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TheProjectGutenbergEtextofTheYatesPridebyMaryFreemanMaryE WilkinsFreeman Copyrightlawsarechangingallovertheworld,besuretocheckthecopyright lawsforyourcountrybeforepostingthesefiles! 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TheProjectgratefullyacceptscontributionsinmoney,time,scanningmachines, OCRsoftware,publicdomainetexts,royaltyfreecopyrightlicenses,andevery othersortofcontributionyoucanthinkof Moneyshouldbepaidto“Project GutenbergAssociation/Carnegie-MellonUniversity” ENDTHESMALLPRINT!FORPUBLICDOMAIN ETEXTS*Ver.04.29.93END ThisetextwascreatedbyJudithBoss,Omaha,Nebraska THEYATESPRIDEAROMANCE BYMARYE WILKINSFREEMAN PARTI THEYATESPRIDE OppositeMissEudoraYates’soldcolonialmansionwastheperkymodern QueenAnneresidenceofMrs JosephGlynn Mrs Glynnhadadaughter,Ethel, andanunmarriedsister,MissJuliaEsterbrook Allthreewerefondoftalking, andhadmanycallerswholikedtohearthefeeblyeffervescentnewsof Wellwood Thisafternoonthreeladieswerethere:MissAbbySimson,Mrs John Bates,andMrs EdwardLee TheysatintheGlynnsitting-room,whichshrilled withtreblevoicesasifaflockofsparrowshadsettledtherein TheGlynnsitting-roomwascharming,mainlybecauseofthequantityof floweringplants Everywindowwasfilledwiththem,untiltheroomseemedlike aconservatory Ivy,too,climbedoverthepictures,andthemantel-shelfwasa cascadeofwanderingJew,growinginoldchinavases “Yourplantsarereallywonderful,Mrs Glynn,”saidMrs Bates,“butIdon’tsee howyoumanagetogetaglimpseofanythingoutsidethehouse,yourwindows aresofullofthem.” “Maybeshecanseeandnotbeseen,”saidAbbySimson,whohadaquickwit andareadytongue Mrs JosephGlynnflushedalittle “Ihavenottheslightestcuriosityaboutmy neighbors,”shesaid,“butitisimpossibletolivejustacrosstheroadfromany housewithoutknowingsomethingofwhatisgoingon,whetheronelooksor not,”saidshe,withdignity “MaandIneverlookoutofthewindowsfromcuriosity,”saidEthelGlynn,with spirit EthelGlynnhadagreatdealofspirit,whichwasevincedinherpersonal appearanceaswellashertongue Shehadaneyetothefashions;hersleeves wereneveroutofdate,norwasthearrangementofherhair “Forinstance,”saidEthel,“weneverlookatthehouseoppositebecauseweare atallprying,butwedoknowthatthatoldmaidhasbeendoingamightyqueer thinglately.” “Firstthingyouknowyouwillbeanoldmaidyourself,andthenyourstones willbreakyourownglasshouse,”saidAbbySimson “Oh,Idon’tcare,”retortedEthel “Nowadaysanoldmaidisn’tanoldmaid exceptfromchoice,andeverybodyknowsit Butitmusthavebeendifferentin MissEudora’stime Why,sheisolderthanyouare,MissAbby.” “Justfiveyears,”repliedAbby,unruffled,“andshehadchances,andIknowit.” “Whydidn’tshetakethem,then?” “Maybe,”saidAbby,“girlshadchoicethenasmuchasnow,butInevercould makeoutwhyshedidn’tmarryHarryLawton.” Ethelgaveherheadatoss “Maybe,”saidshe,“onceinawhile,evensolong ago,agirlwasn’tsocrazytogetmarriedasfolksthought Maybeshedidn’t wanthim.” “Shedidwanthim,”saidAbby “Agirldoesn’tgetsopaleandpeaked-looking fornothingasEudoraYatesdid,aftershehaddismissedHarryLawtonandhe hadgoneaway,norhauntthepost-officeassheusedto,and,whenshedidn’tget aletter,goawaylookingasifshewoulddie.” “Maybe,”saidEthel,“herfolkswereopposed.” “NobodyeveropposedEudoraYatesexceptherownself,”repliedAbby “Her fatherwasdead,andEudora’smathoughtthesunroseandsetinher Shewould neverhaveopposedherifshehadwantedtomarryaforeigndukeortheold Harryhimself.” “Irememberitperfectly,”saidMrs JosephGlynn “SodoI,”saidJuliaEsterbrook “Don’tseewhyyoushouldn’t Youwereplentyoldenoughtohaveyour memoryingoodworkingorderifitwasevergoingtobe,”saidAbbySimson “Well,”saidEthel,“itisthefunniestthingIeverheardof Ifagirlwantedaman enoughtogoalltopiecesoverhim,andhewantedher,whyonearthdidn’tshe takehim?” “Maybetheyquarreled,”venturedMrs EdwardLee,whowasamild,sicklylookingwomanandseldomexpressedanopinion “Well,thatmighthavebeen,”agreedAbby,“althoughEudoraalwayshadthe nameofhavingabeautifuldisposition.” “Ihavealwaysfound,”saidMrs JosephGlynn,withanairofwisdom,“thatitis thebeautifuldispositionswhicharethemostsettheminutetheygetastartthe wrongway Itisthealways-flying-outpeoplewhoaretheeasiesttogetonwith inthelongrun.” “Well,”saidAbby,“maybethatisso,butfolksmightgetwornalltoafrazzleby theflying-outonesbeforethelongrun I’drathertakemychanceswithawoman likeEudora Shealwaysseemsjustso,justascalmandsweet WhentheAmes’s barn,thatwasnexttohers,burneddownandthewindwasherway,shejust walkedinandoutofherhouse,carryingthethingsshevaluedmost,andshe lookedlikeapicture—somehowshehadgotalldressedfittomakecalls—and therewasn’tamuscleofherfacethatseemedtomove EudoraYatesistomy mindthemostbeautifulwomaninthistown,oldoryoung,Idon’tcarewhoshe is.” “Isuppose,”saidJuliaEsterbrook,“thatshehasalotofmoney.” “Iwonderifshehas,”saidMrs JohnBates Theothersstaredather “Whatmakesyouthinkshehasn’t?”Mrs Glynn inquired,sharply “Nothing,”saidMrs Bates,andclosedherthinlips Shewouldsaynomore,but theothershadsuspicions,becauseherhusband,JohnBates,wasawealthy businessman “Ican’tbelieveshehaslosthermoney,”saidMrs Glynn “Shewouldn’thave beensuchafoolastodowhatshehasifshehadn’tmoney.” “Whathasshedone?”askedMrs Bates,eagerly “Whathasshedone?”askedAbby,andMrs Leelookedupinquiringly ThefacesofMrs Glynn,herdaughter,andhersisterbecameimportant,fullof “Ineverthoughtitwouldbehardworktakingcareofababy,”repliedEudora, “andespeciallysuchaverylightbaby.” SomethingwhimsicalcreptintoEudora’svoice;somethingwhimsicalcreptinto thelove-lightoftheotherwomen’seyes Againasoftrippleofmirthsweptover them “Especiallyababywhonevercries,”saidAmelia “No,heneverdoescry,”saidEudora,demurely Theylaughedagain ThenAmeliaroseandlefttheroomtogetthetea-things Theoldserving-womanwhohadlivedwiththemformanyyearswassuffering fromrheumatism,andwascaredforbyherdaughterinthelittlecottageacross theroadfromtheLancasterhouse Herhusbandandgrandsonwerethemanand boyatworkinthegrounds Thethreesisterstookcareofthemselvesandtheir housewiththeeleganteaseandlackofflusterofgentlewomenbornandbred MissAmelia,bringinginthetea-tray,wasanunclassedbeing,neithermaidnor mistress,butoutrankingeither Shehadtiedonawhiteapron Sheborethesilver traywithaneasewhichbespokeeithernerveormuscleinherlace-drapedarms Shepouredthetea,holdingthesilverpothighandlettingtheamberfluidtrickle slowly,andthepearlsanddiamondsonherthinhandsshonedully Sophia passedlittlechinaplatesandfringednapkins,andAnnaasilverbasketwith goldensquaresofsponge-cake Theladiesateanddrank,andtheblueandwhitebundleonthesofaremained motionless Eudora,aftershehadfinishedhertea,leanedbackgracefullyinher chair,andherdarkeyesgleamedwithitsmildstimulus Sheremainedanhouror more Whenshewentout,Ameliaslippedanenvelopeintoherhandandatthe sametimeembracedandkissedher SophiaandAnnafollowedherexample Eudoraopenedhermouthasiftospeak,butsmiledinstead,afond,proudsmile DuringthelastfifteenminutesofherstayAmeliahadslippedoutoftheroom withtheblueandwhitebundle Nowshebroughtitoutandlaiditcarefullyin thecarriage “Wearealwayssogladtoseeyou,dearestEudora,”saidshe,“butyou understand—” “Yes,”saidSophia,“youunderstand,Eudoradear,thatthereisnottheslightest haste.” Eudoranodded,andherlongneckseemedtogrowlonger Whenshewassteppingregallydownthepath,Ameliasaidinahastywhisperto Sophia:“Didyoutellher?” Sophiashookherhead “No,sister.” “Ididn’tknowbutyoumighthave,whileIwasoutoftheroom.” “Ididnot,”saidSophia ShelookeddoubtfullyatAmelia,thenatAnna,and doubtflashedbackandforthbetweenthethreepairsofblueeyesforasecond ThenSophiaspokewithauthority,becauseshewastheonlyoneofthemallwho hadenteredtheestateofmatrimony,andhadconsequentlyobviouscognizance ofsuchmatters “Ithink,”saidshe,“thatEudorashouldbetoldthatHarryLawtonhascomeback andisboardingattheWellwoodInn.” “Youthink,”falteredAmelia,“thatitispossibleshemightmeethim unexpectedly?” “Icertainlydothinkso Andshemightshowherfeelingsinawaywhichshe wouldeverafterwardregret.” “Youthink,then,thatshe—” Sophiagavehersisteralook AmeliafledafterEudoraandthebaby-carriage Sheovertookheratthegate ShelaidherhandonEudora’sarm,drapedwith Indiashawl “Eudora!”shegasped Eudoraturnedherserenefaceandregardedherquestioningly “Eudora,”saidAmelia,“haveyouheardofanybody’scomingtostayattheinn lately?” “No,”repliedEudora,calmly “Why,dear?” “Nothing,only,Eudora,adearandoldfriendofyours,ofours,isthere,soI hear.” Eudoradidnotinquirewhotheoldfriendmightbe “Really?”sheremarked Thenshesaid,“Goodby,Ameliadear,”andresumedherprogresswiththebabycarriage PARTII “Sheneverevenaskedwhoitwas,”Ameliareportedtohersisters,whenshehad returnedtothehouse “Becausesheknew,”repliedSophia,sagely;“therehas neverbeenanyoldfriendbutthatoneoldfriendtocomebackintoEudora Yates’slife.” “Hashecomebackintoherlife,Iwonder?”saidAmelia “WhatdidhereturntoWellwoodforifhedidn’tcomeforthat?Allhisrelatives aregone Henevermarried Yes,hehascomebacktoseeEudoraandmarryher, ifshewillhavehim NomanwhoeverlovedEudorawouldevergetoverloving her Andhewillnotbeshockedwhenheseesher Sheisnomorechangedthana beautifuloldstatue.” “HEischanged,though,”saidAmelia “Isawhimtheotherday Hedidn’tsee me,andIwouldhardlyhaveknownhim Hehasgrownstout,andhishairis gray.” “Eudora’shairisgray,”saidSophia “Yes,butyoucanseethegoldthroughEudora’sgray Itjustlooksasifashadow wasthrownoverit Itdoesn’tchangeher HarryLawton’sgrayhairdoeschange him.” “If,”saidAnna,sentimentally,“EudorathinksHarry’shairturnedgrayforlove ofher,youcantrustheroranywomantoseethegoldthroughit.” “Harry’shairwasnevergold—justanordinarybrown,”saidAmelia “Anyway, theLawtonsturnedgrayyoung.” “Shewon’tthinkofthatatall,”saidSophia “IwonderwhyEudoraalwaysavoidedhimso,yearsago,”saidAmelia “Whydoesn’tagirlinafieldofdaisiesstoptopickone,whichshenever forgets?”saidSophia “Eudorahadsomanychances,andIdon’tthinkherheart wasfixedwhenshewasveryyoung;atleast,Idon’tthinkitwasfixedsoshe knewit.” “Iwonder,”saidAmelia,“ifhewillgoandcallonher.” AmeliaprivatelywishedthatshelivednearenoughtoknowifHarryLawtondid call She,aswellasMrs JosephGlynn,wouldhaveenjoyedwatchingoutand knowingsomethingofthevillagehappenings,buttheLancasterhousewas situatedsofarfromtheroad,behinditsgroveoftrees,thatnothingwhatever couldbeseen “IdoubtifEudoratells,ifhedoescall—thatis,notunlesssomethingdefinite happens,”saidAnna “No,”remarkedAmelia,sadly “Eudoraisadear,butsheisverysilentwith regardtoherownaffairs.” “Sheoughttobe,”saidSophia,withhermarriedauthority Shewas,toher sisters,asonewhohadpassedwithintheshrineandwasdignifiedlysilentwith regardtoitsintimatemysteries “Isupposeso,”assentedAnna,withasoftsigh Ameliasighedalso Thenshe tookthetea-trayoutoftheroom Shehadtomakesomebiscuitsforsupper MeantimeEudorawaspacinghomewardwiththebaby-carriage Hersereneface wasalittleperturbed Herovalcheekswereflushed,andhermouthnowand thentrembled Shehad,ifshefollowedherusualcourse,topasstheWellwood Inn,butshecoulddiverge,andbytakingasidestreetandwalkingahalf-mile fartherreachhomewithoutcominginsightoftheinn Shedidsoto-day Whenshereachedthesidestreetsheturnedratherswiftlyandgavealittlesigh ofrelief ShewasafraidthatshemightmeetHarryLawton Itwasalonelyway Therewasabrookononeside,borderedthicklywithbushywillowswhichwere turninggold-green Ontheothersidewereundulatingpasture-landsonwhich grazedafewsheep Therewerenohousesuntilshereachedtheturnwhich wouldleadbacktothemainstreet,onwhichherhomewaslocated Eudorawasaboutmidwayofthisstreetwhenshesawamanapproaching He wasalargemancladingray,andhewasswinginganumbrella Somehowthe swingofthatumbrella,evenfromadistance,gaveanimpressionof embarrassmentandboyishhesitation Eudoradidnotknowhimatfirst Shehad expectedtoseethesameHarryLawtonwhohadgoneaway Shedidnotexpect toseeastout,middle-agedman,butaslimyouth However,astheydrewnearereachother,sheknew;andcuriouslyenoughitwas thatswingofthetightlyfurledumbrellawhichgavehertheclue Sheknew Harrybecauseofthat Itwasalittleboyishtrickwhichhadsurvivedtime Itwas toolateforhertodrawback,forhehadseenher,andEudorawaskeenlyaliveto theindignityofabruptlyturningandscuttlingawaywiththetailofherblacksilk swishing,herIndiashawltrailing,andthebaby-carriagebumpingoverthe furrows Shecontinued,andHarryLawtoncontinued,andtheymet HarryLawtonhadknownEudoraatonce Shelookedthesametohimaswhen shehadbeenagirl,andhelookedthesametoherwhenhespoke “Hullo,Eudora,”saidHarryLawton,inaludicrouslyboyishfashion Hisface flushed,too,likeaboy Heextendedhishandlikeaboy Theman,seennearat hand,wasaboy Inrealityhehimselfhadnotchanged Afewlayersoffleshand achangeofcolor-cellsdonotmakeanotherman Hehadalwaysbeenasimple, sincere,friendlysoul,belovedofmenandwomenalike,andhewasthatnow Eudoraheldoutherhand,andhereyesfellbeforetheeyesoftheman,inan absurdfashionforsuchastatelycreatureasshe Butthemanhimselfactedlikea greathappyovergrownschool-boy “Hullo,Eudora,”hesaidagain “Hullo,”saidshe,falteringly Itwasinconceivablethattheyshouldmeetinsuchwiseaftertheyearsof separationandlongingwhichtheyhadbothundergone;buteachtookrefuge,as itwere,inalong-pastyouth,evenchildhood,fromthefiercetensionofage Whentheywerebothchildrentheyhadbeenaccustomedtopasseachotheron thevillagestreetwithexactlysuchsalutation,andnowbothrevertedtoit The tall,regalwomaninherIndiashawlandthestout,middle-agedmanhadboth steppedbacktotheirvantage-groundofspringtimetomeet However,afteramoment,Eudorareassertedherself “Ionlyheardashorttime agothatyouwerehere,”shesaid,inherusualevenvoice Thefairovalofher facewasassereneandproudtowardthemanasthefaceofthemoon Themanswunghisumbrella,thenbeganproddingthegroundwithit “Hullo, Eudora,”hesaidagain;thenheadded:“Howareyou,anyway?Fineandwell?” “Iamverywell,thankyou,”saidEudora “Soyouhavecomehometo Wellwoodafterallthistime?” Themanmadeaneffortandrecoveredhimself,althoughhishandsomefacewas burning “Yes,”heremarked,withconsiderableeaseanddignity,towhichhehadaright, forHarryLawtonhadnotmadeafailureofhislife,eventhoughithadnot includedEudoraandafulfilleddream “Yes,”hecontinued,“Ihadsomeleisure;infact,Ihavethisspringretiredfrom business;andIthoughtIwouldhavealookattheoldplace VerylittlechangedI amhappytofindit.” “Yes,itisverylittlechanged,”assentedEudora;“atleast,itseemssotome,but itisnotforalife-longdwellerinanyplacetojudgeofchange Itisfortheone whogoesandreturnsaftermanyyears.” TherewasafainthintofproudsadnessinEudora’svoiceasshespokethelast twowords “Ithasbeenmanyyears,”saidLawton,gravely,“andIwonderifithasseemed sotoyou.” Eudoraheldherheadproudly “Timepassesswiftly,”saidshe,tritely “Butsometimesitmayseemlonginthepassing,howeverswift,”saidLawton, “thoughIsupposeithasnottoyou Youlookjustthesame,”headded,regarding heradmiringly Eudoraflushedalittle “Imustbechanged,”shemurmured “Notabit Iwouldhaveknownyouanywhere ButI—” “Iknewyoutheminuteyouspoke.” “Didyou?”heasked,eagerly “IwasafraidIhadgrownsostoutyouwouldnot remembermeatall Queerhowamanwillgrowstout Iamnotsuchabigeater, either,andIhaveworkedhard,and—well,Imighthavebeenworseoff,butI mustsayIhaveseenmenwhoseemedtomehappier,thoughIhavemadethe bestofthings Ialwaysdiddespiseaflunk Butyou!Iheardyouhadadopteda baby,”hesaid,withasuddenglanceattheblueandwhitebundleinthecarriage, “andIthoughtyouweremightysensible Whenpeoplegrowoldtheywant youngpeoplegrowingaroundthem,staffsforoldage,youknow,andallthat sortofthing Don’tknowbutIshouldhaveadoptedaboymyselfifithadn’t beenfor—” Themanstopped,andhisfacewaspink Eudoraturnedherfaceslightlyaway “Bytheway,”saidtheman,inasuddenlyhushedvoice,“Isupposethekid you’vegotthereisasleep Wouldn’tdotowakehim?” “IthinkIhadbetternot,”repliedEudora,inahesitatingvoice Shebeganto walkalong,andHarryLawtonfellintostepbesideher “Isupposeitisn’tbesttowakeupbabies;makesthemcross,andtheycry,”he said “Say,Eudora,ishemuchtrouble?” “Verylittle,”repliedEudora,stillinthatstrangevoice “Doesn’tkeepyouawakenights?” “Ohno.” “Becauseifhedoes,Ireallythinkyoushouldhaveanurse Idon’tthinkyou oughttolosesleeptakingcareofhim.” “Idonot.” “Well,IwasmightygladwhenIheardyouhadadoptedhim Isupposeyou madesureabouthisparentage,wherehehailedfromandwhatsortofpeople?” “Ohyes.”Eudorawasverypale “That’sright Maybesometimeyouwilltellmeallaboutit Iamcomingover Thursdaytohavealookattheyoungster Ihavetogotothecityonbusinesstomorrowandcan’tgetbackuntilThursday Iwascomingoverto-nighttocallon you,butIhaveamancomingtotheinnthisevening—hecalledmeuponthe telephonejustnow—oneofthemenwhohavetakenmyplaceinthebusiness; andaslongasIhavemetyouIwilljustwalkalongwithyou,andcome Thursday Isupposethebabywon’tbelikelytowakeupjustyet,andwhenhe doesyou’llhavetogethissupperandputhimtobed Isthatthewaytherule goes?” Eudoranoddedinashamed,speechlesssortofway “Allright I’llcomeThursday-butsay,lookhere,Eudora Thisisaquietroad, notasoulinsight,justlikeanoutdoorroomtoourselves Whyshouldn’tIknow nowjustaswellaswait?Say,Eudora,youknowhowIusedtofeelaboutyou Well,ithaslastedalltheseyears TherehasneverbeenanotherwomanIeven caredtolookat Youarealone,exceptforthatbaby,andIamalone Eudora—” Themanhesitated Hisflushedfacehadpaled Eudorapacedsilentlyand waveringlyathisside “Eudora,”themanwenton,“youknowyoualwaysusedtorunawayfromme— nevergavemeachancetoreallyask;andIthoughtyoudidn’tcare But somehowIhavewondered—perhapsbecauseyounevergotmarried—ifyou didn’tquitemeanit,ifyoudidn’tquiteknowyourownmind You’llthinkI’ma conceitedass,butI’mnotabadsort,Eudora IwouldbeasgoodtoyouasI knowhow,and—wecouldbringhimuptogether.”Hepointedtothecarriage “I haveplentyofmoney Wecoulddoanythingwewantedtodoforhim,andwe shouldnothavetolivealone Say,Eudora,youmaynotthinkit’sthethingfora mantoownupto,but,hangitall!I’malone,andIdon’twanttofacetherestof mylifealone Eudora,doyouthinkyoucouldmakeupyourmindtomarryme, afterall?” Theyhadreachedtheturnintheroad Justbeyondrosethestatelypileoftheold Yatesmansion Eudorastoodstillandgaveonedesperatelookatherlover “I willletyouknowThursday,”shegasped Thenshewasgone,trundlingthe baby-carriagewithincrediblespeed “But,Eudora—” “Imustgo,”shecalledback,faintly Themanstoodstaringafterthehurrying figurewithitsswishingblackskirtsanditsflyingpointsofrichIndiashawl,and hesmiledhappilyandtenderly Thateveningattheinnhiscaller,ayoungfellow justmarriedandbeamingwithhappiness,sawanansweringbeamintheolder man’sface Hebrokeoffinthemidstofasentenceandstaredathim “Don’tgivemeawayuntilItellyouto,Ned,”hesaid,“butIdon’tknowbutI amgoingtofollowyourexample.” “Myexample?” “Yes,goingtogetmarried.” Theyoungmangasped Alookofsurprise,ofamusement,thenofgenerous sympathycameoverhisface HegraspedLawton’shand “Whoisshe?” “Oh,awomanIwantedmorethananythingintheworldwhenIwasaboutyour age.” “Thensheisn’tyoung?” “Sheisbetterthanyoung.” “Well,”agreedtheyoungman,“beingyoungandprettyisnoteverything.” “Pretty!”saidHarryLawton,scornfully,“pretty!Sheisagreatbeauty.” “Andnotyoung?” “Sheisagreatbeauty,andbetterthanyoung,becausetimehasnottouchedher beauty,andyoucanseeforyourselfthatitlasts.” Theyoungmanlaughed “Oh,well,”hesaid,withatenderinflection,“Idaresay thatmyAmywilllooklikethattome.” “Ifshedoesn’tyoudon’tloveher,”saidLawton “ButmyEudoraISthat.” “Thatisaqueer-soundingGreekname.” “SheisGreek,likehername Suchbeautynevergrowsold Shestandsonher pedestal,andtimeonlylooksathertoloveher.” “Ithoughtyouwereabusinessmanashardasnails,”saidtheyoungman, wonderingly Lawtonlaughed WhenThursdaycame,Lawton,carefullydressedandcarryingalongtissuepaperpackage,evidentlyofroses,approachedtheYateshouse Itwaslateinthe afternoon Therehadbeenawarmday,andthetreeswerecloudsofgreenand morebusheshadblossomed Eudorahadputonagreensilkdressofheryouth Therevolvingfashionshadmadeitverypassable,andthefabricwasasbeautiful asever WhenLawtonpresentedherwiththerosesshepinnedoneintheyellowedlace whichdrapedherbodiceandputtherestinagreatchinavaseonthetable The roseswereveryfragrant,andimmediatelythewholeroomwaspossessedby them Atiny,insistentcrycamefromacorner,andLawtonandEudoraturnedtoward it TherestoodtheoldwoodencradleinwhichEudorahadbeenrockedtosleep, butovertheclumsyhoodEudorahadtackedafallofricholdlaceandagreat bowofsoftpinksatin “Heiswakingup,”saidtheman,inahushed,almostreverentvoice Eudoranodded Shewenttowardthecradle,andthemanfollowed Sheliftedthe curtainoflace,andtherebecamevisiblelittlefeeblywavingpinkarmsand hands,liketentaclesoflove,andalittlepuckeredpinkfacewhichwasatonce uglyanddivinelybeautiful “Afineboy,”saidtheman Thebabymadeagrimaceathimwhichwashideous butlovely “Idobelievehethinksheknowsyou,”saidEudora,foolishly Thebabymadealittlenestlingmotion,anditscreasyeyelidsdropped “Lookstomeasifhewasgoingtosleepagain,”saidLawton,inawhisper Eudorajoggedthecradlegentlywithherfoot,andbothwerestill ThenEudora droppedthelaceveiloverthecradleagainandmovedsoftlyaway Lawtonfollowedher “Ihaven’tmyansweryet,Eudora,”hewhispered,leaning overhershoulderasshemoved “Comeintotheotherroom,”shemurmured,“orweshallwakethebaby.”Her voicewassoftlyexcited Eudoraledthewayintotheparlor,uponwhosewallshungsomereallygood portraitsandwhosefurnishingsstillmeritedtheadjectivemagnificent There hadbeenopulenceintheYatesfamily;andinthisroom,whichhadbeen conserved,therewasstillundimmedandunfadedevidenceofit Eudoradrew asideabrocadecurtainandsatdownonanembroideredsatinsofa Lawtonsat besideher “ThisroomlookseverywhitasgrandasitusedtolooktomewhenIwasa boy,”hesaid “Ithashardlybeenopened,excepttohaveitcleaned,sinceyouwentaway,” repliedEudora,“andnowearhascomeuponit.” “Andeverythingwasrathersplendidtobeginwith,andhaslasted Andsowere you,Eudora,andyouhavelasted Well,whataboutmyanswer,deargirl?” “Youhavetohearsomethingfirst.” Lawtonlaughed “Aconfession?” Eudoraheldherheadproudly “No,notexactly,”saidshe “IamnotsurethatI haveeverhadanythingtoconfess.” “Youneverweresure,youproudcreature.” “Iamnotnow Ineverintendedtodeceiveyou,butyouweredeceived Idid intendtodeceiveothers,otherswhohadnorighttoknow IdonotfeelthatI owethemanyexplanation Idooweyouone,althoughIdonotfeelthatIhave doneanythingwrong Still,Icannotallowyoutoremaindeceived.” “Well,whatisit,dear?” Eudoralookedathim “Yourememberthatafternoonwhenyoumetmewiththe baby-carriage?” “Well,Ishouldthinkso Mymemoryhasnotfailedmeinthreedays.” “YouthoughtIhadababyinthatcarriage.” “OfcourseIdid.” “Therewasn’tababyinthecarriage.” “Well,whatonearthwasit,then?Acat?” Eudora,ifpossible,lookedprouder “Itwasapackageofsoiledlinenfromthe Lancastergirls.” “Oh,goodheavens,Eudora!” “Yes,”saidEudora,proudly “Ilostnearlyeverythingwhenthatrailroadfailed I hadenoughlefttopaythetaxes,andthatwasall AfterIhadusedasmallsumin thesavings-banktherewasnothing OnedayIwentovertotheLancasters’,and I—well,Ihadnothadmuchtoeatforseveraldays Iwasalittlefaint,and—” “Eudora,youpoor,darlinggirl!” “AndtheLancastergirlsfoundout,”continuedEudora,calmly “Theygaveme somethingtoeat,andIsupposeIateasifIwerefamished Iwas.” “Eudora!” “Andtheywantedtogivememoney,butIwouldnottakeit,andtheyhadbeen tryingtofindalaundressfortheirfinerlinen—theiroldserving-womanwasill Theycouldfindonefortheheavierthings,buttheyareveryparticular,andIwas sureIcouldmanage,andsoIbeggedthemtoletmehavethework,andtheydid, andoverpaidme,Ifear AndI—Iknewverywellhowmanyspyingeyeswere about,andIthoughtofmyproudfatherandmyproudmotherandgrandmother, andperhapsIwasproud,too YouknowtheytalkabouttheYatespride Itwas notsomuchbecauseIwasashamedofdoinghonestworkasbecauseIdidresent thosepryingeyesandtattlingtongues,andsoIsaidnothing,butIdidgoback andforthinbroaddaylightwiththelinenwrappedupintheoldblueandwhite blanket,inmyoldcarriage,andtheythoughtwhattheythought.” Eudoralaughedfaintly Shehadagentlehumor “Itwassomewhatlaughable, too,”sheobserved “TheLancastergirlsandIhavehadourlittlejestsoverit,but IfeltthatIcouldnotdeceiveyou.” Lawtonlookedbewildered “Butthatisarealbabyinthere,”hesaid,jerkingan elbowtowardtheotherroom “Ohyes,”repliedEudora “Iadoptedhimyesterday IwenttotheChildren’s HomeinElmfield AmeliaLancasterwentwithme Wilsondroveusover I knowanursethere Shetookcareofmotherinherlastillness AndIadopted thisbaby;atleast,Iamgoingto Hecomesofrespectablepeople,andhis parentsaredead Hismotherdiedwhenhewasborn Heishealthy,andIthought himabeautifulbaby.” “Yes,heis,”assentedLawton,buthestilllookedsomewhatperplexed “Butwhy didyouhurryoffsoandgethim,Eudora?”saidhe “Ithoughtfromwhatyousaidthatdaythatyouwouldbedisappointedwhenyou foundoutIhadonlytheLancasterlinenandnotarealbaby,”saidEudorawith hercalm,grandairandwithnotraceofasmile “Thenthatmeansthatyousayyes,Eudora?” ForthefirsttimeEudoragaveastartledglanceathim “Didn’tyouknow?”she gasped “HowshouldI?Youhadnotsaidyesreally,dear.” “Doyouthink,”saidEudoraYates,“thatIamnottooproudtoallowyoutoask meifmyanswerwerenotyes?” “Sothatisthereasonyoualwaysranawayfromme,yearsago,sothatInever hadachancetoaskyou?” “Ofcourse,”saidEudora “Nowomanofmyfamilyeverallowsadeclaration whichshedoesnotintendtoaccept Iwasalwaystaughtthatbymymother.” Thenasmallbutinsistentcryrenttheair “Thebabyisawake!”criedEudora, andran,or,rather,pacedswiftly—Eudorahadbeentaughtnevertorun—and Lawtonfollowed Itwashewhofinallyquietedthechild,holdingthelittlething inhisarms Butthebaby,beforethat,criedsolongandlustilythatallthewomeninthe Glynnhouseoppositewereonthealert,andalsosomeofthefriendswhowere callingthere AbbySimsonwasone “HarryLawtonhasbeenthereoveranhournow,”saidAbby,whilethewailing continued,“andIknowaswellasIwanttothattherewillbeawedding.” “Iwonderhedoesn’tobjecttothatadoptedbaby,”saidJuliaEsterbrook “Iknowonething,”saidAbbySimson “Itmustbeaboybaby,ithollersso.” EndofTheProjectGutenbergEtextofTheYatesPridebyMaryFreeman ... Ethel’sspeechwasof the natureofanafter-climax The baby-carriageweakened the situation The otherwomenseizedupon the ideaof the carriagetocovertheirsurpriseand preventtoomuchgloatingon the partofMrs Glynn,Ethel,andJulia... ThisetextwascreatedbyJudithBoss,Omaha,Nebraska THE YATES PRIDE AROMANCE BYMARYE WILKINSFREEMAN PARTI THE YATES PRIDE OppositeMissEudora Yates soldcolonialmansionwas the perkymodern QueenAnneresidenceofMrs... InformationoncontactingProjectGutenbergtogetEtexts,andfurther informationisincludedbelow Weneedyourdonations The Yates Pride byMaryE WilkinsFreeman July,1997[Etext#978] The ProjectGutenbergEtextof The Yates Pride byMaryFreeman******This
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