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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofMaggieMiller,byMaryJ Holmes ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostno restrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthe termsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.net Title:MaggieMiller Author:MaryJ Holmes ReleaseDate:February25,2004[EBook#11280] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKMAGGIEMILLER *** ProducedbyKevinHandy,DaveMaddock,JosephinePaolucciandtheOnline DistributedProofreadingTeam MAGGIEMILLER THESTORYOFOLDHAGAR'SSECRET ByMARYJ HOLMES, Authorof"LenaRivers,""TempestandSunshine,""EnglishOrphans," "DoraDeane,"etc.,etc "Leadusnotintotemptation." CONTENTS CHAPTER I THEOLDHOUSEBYTHEMILL II HAGAR'SSECRET III HESTERANDMAGGIE IV GIRLHOOD V TRIFLES VI THEJUNIORPARTNER VII THESENIORPARTNER VIII STARSANDSTRIPES IX ROSEWARNER X EXPECTEDGUESTS XI UNEXPECTEDGUESTS XII THEWATERSARETROUBLED XIII SOCIETY XIV MADAMCONWAY'SDISASTERS XV ARTHURCARROLLTONANDMAGGIE XVI PERPLEXITY XVII BROTHERANDSISTER XVIII THEPEDDLER XIX THETELLINGOFTHESECRET XX THERESULT XXI THESISTERS XXII THEHOUSEOFMOURNING XXIII NIAGARA XXIV HOME XXV HAGAR XXVI AUGUSTEIGHTEENTH,1858 MAGGIEMILLER CHAPTERI THEOLDHOUSEBYTHEMILL 'MidtheNewEnglandhills,andbeneaththeshadowoftheirdimoldwoods,isa runningbrookwhosedeepwaterswerenotalwaysasmerryandfrolicsomeas now;foryearsbeforeourstoryopens,pentupandimpededintheircourse,they dashedangrilyagainsttheirprisonwalls,andturnedthecreakingwheelofanold sawmillwithasullen,rebelliousroar Themillhasgonetodecay,andthesturdy menwhofeditwiththegiantoaksoftheforestaresleepingquietlyinthevillage graveyard Thewatersofthemill-pond,too,relievedfromtheirconfinement, leapgaylyovertheruineddam,tossingforamomentinwantongleetheirlocks ofsnow-whitefoam,andthenflowingon,halffearfullyasitwere,throughthe deepgorgeoverhungwiththehemlockandthepine,wheretheshadowsof twilighteverlie,andwheretherocksfrowngloomilydownuponthestream below,which,emergingfromthedarkness,losesitselfatlastinthewatersofthe gracefullywindingChicopee,andleavesfarbehindthemoss-coveredwallsof whatisfamiliarlyknownasthe"OldHousebytheMill." 'Tisahuge,old-fashionedbuilding,distantnearlyamilefromthepublic highway,andsurroundedsothicklybyforesttreesthatthebrightsunlight, dancingmerrilymidsttherustlingleavesabove,fallsbutseldomonthetimestainedwallsofdarkgraystone,wherethedampanddewsofmorethana centuryhavefallen,andwherenowthegreenmossclingswithalovinggrasp,as if'twereitsrightfulresting-place WhenthethundersoftheRevolutionshook thehillsoftheBayState,andtheroyalbannerfloatedintheeveningbreeze,the housewasownedbyanoldEnglishmanwho,loyaltohiskingandcountry, denouncedasrebelsthefollowersofWashington Againstthese,however,he wouldnotraisehishand,foramongthemweremanylong-triedfriendswhohad gatheredwithhimaroundthefestalboard;sohechosetheonlyremaining alternative,andwentbacktohisnativecountry,cherishingthehopethathe shouldonedayreturntothehomehelovedsowell,andlistenagaintothe musicalflowofthebrook,whichcouldbedistinctlyheardfromthedoorofthe mansion Buthiswishwasvain,forwhenatlastAmericawasfreeandthe Britishtroopsrecalled,hesleptbeneaththesodofEngland,andtheoldhouse wasformanyyearsdeserted TheEnglishmanhadbeengreatlybeloved,andhis propertywasunmolested,whiletheweedsandgrassgrewtallandrankinthe gardenbeds,andthebirdsofheavenbuilttheirnestsbeneaththeprojectingroof orheldaholidayinthegloomy,silentrooms Astimepassedon,however,andnooneappearedtodisputetheirright,different familiesoccupiedthehouseatintervals,untilatlast,whennearlyfiftyyearshad elapsed,newswasonedayreceivedthatMadamConway,agranddaughterofthe oldEnglishman,havingmetwithreversesathome,haddeterminedtoemigrate totheNewWorld,andrememberingthe"HousebytheMill,"ofwhichshehad heardsomuch,shewishedtoknowifpeaceablepossessionofitwouldbe allowedher,incaseshedecideduponremovingthitherandmakingitherfuture home Tothisplannoobjectionwasmade,fortheagedpeopleofHillsdalestill cherishedthememoryofthehospitableoldmanwhoselocksweregraywhile theywereyetbutchildren,andtheyoungerportionofthecommunityhopedfor arenewalofthegayetieswhichtheyhadheardwereoncesocommonattheold stonehouse Butinthistheyweredisappointed,forMadamConwaywasaproud,unsociable woman,desiringnoacquaintancewhateverwithherneighbors,who,aftermany ineffectualattemptsatsomethinglikefriendlyintercourse,concludedtoleave herentirelyalone,andcontentedthemselveswithwatchingtheprogressof mattersat"MillFarm,"asshedesignatedtheplace,whichsoonbegantoshow visiblemarksofimprovement TheEnglishmanwasamanoftaste,andMadam Conway'sfirstworkwasanattempttorestorethegroundstosomethingoftheir formerbeauty Theyardandgardenwereclearedofweeds,thewalksand flower-bedslaidoutwithcare,andthentheneighborslookedtoseehercutaway afewofthemultitudeoftreeswhichhadsprunguparoundherhome Butthis shehadnointentionofdoing "Theyshutmeout,"shesaid,"fromtheprying eyesofthevulgar,andIwouldratheritshouldbeso."Sothetreesremained, throwingtheirlongshadowsuponthehigh,narrowwindows,andintothelarge squarerooms,wherethemorninglightandthenoondayheatseldomfound entrance,andwhichseemedlikesomanycold,silentcaverns,withtheiroldfashionedmassivefurniture,theirdark,heavycurtains,andthenoiselessfootfall ofthestatelylady,whomovedeverwiththesamemeasuredtread,speaking alwayssoftlyandlowtothehouseholdservants,who,havingbeentrainedinher service,hadfollowedheracrossthesea FromthesetheneighborslearnedthatMadamConwayhadinLondonamarried daughter,Mrs Miller;thatoldHagarWarren,thestrange-lookingwomanwho morethananyoneelsesharedhermistress'confidence,hadgrownupinthe family,receivingaverygoodeducation,andhadnursedtheiryoungmistress, MissMargaret,whichofcourseentitledhertomorerespectthanwasusually bestoweduponmenialslikeher;thatMadamConwaywasveryaristocratic,very proudofherhighEnglishblood;thatthoughshelivedalonesheattendedstrictly toalltheformalitiesofhighlife,dressingeachdaywiththeutmostprecisionfor hersolitarydinner—diningoffaserviceofsolidsilver,andpresidingwithgreat dignityinherstraight,high-backedchair Shewasfond,too,oftherubywine, andhercellarwasstoredwiththechoicestliquors,someofwhichshehad broughtwithherfromhome,whileothers,itwassaid,hadbelongedtoher grandfather,andforhalfacenturyhadremainedunseenandunmolested,while thecobwebsoftimehadwovenaroundthemamistycovering,makingthemstill morevaluabletothelady,whoknewfullwellhowageimprovedsuchthings Regularlyeachdaysherodeinherponderouscarriage,sometimesaloneand sometimesaccompaniedbyHester,thedaughterofoldHagar,ahandsome, intelligent-lookinggirl,who,aftertwoorthreeyearsofcomparativeidlenessat MillFarm,wenttoMeriden,Conn.,asseamstressinafamilywhichhad advertisedforsuchaperson Withherdepartedtheonlylifeofthehouse,and duringthefollowingyearthereensuedamonotonousquiet,whichwasbrokenat lastforHagarbythestartlingannouncementthatherdaughter'syoungmistress haddiedfourmonthsbefore,andthehusband,agray-haired,elderlyman,had provedconclusivelythathewasinhisdotagebytalkingofmarriagetoHester, who,eretheletterreachedhermother,wouldprobablybethethirdbrideofone whosereputedwealthwastheonlypossibleinducementtoagirllikeHester Warren WithanimmensedegreeofsatisfactionHagarreadtheletterthrough,exulting thatfortunehadfavoredheratlast Possessedofmanysterlingqualities,Hagar Warrenhadoneglaringfault,whichhadimbitteredherwholelife Whyothers wererichwhileshewaspoorshecouldnotunderstand,andherheartrebelledat thefatewhichhadmadeherwhatshewas ButHesterwouldbewealthy—nay,wouldperhapsonedayrivalthehaughty Mrs Milleracrossthewater,whohadbeenherplaymate;therewascomfortin that,andshewrotetoherdaughterexpressingherentireapprobation,andhinting vaguelyofthepossibilitythatsheherselfmightsometimeceasetobeaservant, andhelpdothehonorsofMr Hamilton'shouse!Tothistherecamenoreply,and HagarwasthinkingseriouslyofmakingavisittoMeriden,whenonerainy autumnalnight,nearlyayearafterHester'smarriage,therecameanotherletter sealedwithblack WithasadforebodingHagaropenedit,andreadthatMr Hamiltonhadfailed;thathishouseandfarmweresold,andthathe, overwhelmedwithmortificationbothathisfailureandtheoppositionofhis friendstohislastmarriage,haddiedsuddenly,leavingHesterwithnohomein thewideworldunlessMadamConwayreceivedheragainintoherfamily "Justmyluck!"wasHagar'smentalcomment,asshefinishedreadingtheletter andcarriedittohermistress,whohadalwayslikedHester,andwhoreadily consentedtogiveherahome,providedsheputonnoairsfromhavingbeenfora timethewifeofareputedwealthyman "Mustn'tputonairs!"mutteredHagar, asshelefttheroom "Justasifairswasn'tforanybodybuthighbloods!"And withthecanker-wormofenvyatherheartshewrotetoHester,whocame immediately;andHagar—whensheheardhertellthestoryofherwrongs,how herhusband'ssister,indignantathismarriagewithasewing-girl,hadremoved fromhimthechildren,oneastepchildandonehisown,andhowofallhisvast fortunetherewasnotleftforherapenny—experiencedagaintheoldbitterness offeeling,andmurmuredthatfateshouldthusdealwithherandhers Withthenextday'smailtherecametoMadamConwayaletterbearingaforeign postmark,andbringingthesadnewsthatherson-in-lawhadbeenlostinastorm whilecrossingtheEnglishChannel,andthatherdaughterMargaret,utterly crushedandheartbroken,wouldsailimmediatelyforAmerica,whereshewished onlytolayherwearyheaduponhermother'sbosomanddie "Sothereisonepersonthathasnorespectforblood,andthatisDeath,"saidold Hagartohermistress,whensheheardthenews "Hehasservedusbothalike,he hastakenmyson-in-lawfirstandyoursnext." Frowninghaughtily,MadamConwaybadeherbesilent,tellingheratthesame timetoseethattheroomsinthenorthpartofthebuildingwereputinperfect orderforMrs Miller,whowouldprobablycomeinthenextvessel Insullen silenceHagarwithdrew,andforseveraldaysworkedhalfreluctantlyinthe "northrooms,"asMadamConwaytermedacomparativelypleasant,airysuiteof apartments,withabalconyabove,whichlookedoutupontheoldmill-damand ... www.gutenberg.net Title: Maggie Miller Author:MaryJ Holmes ReleaseDate:February25,2004[EBook#11280] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK MAGGIE MILLER *** ProducedbyKevinHandy,DaveMaddock,JosephinePaolucciandtheOnline... herroomHesterHamilton,thechilddefraudedofherbirthright,and Maggie Miller, theheroineofourstory CHAPTERIII HESTERAND MAGGIE "Itisovernow,"oldHagarthought,asshelaidthechildrenupontheirpillows... "Ands'posin'Hesterwasyourmother,wouldyoucare?"persisted Hagar "OfcourseIshould,"answered Maggie, herlargeeyesopeningwideatthe strangequestion "Iwouldn'tforthewholeworldbeanybodybut Maggie Miller, justwhoIam Tobesure,IgetawfullyoutofpatiencewithgrandmaandMrs
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