A Simpleton: A Story of the Day

A Simpleton: A Story of the Day

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A Simpleton: A Story of the Day

A Simpleton: A Story of the Day

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A young lady sat pricking a framed canvas in the drawing-room of Kent Villa, a mile from Gravesend. She was making, at a cost of time and tinted wool, a chair cover, admirably unfit to be sat upon--except by some peevish artist bent on obliterating discordant colors. To do her justice, her mind was not in her work; for she rustled softly with restlessness as she sat, and she rose three times in twenty minutes and went to the window. Thence she looked down, over a trim flowery lawn, and long sloping meadows, on to the silver Thames, alive with steamboats plowing, white sails bellying, and great ships carrying to and fro the treasures of the globe. From this fair landscape and epitome of commerce she retired each time with listless disdain. She was waiting for somebody.

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