Memories of My Childhood: Further Years at Marbacka

Memories of My Childhood: Further Years at Marbacka

Memories of My Childhood: Further Years at Marbacka

Memories of My Childhood: Further Years at Marbacka

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We have a nice new governess at Mårbacka. Her name is Aline Laurell. She comes from Karlstad, where her father had been chief surveyor. While he lived the family were said to be well-to-do; but after his death they became very poor. So Aline's maternal aunt, Fru Unger of West Ämtervik, arranged with Mamma and Papa for her niece to live with us and give Anna and me lessons in music and French.

Aline brought with her a little sister whose name is Emma and who is only ten years old. She is to live here, too, and study with Aline. It is plain that they were once rich, for Emma has a lot of fine embroidered pantalettes, which have come down to her from Aline and her other sisters. We have never had such things at Mårbacka.

On Sunday mornings Emma tries to baste these pantalettes to her drawers, and a dreadful time she . . .

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