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“New potatoes and string beans from the aft garden. Stale bread made into milk toast to be served as a course. Then, not that it has anything to do with the case, but just to give a style to the meal, Julia has made a salad out of the newspaper.”
Nancy created a diversion by swooning on the grass; a feat which had given her great fame in charades.
“It was only the memory of Julia’s last newspaper salad!” she murmured when the usual restoratives had been applied. “Prithee, poppet, what hast dropped into the dish to-day?”
Julia was laughing too much to be wholly intelligible, but read from a scrap in her apron pocket: “‘Any fruit in season, cold beans or peas, minced cucumber, English walnuts, a few cubes of cold meat left from dinner, hard boiled eggs in slices, flecks of ripe tomatoes and radishes to perfect the color scheme, a dash of onion juice, dash of paprika, dash of rich cream.’ I have left out the okra, the shallot, the estragon, the tarragon, the endive, the hearts of artichoke, the Hungarian peppers and the haricot beans because we hadn’t any;–do you think it will make any difference, Aunt Marg aret?”
“It will,” said Nancy oracularly, “but all to the good.”
“Rather a dull salad I call it,” commented Gilbert. “Lacks the snap of the last one. No mention of boned sprats, or snails in aspic, calves’ foot jelly, iced humming birds, pickled edelweiss, or any of those things kept habitually in the cellars of families like ours. No dash of Jamaica ginger or Pain-killer or sloe gin or sarsaparilla to give it piquancy. Unless Julia can find a paper that gives more up-to-date advice to its country subscribers, we’ll have to transfer her from the kitchen department to the woodshed.”
Julia’s whole attitude, during this discussion of her recent culinary experiments, was indicative of the chang nike air max 95 e that was slowly taking place in her point of view. The Careys had a large sense of humor, from mother down as far as Peter, who was still in the tadpole stage of it. They chaffed one another on all occasions, for the most part courteously and with entire good nature. Leigh Hunt speaks of the anxiety of certain persons to keep their minds quiet lest any motion be clumsy, and Julia’s concern had been of this variety; but four or five months spent in a household where mental operations, if not deep, were incredibly quick, had made her a little more elasti nike air max 90 c. Mother Carey had always said that if Julia had any sense of humor she would discover for herself what a solemn prig she was, and mend her ways, and it seemed as if this might be true in course of time.
“What’ll we do with all the milk?” now demanded Peter, who had carried it all the way from the Pophams’, and to whom it appeared therefore of exaggerated importance.
“Angel boy!” cried Nancy, embracing him. “The only practical member of the family! What wouldst thou suggest?”
“Drink it,” was the terse reply.
“And so’t shall be, my liege! Fetch the beaker, lackey,” identifying Cyril with a royal gesture. “Also crystal water from the well, which by the command of our Cousin Ann will speedily flow in a pipe within the castle walls. There are healths to be drunk this day when we assemble under the Hamilton maple, and first and most loyally the health of our American Consul at Breslau, Germany!”
Chapter 25 “Following The Gleam”
If the summer months had brought many changes to the dwellers in the Yellow House and the House of Lords, the autumn was responsible for many more. Cousin Ann’s improvements were set in nike air max 1 motion and were promised to be in full force before cold weather set in, and the fall term at Beulah Academy had opened with six new, unexpected, and interesting students. Happily for the Careys and happily for Beulah, the old principal, a faithful but uninspired teacher, had been called to Massachusetts to fill a higher position; and only a few days before the beginning of the term, a young college man, Ralph Thurston, fresh from Bowdoin and needing experience, applied for and received the appointment. The thrill of rapture that ran like an electric current through cheap nike air max trainers the persons of the feminine students when they beheld Ralph Thurston for the first time,–dignified, scholarly, unmistakably the gentleman,–beheld him mount the platform in the assembly room, and knew him for their own, this can better be imagined than described! He was handsome, he was young, he had enough hair (which their principals seldom had possessed), he did not wear spectacles, he had a pleasing voice, and a manner of speaking that sent tremors of delight up and down a thirteen-year-old spine. He had a merry wit and a hearty laugh, but one had only to look at him closely to feel that he had borne burdens and that his attainments had been bought with a price. He was going to be difficult to please, and the girls of all ages drew deep breaths of anticipation and knew that they should study as never before. The vice-principal, a lady of fine attainments, was temporarily in eclipse, and such an astounding love for the classics swept through young Beulah that nobody could understand it. Ralph Thurston taught Latin and Greek himself, but parents did not at first observe the mysterious connection between cause and effect. It was all very young and artless and innocent; helpful an Air Max 1 d stimulating too, for Thurston was no budding ladies’ man, but a thoroughly good fellow, manly enough to attract the boys and hold their interest.
The entrance of the four Careys and two Lords into the list of students had an inspiring effect upon the whole school. So far as scholarship was concerned they were often outstripped by their country neighbors, but the Careys had seen so much of the world that they had a great deal of general culture, and the academy atmosphere was affected by it. Olive, Nancy, and Gilbert went into the highest class; Kathleen, Julia, and Cyril into the one below.
The intimacy of Nancy and Olive was a romantic and ardent one. Olive had never nike air max sale had a real companion in her life; Nancy’s friends dotted the universe wherever she had chanced to live. Olive was uncommunicative, shy, and stiff with all but a chosen few; Nancy was at ease in all assemblies. It was Nancy’s sympathy and enthusiasm and warmth that attracted Olive Lord, and it was the combination of Olive’s genius and her need of love, that held Nancy.
Never were two human creatures more unlike in their ways of thought. Olive had lived in Beulah seven years, and knew scarcely any one because of her f cheap nike air max ather’s eccentricities and his indifference to the world; but had you immured Nancy in a convent she would have made a large circle of acquaintances from the window of her cell, before a month passed over her head. She had an ardent interest in her fellow creatures, and whenever they strayed from the strict path of rectitude, she was consumed with a desire to set them straight. If Olive had seen a drunken man lying in a ditch, she would scarcely have looked at him, much less inquired his name. Nancy would have sat by until he recovered himself, if possible, or found somebody to take him to his destination. As for the delightful opportunity of persuading him of his folly, she would have jumped at the chance when she was fifteen or sixteen, but as she grew older she observed a little more reticence in these delicate matters, at least when she was endeavoring to reform her elders. She had succeeded in making young Nat Harmon stop cigarette smoking, but he was privately less convinced of the error of his ways than he was bewitched b cheap nike air max y Nancy. She promised readily to wear a blue ribbon and sit on the platform in the Baptist Chapel at the Annual Meeting of the Junior Temperance League. On the eve of the affair she even would gladly have made a speech when the president begged her to do so, but the horror-stricken Olive succeeded in stopping her, and her mother firmly stood by Olive.
“Oh! all right; I don’t care a bit about it, Muddy,” she answer nike air max 90 sale ed nonchalantly. “Only there is something splendid about rising from a band of blue-ribboned girls and boys and addressing the multitude for a great cause.” “What do you know about this great cause, Nancy dear, at your age?”
“Oh, not much! but you don’t have to know much if you say it loud and clear to the back settees. I’ve watched how it goes! It was thrilling when we gave ‘Esther the Beautiful Queen’ in the Town Hall; when we waved our hands and sang ‘Haman! Haman! Long live Haman!’ I almost fainted with joy.”
“It was very good; I liked it too; but perhaps if you ‘faint with joy’ whenever your feet touch a platform, it will be more prudent for you to keep away!” and Mother Carey laughed.
“Very well, madam, your will is my law! When you see the youth of Beulah treading the broad road that leadeth to destruction, and looki Cheap Nike Air Max 1 ng on the wine when it is red in the cup, remember that you withheld my hand and voice!”
Gilbert and Cyril were much together, particularly after Cyril’s standing had been increased in Beulah by the news that Mr. Thurston thought him a remarkable mathematician and perhaps the leading student in his class. Cyril himself, too pale for a country boy of fourteen, narrow-shouldered, silent, and timid, took this unexpected fame with absolute terror, but Olive’s pride delighted in it and she positively bloomed, in the knowledge that her brother was appreciated. She herself secretly thought books were rather a mistake when paints and brushes were at hand, and it was no wonder that she did not take high rank, seeing that she painted an hour before school, and all day Saturday, alternating her work on the guest chamber of the Yellow Nike Air Max 1 House with her portrait of Nancy for Mother Carey’s Christmas present.
Kathleen and Julia had fallen into step and were good companions. Kathleen had never forgotten her own breach of good manners and family loyalty; Julia always remembered the passion of remorse that Kathleen felt, a remorse that had colored her conduct to Julia ever since. Julia was a good plodder, and Mr. Thurston complimented her on the excellence of her Latin recitations, when he had his wits about him and could remember that she existed. He never had any difficulty in remembering Nancy. She was not, it must be confessed, especially admirable as a _verbatim et literatim_ “reciter.” Sometimes she forgot entirely what the book had said on a certain topic, but she usually had some original observation of her own to offer by way of compromise. At first Mr. nike air max Thurston thought that she was trying to conceal her lack of real knowledge, and dazzle her instructor at the same time, so that he should never discover her ignorance. Later on he found where her weakness and her strength lay. She adapted, invented, modified things naturally,–embroidered all over her task, so to speak, and delivered it in somewhat different shape from the other girls. (When she was twelve she pricked her finger in sewing and made a blood-stain on the little white mull apron that she was making. The stuff was so delicate that she did not dare to attempt any cleansing process, and she was in a great hurry too, so she embroidered a green four leaf clover over the bloodstain, and all the family exclaimed, “How like Nancy!”) Grammar teased Nancy, algebra and geometry routed her, horse, foot, and dragoons. No r nike air max classic oom for embroidery there! Languages delighted her, map-drawing bored her, and composition intoxicated her, although she was better at improvising than at the real task of setting down her thoughts in black and white. The class chronicles and prophecies and songs and poems would flow to her inevitably, but Kathleen would be the one who would give new grace and charm to them if she were to read them to an audience.
How Beulah Academy beamed, and applauded, and wagged its head in pride on a certain day before Thanksgiving, when there were exercises in the assembly room. Olive had drawn The Landing of the Pilgrims on the largest of the blackboards, and Nancy had written a merry little story that caused great laughter and applause in the youthful audience. Gilbert had taken part in a debate and covered himself with glory, and Kathleen closed the impromptu programme by reciting Tennyson’s– ③

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