CHAPTER 7

WE HAD NO USE FOR THE FOUR HORSES UNCLE RUSU bequeathed to us. They were fine animals and Nicodin wished to keep them. He loved all animals but the horse was his favorite.

Father sold the horses and I got, for the first time, two summer and two winter suits. Mother said that was extravagant expenditure as I would outgrow them. It was different with a winter coat. That was always too big for me the first winter and too short the third, but this was easily remedied. Mother saved every kind of material-- woolen and cotton stuffs. In the third winter Irina's coat and mine would undergo a thorough alteration. A few inches of stuff that matched the coat near enough would be added to its length and the length of the sleeves, and the coat would be as good as new, mother said.

The materials mother saved served well in the household economy. If the sleeves of my jacket developed holes at the elbows, mother found the right pieces for patching them up. The bottoms of my everyday pants always had patches, since they became everyday pants after having

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