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【EMAF-252】拝啓姥捨て山から4時間

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-20 17:27:37
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【EMAF-252】拝啓姥捨て山から4時間 �


"Shecan'tbeveryhungry,"whisperedLavinia."Justlookather.Perhapssheispretendingshehashadagoodbreakfast"--withaspitefullaugh.

"AfireIonlydreamedwouldn'tbeHOT>,shecried.

"HowdoIknow?"snappedLavinia."She'lllookratherqueerwhenshecomesintotheschoolroomthismorning,Ishouldthink--afterwhat'shappened.Shehadnodinneryesterday,andshe'snottohaveanytoday."

TheMagichadbeenthereagain.Itactuallyhad,andithaddoneevenmorethanbefore.Thefirewasblazing,inlovelyleapingflames,moremerrilythanever.Anumberofnewthingshadbeenbroughtintotheatticwhichsoalteredthelookofitthatifshehadnotbeenpastdoubtingshewouldhaverubbedhereyes.Uponthelowtableanothersupperstood--thistimewithcupsandplatesforBeckyaswellasherself;apieceofbright,heavy,strangeembroiderycoveredthebatteredmantel,andonitsomeornamentshadbeenplaced.Allthebare,uglythingswhichcouldbecoveredwithdraperieshadbeenconcealedandmadetolookquitepretty.Someoddmaterialsofrichcolorshadbeenfastenedagainstthewallwithfine,sharptacks--sosharpthattheycouldbepressedintothewoodandplasterwithouthammering.Somebrilliantfanswerepinnedup,andtherewereseverallargecushions,bigandsubstantialenoughtouseasseats.Awoodenboxwascoveredwitharug,andsomecushionslayonit,sothatitworequitetheairofasofa.

TherewereevenblanketsenoughtosharewithBecky.Thenarrowcouchinthenextatticwasmorecomfortablethatnightthanitsoccupanthadeverdreamedthatitcouldbe.

Shesprangup,touchedthetable,thedishes,therug;shewenttothebedandtouchedtheblankets.Shetookupthesoftwaddeddressing-gown,andsuddenlyclutchedittoherbreastandheldittohercheek.

TheVisitor

Thecomfortandhappinesssheenjoyedweremakingherstronger,andshehadthemalwaystolookforwardto.Ifshecamehomefromhererrandswetandtiredandhungry,sheknewshewouldsoonbewarmandwellfedaftershehadclimbedthestairs.Duringthehardestdayshecouldoccupyherselfblissfullybythinkingofwhatsheshouldseewhensheopenedtheatticdoor,andwonderingwhatnewdelighthadbeenpreparedforher.Inaveryshorttimeshebegantolooklessthin.Colorcameintohercheeks,andhereyesdidnotseemsomuchtoobigforherface.

"Butwhateverhappens,"Sarakeptsayingtoherselfallday--"WHATEVERhappens,somewhereintheworldthereisaheavenlykindpersonwhoismyfriend--myfriend.IfIneverknowwhoitis--ifInevercaneventhankhim--Ishallneverfeelquitesolonely.Oh,theMagicwasGOODtome!"


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