The Givers -- Lucy -- Eglantina -- Joy -- The Reign of the Doll -- The Chance of Araminta -- The Butterfly -- The Last Gift
ey went together them three years, and, far as I can see, they think each other is better than in the beginnin'. Well, as I was sayin', it seemed to me that those two had ought to get married before long if they were ever goin' to, but I must confess I didn't see how they were any nearer it than when they started keepin' company."
"Herbert has been pretty handicapped," remarked Mrs. Cutting.
"Handicapped? Well, I rather guess he has! He was young when his father died, and when his mother had that dreadful sickness and had to go to the hospital, he couldn't keep up the taxes, and the interest on the mortgage got behindhand; the house was mortgaged when his father died, and it had to go; he's had to hire ever since. They're comin' here to live; you knew that, I s'pose?"
"Sophia, you don't mean his mother is coming here to live?"
"Why not? I'm mighty glad the poor woman's goin' to have a good home in her old age. She's a good woman as ever was, just as mild-spoken, and smart too. I'm
Good short story collection that focuses on the seemingly unimportant people in society - the poor, the elderly, the plain-looking, the spinsters. The author treats these people with real compassion and empathy, making the characters come alive so that we see the worth and value in their quiet lives.