The House

An Episode in the Lives of Reuben Baker, Astronomer, and of His Wife, Alice

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Author: Eugene Field
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,017 / 144 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 359
Added to site: 2007.06.12
mnybks.net#: 17305
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Works of Eugene Field, Vol. VIII

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to the last breath of my life!"

Then she made me put on my boots and overcoat and hat and go with her to see her new purchase--"our house!"


II

OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS

Everybody's house is better made by his neighbors. This philosophical utterance occurs in one of those black-letter volumes which I purchased with the money left me by my Aunt Susan (of blessed memory!). Even if Alice and I had not fully made up our minds, after nineteen years of planning and figuring, what kind of a house we wanted, we could have referred the important matter to our neighbors in the confident assurance that these amiable folk were much more intimately acquainted with our needs and our desires than we ourselves were. The utter disinterestedness of a neighbor qualifies him to judge dispassionately of your requirements. When he tells you that you ought to do so and so or ought to have such and such a thing, his counsel should be heeded, because the probabilities are that he has made a careful

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