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The Pool in the Desert

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Author: Sara Jeannette Duncan (Garth Grafton)
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 69,087 / 196 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.9
LoC Category: PN
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2. An Impossible Ideal.
3. The Hesitation of Miss Anderson.
4. The Pool in the Desert.

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ish lace--an industry which, as is well known, the Royal Family has set its heart on rehabilitating. Upon which Mrs. Farnham's comment invariably would be, 'How thoughtful of them, dear!' and Alice would usually say, 'Well, if I were a princess, I should like something nicer than plain grey poplin.' Alice, being the youngest, was not always expected to think before she spoke. Alice painted in water-colours, but Emma was supposed to have the most common sense.

They took turns in writing to us with the greatest regularity about Cecily; only once, I think, did they miss the weekly mail, and that was when she threatened diphtheria and they thought we had better be kept in ignorance. The kind and affectionate terms of these letters never altered except with the facts they described--teething, creeping, measles, cheeks growing round and rosy, all were conveyed in the same smooth, pat, and proper phrases, so absolutely empty of any glimpse of the child's personality that after the first few months it was like



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