Author: Clara Lucas Balfour
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. Patty experienced a strange feeling, eal, an(j jjgjf o eul.josjty, when she left the workhouse for her first place. She had heard terrible stories of cruel treatment to helpless young servants, and yet the thought of earning her own living, strengthened her heart, as she rode along to her destination; for the grocer, who had the contract for supplying the workhouse, had kindly given her a lift in his cart, and set her down at the door of her new abode. It was a numerous household that little Patty came to serve. There were six children under ten years of age, their father and mother, and a young man in the shop, the nephew of the'master. Patty soon saw that the person who worked the hardest, both in the house and the shop,"was the mother. From morning till night, she was always toiling, and her looks were so worn, and anxious, that it was easy to see she had some secret source of sorrow, that preyed upon her, and made life a hard struggle. The master was a very easy-going man, and much more generally liked than his wife. He seemed to have two distant characters, like two coats, one for out-door and one for in-door wear. Out, he was reckoned a cheerful companion, and much sought after by the choice spirits, as they called themselves, of the town. Every evening this man, Mr. Vineer, was to be seen in the parlor of "The Friend and Pitcher," where his song, his joke, his bet, and his opinion, were sure to be well received by the group of topers and smokers who took up their evening quarters there. At home, Mr. Vineer was either dull or fretful, always complaining, and never pleased: he lounged in the shop, and dozed at his desk, and his conversation, if such it might be called, was made up of yawning and grumbling. For an...