But they were both up very early for all that, and had small appetites for breakfast and less for dinner, and were in a state of great excitement when Barbara's mother
came in, with astonishing accounts of the fineness of the weather out of doors (but with a very large umbrella notwithstanding, for people like Barbara's mother
seldom make holiday without one), and when the bell rang for them to go up stairs and receive their quarter's money in gold and silver.
Hester Prynne, nevertheless, the loving mother
of this one child, ran little risk of erring on the side of undue severity.
When he was thirteen and I was half his age the terrible news came, and I have been told the face of my mother
was awful in its calmness as she set off to get between Death and her boy.
was sitting by the fire, but poorly in health, and very low in spirits, looking at it through her tears, and desponding heavily about herself and the fatherless little stranger, who was already welcomed by some grosses of prophetic pins, in a drawer upstairs, to a world not at all excited on the subject of his arrival; my mother
, I say, was sitting by the fire, that bright, windy March afternoon, very timid and sad, and very doubtful of ever coming alive out of the trial that was before her, when, lifting her eyes as she dried them, to the window opposite, she saw a strange lady coming up the garden.
My dear Valeria, if you understood my mother
as well as I do, a serious explanation of her conduct would be the last thing in the world that you would expect from me.
She wondered, for the thousandth time, what a windlute was; yet much of beauty, much of beyondness, she sensed of this dimly remembered beautiful mother
The boy's answer reminded me of that other little girl whom my mother
had once seen.
She would very gladly have gone out to enjoy the bright wintry weather, but discovering that Laurie was dropping with sleep in spite of manful efforts to conceal the fact, she persuaded him to rest on the sofa, while she wrote a note to her mother
He'll ne'er think o' marrying if it isna put into's head, an' if thee'dst any love for thy mother
, thee'dst put him up to't an' not let her go away out o' my sight, when I might ha' her to make a bit o' comfort for me afore I go to bed to my old man under the white thorn.
She went in with rapid steps, pausing at the door for an instant as if struggling with herself, and then ran to her mother
But, in spite of that, the mother
had spent the whole of that winter in a state of terrible anxiety and agitation.
There stood her mother
amid the group of children, as Tess had left her, hanging over the Monday washing-tub, which had now, as always, lingered on to the end of the week.