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An Old Woman's Tale

from The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces

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Published: 1830
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,866 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.2
LoC Category: PS
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e was bestridden by a pair of gold- bowed spectacles with enormous glasses. But the old lady's face was pinched, sharp and sallow, wearing a niggardly and avaricious expression, and forming an odd contrast to the splendor of her attire, as did likewise the implement which she held in her hand. It was a sort of iron shovel (by housewives termed a "slice"), such as is used in clearing the oven, and with this, selecting a spot between a walnut-tree and the fountain, the good dame made an earnest attempt to dig. The tender sods, however, possessed a strange impenetrability. They resisted her efforts like a quarry of living granite, and losing her breath, she cast down the shovel and seemed to bemoan herself most piteously, gnashing her teeth (what few she had) and wringing her thin yellow hands. Then, apparently with new hope, she resumed her toil, which still had the same result,--a circumstance the less surprising to David and Esther, because at times they would catch the moonlight shining through the old



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