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Sat Apr 01 05:53:55 2017 1 Project Gutenberg’s By the Light of the Soul, by Mary E.
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Brett Release Date: January 21, 2006 [EBook #17564] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BY THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL *** Produced by Jeff Kaylin and Andrew Sly By the Light of the Soul A Novel By Mary E.
Wilkins Freeman Author of -The Debtor- -The Portion of Labor- -Jerome- -A New England Nun- Etc.
etc. Illustrations by Harold M.
Brett New York and London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1907 Copyright, 1906, by Harper & Brothers. All rights reserved. Published January, 1907. To Harriet and Carolyn Alden Chapter I Sat Apr 01 05:53:55 2017 2 Maria Edgham, who was a very young girl, sat in the church vestry beside a window during the weekly prayer-meeting. As was the custom, a young man had charge of the meeting, and he stood, with a sort of embarrassed dignity, on the little platform behind the desk.
He was reading a selection from the Bible.
Maria heard him drone out in a scarcely audible voice: -Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth,- and then she heard, in a quick response, a soft sob from the seat behind her.
She knew who sobbed: Mrs.
Jasper Cone, who had lost her baby the week before.
The odor of crape came in Maria’s face, making a species of discordance with the fragrance of the summer night, which came in at the open window.
Maria felt irritated by it, and she wondered why Mrs.
Cone felt so badly about the loss of her baby.
It had always seemed to Maria a most unattractive child, large-headed, flabby, and mottled, with ever an open mouth of resistance, and a loud...

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