Excerpts from the booklet:
It used to be a scorching September afternoon, and in a
pleasant third-story room of Mrs. Hemp's " Board-
ing-House for school Students," ladies have been
engaged in a full of life dialogue.
They had prepared either beds to fit one among them;
no room-mates ever entertained an identical view
with regard to the location in their beds and had
shifted the terrible lame wash-stand yet 5 occasions, al-
though it had shed a castor at most of these jour-
neys, retailer the final, and could gladly have contributed
another, had it now not turn into decreased in conditions.
At current the depth in their dialogue was once in-
creased by way of the truth that Ruth had simply dissatisfied a field of
tacks, and Christine had stepped on them.
" That was once a cowardly onslaught ! " cried the vic-
tim, spinning round on one unsatisfied toe. " There
isn't a specific thing approximately collage that i admire to date, even if
it does not start until to-morrow; and that i had on my
thin slippers too ! "
" take a seat on my mattress, and choose the tacks out
of the soles, please, Chris," was once the unsympathetic
answer. " i need to have them to place up those
Christine the recommendation, yet in the meantime
relieved her emotions by way of reviling the size of
"We have a stunning view," stated Ruth, having a look
out on the far-away river, and the blue hills which lay
dreamy and hot within the afternoon sunshine.
" sure, we will maintain a view, since it 's out of
doors," stated Christine, stubbornly; "we can have to
put the piano lamp in the market too. probably we will
be tempted to maneuver out ourselves. simply examine that
tack at the flooring ; what a shadow it casts ! "
" foolish girl," stated Ruth, amiably, " the place do you
think I had larger grasp ' Madame Le Brun etsa Fille,'
between the 2 windows?"
" don't enterprise to handle me," was once the strict
retort ; " this is often the thirty-first that i've got got rid of
from the toe by myself ! "
Ruth moved concerning the room in obedient silence,
unpacking the teacups from a " pocket-edition " bathtub-
tub, dusting books, and putting them in accordance with
size in a genial bookcase of sunny brown, alongside the
middle ledge of which was once revealed in chalk, " Les
hommes sont mechants, mais leurs livres sont bons."
" i do not see why we could not get at the campus
this yr, anyhow," acknowledged Christine, dismally. " My
father's a Senator ; and, in addition to, he has a white
beard. i do not see how the Registrar dared inform a
man with a white beard that there wasn't room for
his daughter at the campus."
" Christine, you 're too ridiculous," laughed Ruth ;
" you recognize that individuals need to practice months and
sometimes years previously to get rooms at the
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