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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofAnnieKilburn,byW D Howells#64inour seriesbyW D Howells Copyrightlawsarechangingallovertheworld Besuretocheckthecopyright lawsforyourcountrybeforedownloadingorredistributingthisoranyother ProjectGutenbergeBook ThisheadershouldbethefirstthingseenwhenviewingthisProjectGutenberg file Pleasedonotremoveit Donotchangeoredittheheaderwithoutwritten permission Pleasereadthe“legalsmallprint,”andotherinformationabouttheeBookand ProjectGutenbergatthebottomofthisfile Includedisimportantinformation aboutyourspecificrightsandrestrictionsinhowthefilemaybeused Youcan alsofindoutabouthowtomakeadonationtoProjectGutenberg,andhowtoget involved **WelcomeToTheWorldofFreePlainVanillaElectronicTexts** **eBooksReadableByBothHumansandByComputers,Since1971** *****TheseeBooksWerePreparedByThousandsofVolunteers!***** Title:AnnieKilburnANovel Author:W D Howells ReleaseDate:February,2005[EBook#7502][Yes,wearemorethanoneyear aheadofschedule][ThisfilewasfirstpostedonMay11,2003] Edition:10 Language:English Charactersetencoding:ISO-Latin-1 ***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKANNIEKILBURN *** ProducedbyEricEldred,WilliamFlis,CharlesFranksandtheOnline DistributedProofreadingTeam ANNIEKILBURN aNovel BY W D HOWELLS Authorof “IndianSummer”“TheRiseofSilasLapham”“AprilHopes”etc I AfterthedeathofJudgeKilburnhisdaughtercamebacktoAmerica Theyhad beenelevenwintersinRome,alwaysmeaningtoreturn,butstayingonfrom yeartoyear,aspeopledowhohavenothingdefinitetocallthemhome Toward thelastMissKilburntacitlygaveuptheexpectationofgettingherfatheraway, thoughtheybothcontinuedtosaythattheyweregoingtotakepassageassoon astheweatherwassettledinthespring Atthedatetheyhadtalkedofforsailing hewaslyingintheProtestantcemetery,andshewastryingtogatherherself together,andadjustherlifetohisloss Thiswouldhavebeeneasierwitha youngerperson,forshehadbeenherfather’spetsolong,andthenhadtaken careofhishelplessnesswithadevotionwhichwasfinallysomotherly,thatit waslikelosingatonceaparentandachildwhenhedied,andsheremainedwith thehabitofgivingherselfwhentherewasnolongeranyonetoreceivethe sacrifice Hehadmarriedlate,andinherthirty-firstyearhewasseventy-eight; butthedisparityoftheirages,increasingtowardtheendthroughhisinfirmities, hadnotloosenedforherthetiesofcustomandaffectionthatboundthem;she hadseenhimgrowmoreandmorefitfullycognisantofwhattheyhadbeento eachothersincehermother’sdeath,whileshegrewthemoretenderandfond withhim Peoplewhocametocondolewithherseemednottounderstandthis, orelsetheythoughtitwouldhelphertobearupiftheytreatedherbereavement asarelieffromhopelessanxiety Theywereallsurprisedwhenshetoldthemshe stillmeanttogohome “Why,mydear,”saidoneoldlady,whohadbeenawayfromAmericatwenty years,“thisishome!You’velivedinthisapartmentlongernowthantheoldest inhabitanthaslivedinmostAmericantowns Whatareyoutalkingabout?Do youmeanthatyouaregoingbacktoWashington?” “Ohno WeweremerelystayingoninWashingtonfromforceofhabit,after fathergaveuppractice Ithinkweshallgobacktotheoldhomestead,wherewe usedtospendoursummers,eversinceIcanremember.” “Andwhereisthat?”theoldladyasked,withthesharpnesswhichpeople believemustsomehowbegoodforabrokenspirit “It’sintheinteriorofMassachusetts—youwouldn’tknowit:aplacecalled Hatboro’.” “No,Icertainlyshouldn’t,”saidtheoldlady,withsuperiority “WhyHatboro’, ofalltheridiculousreasons?” “Itwasoneofthefirstplaceswheretheybegantomakestrawhats;itwasa nicknameatfirst,andthentheyadoptedit TheoldnamewasDorchesterFarms Fatherfoughtthechange,butitwasofnouse;thepeoplewouldn’thaveitFarms aftertheplacebegantogrow;andbythattimetheyhadgotusedtoHatboro’ Besides,Idon’tseehowit’sanyworsethanHatfield,inEngland.” “It’sveryAmerican.” “Oh,it’sAmerican WehaveBoxboro’too,youknow,inMassachusetts.” “AndyouaregoingfromRometoHatboro’,Mass.,”saidtheoldlady,tryingto presenttheideainthestrongestlightbyabbreviatingthenameoftheState “Yes,”saidMissKilburn “Itwillbeachange,butnotsomuchofachangeas youwouldthink Itwasfather’swishtogoback.” “Ah,mydear!”criedtheoldlady “You’relettingthatweighwithyou,Isee Don’tdoit!Ifitwasn’twise,don’tyousupposethatthelastthinghecouldwish youtodowouldbetosacrificeyourselftoasickwhimofhis?” ThekindnessexpressedinthewordstouchedAnnieKilburn Shehadacertain beautyoffeature;shewasnear-sighted;buthereyeswerebrownandsoft,her lipsredandfull;herdarkhairgrewlow,andplayedinlittlewispsandringson hertemples,wherehercomplexionwasclearest;theboldcontourofherface, withitsdecidedchinandtheratherlargesalientnose,waslikeherfather’s;it wasthis,probably,thatgaveanimpressionofstrength,withawistful qualification Shewasatthattimeratherthin,anditcouldhavebeenseenthat shewouldbehandsomerwhenherframehadroundedoutinfulfilmentofits generousdesign Sheopenedherlipstospeak,butshutthemagaininaneffortat self-controlbeforeshesaid— “ButIreallywishtodoit AtthismomentIwouldratherbeinHatboro’thanin Rome.” “Oh,verywell,”saidtheoldlady,gatheringherselfupasonedoesfrom throwingawayone’ssympathyuponanunworthyobject;“ifyoureallywishit —” “Iknowthatitmustseempreposterousand—andalmostungratefulthatIshould thinkofgoingback,whenImightjustaswellstay Why,I’veagreatmanymore friendsherethanIhavethere;IsupposeIshallbealmostastrangerwhenIget there,andthere’snocomparisonincongeniality;andyetIfeelthatImustgo back Ican’ttellyouwhy ButIhavealonging;IfeelthatImusttrytobeof someuseintheworld—trytodosomegood—andinHatboro’IthinkIshall knowhow.”Sheputonherglasses,andlookedattheoldladyasifshemight attemptanexplanation,but,asifaclearervisionoftheveteranworldling discouragedher,shedidnotmaketheeffort “Oh!”saidtheoldlady “Ifyouwanttobeofuse,anddogood—”Shestopped, asifthentherewerenomoretobesaidbyasensibleperson “Andshallyoube goingsoon?”sheasked Theideaseemedtosuggestherowndeparture,andshe roseafterspeaking “Justassoonaspossible,”answeredMissKilburn Wordstakeonacolourof somethingmorethantheirexplicitmeaningfromthemoodinwhichtheyare spoken:MissKilburnhadasenseofhurryinghervisitoraway,andtheoldlady hadasenseofbeingturnedout-of-doors,thatthepreparationsforthehomeward voyagemightbegininstantly II Manytimesafterthepreparationsbegan,andmanytimesaftertheywereended, MissKilburnfalteredindoubtofherdecision;andiftherehadbeenanywill strongerthanherowntoopposeit,shemighthavereversedit,andstayedin Rome Allthewayhometherewasastrainofmisgivinginhersatisfactionat doingwhatshebelievedtobeforthebest,andthefirstsightofhernativeland gaveherashockofemotionwhichwasnotunmixedjoy Shefeltforlornamong peoplewhowerecominghomewithallsortsofhighexpectations,whileshe onlyhadhighintentions Thesedatedbackagoodmanyyears;infact,theydatedbacktothetimewhen thefirstflushofherunthinkinggirlhoodwasover,andshebegantoquestion herselfastothelifeshewasliving Itwasaverypleasantlife,ostensibly Her fatherhadbeenelectedfromthebenchtoCongress,andhadkepthistitleandhis reputeasalawyerthroughseveraltermsintheHousebeforehesettleddownto thepracticeofhisprofessioninthecourtsatWashington,wherehemadeagood dealofmoney Theypassedfromboardingtohouse-keeping,intheeasy Washingtonway,aftertheirimpermanentCongressionalyears,anddividedtheir timebetweenacomfortablelittleplaceinNevadaCircleandtheoldhomestead inHatboro’ HewasfondofWashington,androbustlycontentwiththeworldas hefounditthereandelsewhere Ifhisdaughter’scompunctionscametoher throughhim,itmusthavebeenfromsomeremoterancestry;hewasnot apparentlycharacterisedbytheirtransmission,andprobablyshederivedthem fromhermother,whodiedwhenshewasalittlegirl,andofwhomshehadno recollection Tillhebegantobreak,aftertheywentabroad,hehadhisownway ineverything;butasmengrowoldorinfirmtheyfallintosubjectiontotheir womenkind;theirrudewillsyieldinthesupplerinsistenceofthefeminine purpose;theytakethecolourofthefemininemoodsandemotions;thecycleof lifecompletesitselfwhereitbegan,inhelplessdependenceuponthesex;and RufusKilburndidnotescapethecommonlot Hewasoftencomplainingand unlovely,asagedandailingmenmustbe;perhapshewasusuallyso;buthehad momentswhenherecognisedthebeautyofhisdaughter’saspirationwitha spiritualsympathy,whichshowedthathemustalwayshavehadanintellectual perceptionofit Heexpressedwithrhetoricallargenessandloosenessthe longingwhichwasnotverydefiniteinherownheart,andmingledwithita strainofhomesicknesspoignantlysimpleanddirectfortheplaces,thescenes, thepersons,thethings,ofhisearlydays Ashefailedmoreandmore,his homesicknesswasfornaturalaspectswhichhadwhollyceasedtoexistthrough modernchangesandimprovements,andforpeoplelongsincedead,whomhe couldfindonlyinanillusionofthatenvironmentinsomeotherworld Inthe pathosofthissituationitwaseasyforhisdaughtertokeephimignorantofthe passionaterebellionagainstherownidealsinwhichshesometimessurprised herself Whenhedied,allcounter-currentswerelostinthetidalrevulsionof feelingwhichswepthertothefulfilmentofwhatshehopedwasdeepestand
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