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The Getting of Wisdom

by Henry Handel Richardson



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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... they looked very nice," said Laura, in a small voice, and was extremely conscious of her own thirteen years. "Simply stunning Though Mays so slender--Mays the pretty one--and has such a jolly figure... I believe I could span her waist with my two hands her service is just Ai--at tennis, I mean." "Is it really?" said Laura wanly, and felt unutterably depressed at the turn the conversation was taking.--Her own waist was coarse, her knowledge of tennis of the slightest. "Ra-ther Overhand, with a cut on it--she plays with a 14-oz. racquet. And she has a back drive, too, by Jove, that--you play, of course?" "Oh, yes." Laura spoke up manfully; but prayed that he would not press his inquiries further. At this juncture, his attention was diverted by the passing of a fine tandem; and as soon as he brought it back to her again, she said: "Youre at Trinity, arent you?"--which was finesse; for she knew he wasnt. "Well, yes... all but," answered Bob, well pleased. "I start in this winter." "How nice " There was another pause; then, she blurted out: "We church girls always wear Trinity colours at the boat-race." She hoped, from her heart, this might lead him to say that he would look out for her there; but he did nothing of the kind. His answer was to the effect that this year they jolly well expected to knock Ormond into a cocked hat. Lunch threatened to be formidable. To begin with, Laura, whose natural, easy frankness had, by this time, all but been successfully educated out of her, Laura was never shyer with strangers than at a meal, No sooner had he drawn in his chair to the table than he began. Lifting his head and thrusting out his chin, he sniffed the air in all directions, with a moving nose--just as a cat does. Every one looked at him...
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