Katie; Or, the Simple Heart

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 180 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... KATIE. CHAPTER I. THE DIFFICULT SUIT. "As daylight can be seen through small holes, so do little things show a person's character." "Actions, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell characters: some are mere letters, some contain entire words, lines, whole pages, which at once decipher the life of a man."--Lavateb. w EONG, Annie; wrong from the very commence So said Miss Knowles as she drew a long zigzag pencilmark across Annie Maitland's sum, and sent her back to her place on the window-seat. Annie's heart swelled, and a few large tears filled and overflowed her eyes. But she dashed these away with proud anger, and, taking tip her pencil, began to rub out the wrong figures and the crooked white stroke, which made her reckoning doubly confused. Now from the dull, greasy slate opposite stared the long lines of the compound multiplication sum over which she had been puzzling for the last hour, --such long dreary lines, with innumerable sevens and nines, and a huge L. S. D. to head them. Annie Maitland was an orphan, a small, slight, delicatelooking girl of thirteen, whose paleness of complexion was rendered still more apparent by the darkness of her large brown eyes, and the heavy masses of chestnut hair, which, clustering round her face, fell in thick curls to her shoulders. Her features, though somewhat large, were well shaped, and her whole appearance would have been prepossessing had it not been for an air of pettish irritability which just now disfigured it, for the suppressed tears that reddened her eyelids, and a certain ill-humoured rounding of her shoulders. There was no lack of intellect in the broad white forehead, beneath which the blue veins might be so distinctly traced; the quivering nostrils even now betrayed a nervous...

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