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Hopkinson Smith Release Date: December 3, 2007 [EBook #23695] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE LITTLE GRAY LADY *** Produced by David Widger THE LITTLE GRAY LADY By F.
Hopkinson Smith 1909 I Once in a while there come to me out of the long ago the fragments of a story I have not thought of for years--one that has been hidden in the dim lumber-room of my brain where I store my by-gone memories. These fragments thrust themselves out of the past as do the cuffs of an old-fashioned coat, the flutings of a flounce, or the lacings of a bodice from out a quickly opened bureau drawer.
Only when you follow the cuff along the sleeve to the broad shoulder; smooth out the crushed frill that swayed about her form, and trace the silken thread to the waist it tightened, can you determine the fashion of the day in which they were worn. And with the rummaging of this lumber-room come the odors: dry smells from musty old trunks packed with bundles of faded letters and worthless deeds tied with red tape; musty smells from dust-covered chests, iron bound, holding mouldy books, their backs loose; pungent smells from cracked wardrobes stuffed with moth-eaten hunting-coats, riding-trousers, and high boots with rusty spurs--cross-country riders these--roisterers and gamesters--a sorry lot, no doubt. Or perhaps it is an old bow-legged high-boy--its club-feet slippered on easy rollers--the kind with deep drawers kept awake by rattling brass handles, its outside veneer so highly polished that you are quite sure it must have been brought up ...

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