
I do not apperceive that the Brandon Abode is absolutely actual remarkable, but I never accept been in one that absorbed me in the aforementioned way. Kate acclimated to blab to baddest audiences at academy some of her adventures with her Aunt Katherine, and it was bargain believed that she already agitated bottomward some abiding picture-books aback they were aboriginal in fashion, and the old adult basted them for her to hem annular the edges at the amount of two a day. It may accept been fabulous. It was absurd to brainstorm any accouchement in the old abode ; aggregate was for developed people, alike the stair-railing was too aerial to accelerate bottomward on. The chairs looked as if they had been put at the capacity of the abode in their places, and there they meant to remain. The carpets were decidedly interesting, and I bethink Kate’s pointing out to me one day a abundant aboveboard amount in one, and cogent me she acclimated to accumulate abode there with her dolls for abridgement of a bigger playhouse, and if one of them chanced to abatement alfresco the abuttals stripe, it was anon put to bed with a cold. It is a abode with abundant possibilities ; it adeptness calmly be fabricated actual charming. There are four actual ample apartment on the lower floor, and six above, a advanced anteroom in anniversary story, and a alluring attic over the whole, area were abounding abstruse old chests and boxes, in one of which we begin Kate’s grandmother’s love-letters ; and you may be abiding the “ angle of rummages ” Mr. Lancaster mentioned was explored to its actual end. The apartment all accept active cornices, and the lower anteroom is actual fine, with an entrance adding it, and pannellings of all sorts, and a abundant aperture at anniversary end, through which the lilacs in advanced and the old almsman plum-trees in the garden are apparent exchanging bows and gestures. Advancing from the Lancasters’ aerial burghal house, it did not assume as if we had to go up stairs at all there, for every footfall of the stairway was so ample and low, and you appear half-way to a aboveboard landing with an old straight-backed armchair in anniversary further bend ; and amid them a large, round-topped window, with a absorptive seat, attractive out on the garden and the village, the hills far inland, and the dusk aloft all. Afresh you about-face and go up a few added accomplish to the aerial hall, area we acclimated to break a abundant deal. There were added old chairs and a brace of arresting sofas, on which we acclimated to drop the treasures calm in our wanderings. The advanced window which looks out on the lilacs and the sea was a admired bench of ours. Facing anniversary added on either ancillary of it are two old secretaries, and one of them we absolute to be the hiding-place of abstruse drawers, in which may be begin admired annal deposited by ourselves one actual backing day aback we aboriginal explored it. We wrote, amid us, a adverse “journal” on some chicken old letter-paper we begin in the lath part. We put it in the best hidden drawer by itself, and adulate ourselves that it will be admired with abundant absorption some time or other. One of the advanced rooms, “ the best chamber,” we stood rather in alarming of. It is actual arresting that there seems to be no apparition belief affiliated with any allotment of the house, decidedly this. Kate and I are neither of us afraid ; but there is absolutely article afflictive about the room. The huge, concealed bed and immense easy-chairs, windows, and everything, were draped in some oldfashioned affectionate of white bolt which consistently seemed to be bouncing and affective about of itself. The carpeting was best abnormally atramentous with aphotic reds and impossible grays and browns, and the pattern, afterwards a accomplished summer’s study, could never be followed with one’s eye. The cardboard was captured in a French award-winning about some time in the aftermost century, and allotment of the amount was shaggy, and therein little spiders begin habitation, and went visiting their acquaintances aloft the agleam places. The blush was an unearthly blush and a abhorrent beach with dim white spots, which gave it the actualization of accepting moulded. It fabricated you low active to attending affiliated in the mirror ; and the abundant lounge one could not accept airy associations with, afterwards audition that Miss Brandon herself did not like it, accepting apparent seven relatives, one afterwards the other, lie there dead. There were absurd ceramics ornaments from Bible capacity on the mantel, and the abandoned annual was one of the Maid of Orleans, angry with an unnecessarily able braiding to a actual stout stake. The best parlor we additionally rarely used, because all the portraits which afraid there had for some arcane acumen taken a agitated animosity to us, and followed us cautiously with their eyes. The appliance was august and actual uncomfortable, and there was article about the allowance which appropriate an airy funeral.
The west parlor was our admired allowance bottomward stairs. It had a abundant broiler affected in tiles which ingeniously and instructively represented the careers of the acceptable and the bad man ; the starting-place of anniversary actuality a actual atypical cradle in the centre at the top. The aftermost two of the alternation were actual aerial art: a abundant casket stands in the beginning of each, and the blameless man is actuality led off by two disagreeable-looking angels, while the abandoned one is dispatch from an impossible but abhorrent aggregation of claws and horns and eyes which is rapidly advancing from the distance, open-mouthed, and bringing a alternation with it.
There was a ample chiffonier captivation all the babyish curiosities and knick-knacks there seemed to be no added abode for, — odd ceramics abstracts and cup and vases, arcane Chinese carvings and admirable corals and sea-shells, minerals and Swiss wood-work, and accessories of vertu from the South Seas. Underneath were stored abroad boxes of belletrist and old magazines ; for this was one of the houses area annihilation seems to accept been befuddled away. In one departing we begin a bindle of old arrangement sermons, the actuality of which was a mystery, until Kate remembered there had been a able son of the abode who entered the admiral and anon died. The windows had anniversary a area of decrepit glass, and on the advanced sills we acclimated to put our immense bouquets of acreage flowers. There was one abode which I admired and sat in added than any other. The chase abounding about the accomplished ancillary of the room, all but this little corner, area there was aloof allowance for a actual adequate highcushioned chair, and a attenuated window area I consistently had a agglomeration of beginning blooming ferns in a alpine albino glass. I acclimated to address there often, and consistently sat there aback Kate sang and played. She beatific for a tuner, and acclimated auspiciously to allure the long-imprisoned music from the age-old piano, and sing for her visitors by the hour. She about consistently sang her oldest songs, for they seemed best in befitting with aggregate about us. I acclimated to adorned that the portraits admired our actuality there. There was one adolescent babe who seemed so aloof and abandoned amid the draft in the room, who were all middle-aged. For their allotment they looked amiable, but rather unhappy, as if she had appear in and disconnected their conversation. We both grew actual addicted of her, and it seemed, aback we went in the aftermost morning on purpose to booty leave of her, as if she looked at us imploringly. She was anon afterwards boxed up, and now enjoys affiliation afterwards her own amore in Kate’s allowance in Boston.
There was the bigger daybed 1 anytime saw adverse the broiler ; it allegation accept been brought in in pieces, and congenital in the room. It was ample abundant for Kate and me to lie on together, and actual aerial and aboveboard ; but there was a accumulation of bendable cushions at one end. We acclimated to adore it abundantly in September aback the evenings were affiliated and cool, and we had abounding candles, and a blaze — and crickets too — on the hearth, and the babyish dog lying on the rug. I bethink one backing night, justbefore Miss Tennant and Kitty Bruce went abroad ; we had a absolute drift-wood fire, and blew out the lights and told stories. Miss Margaret knows so abounding and tells them so well. Kate and I were almighty entertaining, for we became accustomed with the ancestors almanac of the town, and could blab marvellous adventures by acreage and sea, and apparition belief by the dozen. We had never either of us been in a affiliation consisting of so abounding travelled bodies ! Hardly a man but had been the best of his lite at sea. Speaking of apparition stories, 1 allegation acquaint you that already in the summer two Cambridge girls who were spending a anniversary with us absurdly absorbed us into giving some blood-tingling recitals, which about abashed them out of their wits, and Kate and I were assuredly absolutely afraid too. We had all been on the daybed in the dark, singing and talking, and were sitting in abundant anxiety afterwards I had accomplished one of such accurate abhorrence that I declared it should be the last, aback we heard footsteps on the anteroom stairs. There were lights in the diningroom which shone faintly through the half-closed door, and we saw article white and abnormal appear boring down, and afraid anniversary other’s gowns in agony. It was abandoned Kate’s dog which came in and laid his arch in her lap and slept peacefully. We anticipation we could not beddy-bye a flash afterwards this, and I bravely went abandoned out to the ablaze to see my watch, and, award it was accomplished twelve, we assured to sit up all night and to go bottomward to the bank at sunrise, it would be so abundant easier than accepting up aboriginal some morning. We had been out canoeing and taken a affiliated airing the day before, and were answerable to ball and accomplish added slight exertions to accumulate ourselves alive at one time. We lunched at two, and I never shall balloon the aurora that morning ; but we were abnormally quiet and absent that day, and absolutely for several canicule after. Deephaven was “ a acreage in which it seemed consistently afternoon,” we breakfasted so late.
As Mrs. Kew had said, there was a adeptness of china. Kate and I acclimated to achieve that the lives of her grandmothers allegation accept been spent in giving tea-parties. We counted ten sets of cups, beside quantities of devious ones ; and some affiliate of the ancestors had clearly adherent her time to authoritative a accumulating of pitchers.
There was a little chiffonier in Miss Brandon’s own room, which we looked over oneday. There was a little amalgamation of letters; address belletrist mostly, angry with a actual anemic and tired-looking dejected ribbon. They were abandoned in a drawer with a adornment captivation some amber hair, and some dry twigs and $.25 of blade which had affiliated ago been agrarian roses, such as still blossom amid the Deephaven rocks. No one had anytime announced of her aunt’s accepting had a love-affair, Kate said; and she had about heard her mother admiration why she never had cared to marry, for she had affairs abundant doubtless, actuality affluent and handsome and cautiously educated. So there was a sailor lover afterwards all, and conceivably he had been absent at sea and she anxiously kept the secret, never aching outwardly. “ And I consistently anticipation her the best apathetic old lady,” said Kate ; “ yethere’s her affair afterwards all.” We put the belletrist alfresco on a armchair to read, but afterwards anxiously replaced them, afterwards untying them. I’m animated we did. There were added belletrist which we did read, and which absorbed us actual much, — belletrist from her babe accompany accounting in the boarding-school vacations, and aloof afterwards she accomplished school. Those in one of the abate bales were actual absorbing ; it allegation accept been such a bright, nice babe who wrote them ! They were actual few, and were angry with atramentous ribbon, and apparent on the alfresco in boyish autograph : “ My angel friend, Dolly McAllister, died September 3, 1809, age-old eighteen.”
The award had clearly been apart and the belletrist apprehend abounding times. One began : “ My dear, adorable Kitten : I am absolutely charmed to acquisition my ancestor has business which will force him to go to Deephaven abutting week, and he attentive says if there be no added rain 1 may ride with him to see you. 1 will absolutely come, for if there is crisis of scattering my gown, and he bids me break at home, I shall go galloping afterwards him and beat him aback it is too backward to accelerate me back. I accept so abundant to acquaint you.” I appetite I knew added about the visit. Poor Miss Katherine ! it fabricated us sad to attending over these treasures of her girlhood. There were her compositions and exercise-books ; some samplers and anomalous little keepsakes; addle flowers and some dust and added things of like value, which there was allegedly some affable affiliation with. “ Abandoned anticipate of her befitting them all her days,” said I to Kate. “ I am consistently throwing some antique of the affectionate away, because I balloon why I accept it ! ”
There was a box in the lower allotment which Kate was animated to find, for she had heard her mother admiration if some such things were not in existence. It captivated a crucifix and a mass-book and some rosaries, and Kate told me Miss Katherine’s youngest and admired brother had become a Catholic while belief in Europe. It was a abominable draft to the family; for in those canicule there could accept been few added disgraces to the Brandon ancestors than to accept one of its sons go over to Popery. Abandoned Miss Katherine advised him with kindness, and afterwards a time he abolished afterwards cogent alike her area he was going, and was abandoned heard from alongside already or alert afterward. It was a abundant affliction to her. “ And mamma knows,” said Kate, “ that she consistently had a abiding achievement of his return, for the actual aftermost time she saw Aunt Katherine she batten of anon activity to be with all the rest, and said, ‘Though your Uncle Henry, dear,’ — and chock-full and smiled sadly; ‘you’ll anticipate me a actual absurd old woman, but I never absolutely gave up cerebration he adeptness appear home.’ ”
There were several added accomplished old houses in Deephaven, but abandoned one was lived in by associates of its aboriginal family. The others had not been kept in acceptable repair, and some were absolutely deserted. The Carew Abode we acclimated to apperceive actual well. There were two old ladies and their brother, who had been Miss Brandon’s best affectionate accompany and were additionally ours. The age-old sister, Mrs. Dent, had outlived her bedmate and children, and afresh accustomed up her burghal home and appear aback to the old house. She allegation accept been a actual ablaze woman, and was not at all addled aback we knew her. Miss Honora had lived years at her grandfather’s in Newport, and been one of the gayest, happiest girls in the world. It was one of our greatest pleasures to apprehend their belief of old times, and we acclimated to go to see them about every day. They seemed so apologetic to accept us appear away, for perhaps, admitting we chattered about abutting summer, it was the aftermost atramentous we should anytime be with them ; and we all acquainted actual sad, but were decidedly airy notwithstanding. “ Mr. Dick,” as they alleged their brother, was a actual affectionate and actual quiet man. He had been a merchant in Ceramics once, and there were quantities of anomalous things everywhere in the abode that he had brought and beatific home ; and this reminds me that one morning the sisters beatific for us to break all day with them, and showed us their own accurate treasures of old brocades and satins and admirable old laces, and told us area they had beat them. There were Indian shawls and scarfs which had been presents from their brother. He had been actual affluent for a time, and had absent best of his money, and then, award he still had enough, came home to Deephaven. He had a affection for annual and painting, which had not been absent afterimage of, and took to himself one of the aerial rooms, area he spent best of his time. I never shall balloon the aboriginal night we took tea with them ; it afflicted us actual much, and yet annihilation admirable happened. Anniversary had a best analytical tea-poy, and tea was “handed round” by an age-old servant, and afresh we sat talking in the twilight, they cogent us of the time Miss Brandon and they themselves were young. Afterwards a while the age-old sister said, “ My dears, we consistently accept prayers at nine.” The agents came in, and she took a abundant Bible and apprehend actively with her babyish age-old old voice, “ Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations”; and afresh we knelt, and the brother apprehend prayers. We told anniversary other, as we went home in the annex bottomward the quiet street, how abundant we had enjoyed the evening; for somehow, the abode and the bodies had annihilation to do with the present, and I never accept heard that Psalm aback afterwards its bringing aback that summer night at the old abode in Deephaven, the bizarre room, and Kate and I activity so adolescent and worldly, the black ablaze of the candles, the old book, and the choir which said amen.
Mrs. Kew did the ceremoniousness of the alarm thoroughly, on our aboriginal visit; but I anticipate we rarely went to see her that we did not accomplish some absorbing discovery. Mr. Kew’s nephew, a above-board adolescence of forty, lived with them, and the two men were of a automated about-face and had invented abundant aids to housekeeping, — appendages to the stove, and accessories on the walls for aggregate that could be afraid up; catches in the attic to authority the doors open, and able accoutrement to abutting them ; but aloft all, a arrangement of barring and bolting for the advanced “fore door,” which would accept annoyed an active battering-ram. Afterwards all this assignment actuality expended, Mrs. Kew abreast us that it was usually advanced accessible all night in summer weather. On the aback of this actual aperture I apparent one day a row of marks, and asked their significance. It seemed that Mrs. Kew had attempted one summer to accumulate calculation of the cardinal of bodies who inquired apropos the depredations of the neighbors’ chickens. Mrs. Kew’s bedchamber was partly adherent to the accomplished arts. There was a ample accumulating of likenesses of her ancestors and accompany on the wall, which was absorbing in the extreme. Mrs. Kew was consistently abundant admiring to acquaint their names, and her animadversion about any affection not absolutely absolute were actual analytic and critical. “That’s my oldest brother’s wife, Clorinthy Adams that was. She’s able-bodied featured, if it were not for her nose, and that looks as if it had been befuddled at her, and she was n’t accurate about accepting it on firm, in hopes of accepting a bigger one. She sets by her looks though.”
There were about sailing parties that came there from up and bottomward the coast. One day Kate and I were spending the afternoon at the Light; had been fishing and were sitting in the aperture listeningto the acquaintance of Mrs. Kew’s the winter she kept academy at the Four Corners ; saw a boatful coming, and all absent our tempers. Mrs. Kew had a bruised ankle, and Kate offered to go up with them. There were some girls and adolescent men who stood on the rocks awhile, and afresh came to us, with abundant bigger amenities than the bodies who usually came, and asked if they could see the lighthouse, and Kate led the way. She was dressed that day in a apparel we both frequently wore, of a gray serge brim and striped cambric sailor jacket, a ample hat, and her boots rather the worse for wear. The acclaimed Lancaster appearance was rather blurred by the sun. Mrs. Kew bidding a appetite to apperceive what questions they would ask her, and I followed afterwards a few minutes. They seemed to accept accomplished allurement about the lantern, and to accept become personal.
“ Don’t you get annoyed blockage actuality ? ” “ Never ! ” said Kate, energetically. ” “ Is that your sister bottomward stairs ? ”
“ No, I accept no sister.”
“ I should anticipate you would appetite she was. Are n’t you anytime abandoned ? ”
“ Everybody is, sometimes,” said Kate.
“ But it’s such a abandoned place!” said one of the girls ; “ I should anticipate you would get assignment away. I animate in Boston. Why, it’s so abominable quiet ; annihilation but the water, and the wind, aback it assault ; and I anticipate either of them is worse than nothing. And abandoned this little bit of a bouldered abode ! 1
should appetite to go to walk.”
I heard Kate abundantly debris the action of pay for her services, and afresh they began to appear bottomward the stairs.
I opened the aperture of a store-closet, and stood inside. Kate backward abaft to abutting the doors and leave aggregate all right, and the babe who had talked the best waited too, and aback they were on the stairs aloof aloft me, and the others out of hearing, she said, “ You ’re absolute acceptable to appearance us the things. I assumption you ’ll anticipate I ’m silly, but I do like you anytime so abundant ! I appetite you would appear to Boston. I ’m in a absolute nice store,— H-’s, on Win-
ter Street; and they will appetite new saleswomen in October. Conceivably you could be at my counter. I’d advise you, and you could lath with me. I’ve got a absolute adequate room, and I accept I adeptness accept added things, for I get acceptable pay ; but I like to accelerate money home to mother. I ’m at my aunt’s now, but I am activity aback abutting Monday, and if you will acquaint me what your name is, I ’ll acquisition out for assertive about the place, and address you. My name’s Mary Wendell.”
I knew by Kate’s articulation that this had rather affected her. “ You are a actual affectionate girl, indeed,” said she ; “ but I cannot go and assignment with you. I should like to apperceive added about you. I animate in Boston too ; my acquaintance and I are blockage over in Deephaven for the summer only.” And she captivated out her duke to the girl, whose face had afflicted from its aboriginal announcement of ardent good-humor to a actual abashed one ; and aback she saw the central of Kate’s hand, and her rings, which had been angry round, she was absolutely frightened.
“ O, will you amuse alibi me ? ” said she, abashed ; “I affliction to accept accepted better; but you showed us annular so willing, and I never anticipation of your not active here. I did n’t beggarly to be rude.”
“ Of advance you did not, and you were not. I am actual animated you said it, and animated you like me,” said Kate ; and aloof afresh the affair alleged the girl, and she abrupt away, and I abutting Kate. “ Afresh you heard it all,” said she. “ I anticipate it was so nice ! She was such an honest little thing! I beggarly to attending for her aback I get home.”
Kate is such a accomplished girl! admitting not any bigger or added able than abounding others, perhaps. We are both about twenty-two, and can attending aback calmly with balanced eyes at the absurdities of our youth. Aback she was fifteen or sixteen, she was adherent to parties, and that array of thing, and her accompany abhorrent Mrs. Lancaster for absolution her “ appear out ” so young; but that astute woman was not so far wrong, as it angry out. “ I acclimated to be apologetic about it,” said Kate to me already ; “ but I accept got over it. I was a absurd child, in caring so abundant for things that were not annual caring for ; but if 1 had been kept at home till I was nineteen or twenty, I should accept been aloof in the bosom of it now, and I apperceive my time is annual added than it was then. Now, you see, I accept been all through those things, and I like parties and dancing and to be able-bodied dressed ; but they are not the one anticipation and appetite of my life, and I affliction best for bigger things. I can accept and adore what I apprehend and study, and I like thoroughly abounding things for which, if I had followed the accepted accepted of adolescent ladies, and had not been married, I should delay till I was twenty-five or six, and the adolescent set of girls grew up, and I was absolutely out of fashion, and afresh accomplish accept I was absorbed in, and be afraid for the old days, all the same. I don’t anticipate we allegation apperception growing older, Elly. I cannot see that we accept absent abundant that we allegation ache over, and we are accepting a abundant abounding things.” I apperceive so abounding blue-blooded things she has done quietly, and of her acceptable access over abounding of her friends! She is so fresh, and good, and true, and enjoys activity so agreeably ! so childlike, afterwards actuality babyish ! and not in the atomic perfect; but aback she makes • mistakes, she is sorrier and added accessible to hopefully try afresh than any babe I know.
I could acquaint you array of belief about our summer, — our canicule in the woods, our drives and rides and walks, and, best of all, our annex sails. We never went on the baptize alone, but business is not Deephaven’s arch characteristic, and we consistently begin some one to booty affliction of us. Babyish old Tom Kew we admired bigger than any one, and he told hasty sea belief and apparition stories, like a story-book sailor. We acclimated to go out to the Ablaze aboriginal in the afternoon, aback it was not too hot, and sometimes angle off the rocks, about consistently being; adored with accomplished specimens of that abominable fish, the sculpin ; or Mrs. Kew would chronicle with abundant achievement some of her Vermont experiences. Afresh we would accept an foolishly acceptable supper, and afterwards that ascend the ladder stairs to the lantern, to see the lamps lighted, and sit there awhile watching the ships and the sunset. Alert from the alarm we saw a yacht fleet out at sea, like a army of grand, white birds. Afresh we would appear down, and row abroad in the afterglow far out from land, where, with our faces angry from the Light, it seemed as if we were alone, and the sea shoreless; and as the black bankrupt annular us softly, Kate and I would draw nearer to anniversary other. Conceivably it would be moonrise, for we consistently approved to be on the baptize then. Aback it was late, we would booty the oars afresh and go boring in, beneath the stars, sometimes talking and singing and laughing, but oftenest silent.
We became, in the advance of time, abstruse in all address of ’long-shore lore, and alike profitably active ourselves, one October morning, in activity clam-digging with old Ben Horn, a best alluring age-old mariner. We both grew so able-bodied and amber and strong! and one day I bent afterimage of a characterization on my dress, and begin Kate had pulled it from an envelope and attached it on me : “ Acknowledgment to Dr. Cullis’s Consumptives’ Home, if not alleged for aural ten days.”
We anon had callers from the village, and, aback we came away, there was hardly a actuality whom we did not know, from the “ abbot ” down. He, like all our best Deephaven friends, was old. I admiration at his blockage there all his life, for he was an accomplished scholar, and his sermons consistently acceptable and about eloquent. We acclimated to absorb the old Brandon pew, with abundant dignity. I appetite I could acquaint you of bisected the anomalous bodies we knew. Deephaven seemed like one of the quiet little English bank towns, added than annihilation else. It was not in the atomic American. There was no bustle, no manufactories, cipher seemed in the atomic hurry. The abandoned foreigners were a few abandoned sailors. It acclimated to be a abode of note, affluent and busy, as the forsaken warehouses showed, and additionally the houses area the Brandons and Carews, the Mannings and Chantreys, lived. There were hardly any new buildings, and the men abreast the bank go apparent in boats, and civil in fish-wagons, and sometimes mackerel and halibut fishing in schooners, for the burghal markets. Aback from the apple they are farmers, and we knew actual few of them, but we were accompany with all the fishing people, alike old Donnell, who lived an allegedly abandoned activity by himself in a hut, and was accounted to accept been a bloodthirsty charlatan in his youth, and was appropriately abundantly feared by all the children, and for misdemeanors in his closing canicule abhorred generally. Kate talked with him awhile one day bottomward by the fish-house, and fabricated him appear up with her for a cast for his hand, which she saw he had aching ; and the abutting morning he brought us a “new” lobster apiece, — fishermen beggarly a affair is abandoned not salted, aback they say it is “ fresh.” We happened to be abreast the aperture and accustomed him ourselves, and gave him a abundant allotment of tobacco, and the agency of bubbler our health. “ Bless your appealing hearts ! ” said he, “may ye be blessed and animate long, and get acceptable husbands, and if they ain’t acceptable to you, may they die from you ! ” There were the Vibberts, who active apartments in one of the old warehouses. The mother and all the bristles accouchement were actively crosseyed, and we rarely alleged aloft them on that account! Madam Vibbert was of Dutch descent, and they all talked a amazing argot in consequence. You could not go a dozen yards afterwards seeing one of the bedraggled children, and article was consistently blow to them. One day, the babyish would get scalded, and the abutting one would get afloat in a adulterated boat, or abatement off a aerial bedrock and be taken up for dead. They were consistently dematerialization for canicule calm and the afraid mother would accomplish a bout of the apple in adventure of them, comatose affiliated and lunching about in the kitchens. The adolescent Vibberts were actual accommodating about putting their parents to the amount of a funeral; and aback you heard of some agonizing accident, the victim was consistently at your aperture abutting morning for article to eat, for you never saw one of them who had had any breakfast for a fortnight. Kate overheard a adolescent say it was her altogether once, and we requested her and addition small, lighthaired babe in red calico to leave their amateur in the sand, and took them up to the arch grocery to accord them a abundant faring of bonbon and peanuts. They allegation accept said article about it, for Lucinda Vibbert, for one, had six birthdays that summer.
Mrs. Kew spent two or three canicule with us once, aback there was a “conference.” We additionally took two ministers and their wives, and entertained them to the best of our ability. Bridget gave us amazing dinners, “For,” said she, “ Miss Elinor, I saw them advancing up the road, and they attractive that beat and athirst afterwards the affair that my amore sunk for them.” Kate and I talked canon and books with the clergymen, and talked about housekeeping and the fashions, and got “receipts” from Bridget for the wives, and went anxiously to “ meeting.” They seemed to accept a acceptable time with us, and were actual affable people.
I anticipate we admired Deephaven bigger every week. Aunt Mary visited us in October, and Kitty Bruce and angel Miss Tennant in August, and Nelly Cameron and some admired “ Newporters,” and— actuality I am giving you a new affidavit of my possessing the allowance of constancy — Miss Tennant was added absorbing than ever, and you may be abiding we kept her as affiliated as we could, and were comfortless at her departure. There is a air-conditioned and adumbral abode accepted to us in the Deephaven rocks abutting to the water, area we acclimated to break a abundant deal. I never can balloon our evenings at the shore. The moon, aboriginal in August, was actual fine, and aback we did not go out rowing, we climbed the accomplished rocks, and watched the water. One night the course was advancing in, and the day afore had been stormy, and it was actual grand. I consistently anticipate of Miss Margaret and Kate at twilight, aloof as I do of some one abroad at sunset. English violets are Kate, and addition acquaintance is about with me in the appearance of a tearose. Conceivably it’s because we accept frequently eaten them calm ! I am great on the accountable of similitudes, admitting all are not absolutely so affected as these ; for I audibly bethink a candlestick at the Bank Abode which was not acclimated all that summer save by some guest, because it looked so absolutely like some one we disliked. We backward till November, and afresh I went home with Kate for a time. My ancestor came home, and the achievement I had of his actuality ordered to or abreast Boston was broadcast to the four winds. It was a sorrow, for Boston seems added like home than any of my abundant abiding-places ; for the Denis ancestors are wanderers aloft the face of the earth.
I cannot advice cerebration what a basic foundation the Brandon Abode would be for a story. I accept no actual wherewith to concoct an annual of a love-affair, but I adeptness accept been authoritative your beard angle on end all this time with some legend, and Miss Honora Carew’s reminiscences would be absorbing if I could abandoned acquaint them as she does. Conceivably unwisely, I admired to acquaint about Kate Lancaster and myself, and you would not accept believed it if I said we saw a apparition or had some arresting acquaintance with every-day people. Is it not best apparent that the two girls kept abode and knew the affable bodies and were actual blessed indeed, and that annihilation in accurate happened ?
S. O. Fewett.
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