The Mill Mystery

The Mill Mystery

by Anna Katherine Green

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 02/11/2013

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THE ALARM.


 


 


  Life, struck sharp on death,


  Makes awful lightning.


--MRS. BROWNING.


 


I had just come in from the street. I had a letter in my hand. It


was for my fellow-lodger, a young girl who taught in the High


School, and whom I had persuaded to share my room because of her


pretty face and quiet ways. She was not at home, and I flung the


letter down on the table, where it fell, address downwards. I


thought no more of it; my mind was too full, my heart too heavy with


my own trouble.


 


Going to the window, I leaned my cheek against the pane. Oh, the


deep sadness of a solitary woman's life! The sense of helplessness


that comes upon her when every effort made, every possibility


sounded, she realizes that the world has no place for her, and that


she must either stoop to ask the assistance of friends or starve! I


have no words for the misery I felt, for I am a proud woman,


and--But no lifting of the curtain that shrouds my past. It has fallen


for ever, and for you and me and the world I am simply Constance


Sterling, a young woman of twenty-five, without home, relatives, or


means of support, having in her pocket seventy-five cents of change,


and in her breast a heart like lead, so utterly had every hope


vanished in the day's rush of disappointments.


 


How long I stood with my face to the window I cannot say. With eyes


dully fixed upon the blank walls of the cottages opposite, I stood


oblivious to all about me till the fading sunlight--or was it some


stir in the room behind me?--recalled me to myself, and I turned to


find my pretty room-mate staring at me with a troubled look that for


a moment made me forget my own sorrows and anxieties.


 


"What is it?" I asked, going towards her with an irresistible


impulse of sympathy.


 


"I don't know," she murmured; "a sudden pain here," laying her hand


on her heart.


 


I advanced still nearer, but her face, which had been quite pale,


turned suddenly rosy; and, with a more natural expression, she took


me by the hand, and said:


 


"But you look more than ill, you look unhappy. Would you mind


telling me what worries you?"


 


The gentle tone, the earnest glance of modest yet sincere interest,


went to my heart. Clutching her hand convulsively, I burst into


tears.


 


"It is nothing," said I; "only my last resource has failed, and I


don't know where to get a meal for to-morrow. Not that this is any


thing in itself," I hastened to add, my natural pride reasserting


itself; "but the future! the future!--what am I to do with my


future?"


 


She did not answer at first. A gleam--I can scarcely call it a


glow--passed over her face, and her eyes took a far-away look that


made them very sweet. Then a little flush stole into her cheek, and,


pressing my hand, she said:

ISBN:
1230000193932
1230000193932
Category:
Historical fiction
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
02-11-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
WDS Publishing

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