I'm the oldest," began Meg, but Jo cut in with a decided, "I'm the man of the family now Papa is away, and I shall provide the slippers, for he told me to take special care of Mother
while he was gone.
The truth was, that the little Puritans, being of the most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly, or at variance with ordinary fashions, in the mother
and child, and therefore scorned them in their hearts, and not unfrequently reviled them with their tongues.
My father had often hinted that she seldom conducted herself like any ordinary Christian; and now, instead of ringing the bell, she came and looked in at that identical window, pressing the end of her nose against the glass to that extent, that my poor dear mother
used to say it became perfectly flat and white in a moment.
wanted to catch me, for she was very angry, but I ran past her and gave the gourd to the boy.
He had till ten, Mother
," said I; and just as I said it, our old clock began striking.
Very well,' said the Mother
Dragon; 'but if you wish to enter my service, you must first lead my mare out to the meadow and look after her for three days; but if you don't bring her home safely every evening, we will eat you up.
Once each year my mother
visited it for the five long years it lay there in the process of incubation.
You are free, you leave the count's house, and you take your mother
to your home; but reflect, Albert, you owe her more than your poor noble heart can pay her.
was grievously ill, and of means of subsistence we had none.
The book Adam most often read on a Sunday morning was his large pictured Bible, and this morning it lay open before him on the round white deal table in the kitchen; for he sat there in spite of the fire, because he knew his mother
liked to have him with her, and it was the only day in the week when he could indulge her in that way.
I've seen worse ones on human shoulders, at any rate," said Mother
So she stayed on with Mother
Holle for some time, and then she began to grow unhappy.