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A Girl in Ten Thousand

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Author: L.T. Meade (Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith)
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,137 / 158 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 687
Added to site: 2006.11.12
mnybks.net#: 15219
Origin: gutenberg.org

The heroine is an English girl, the daughter of a country doctor, who sacrificed his life for his profession. Believing herself fitted for a nurse, Effie Staunton began a course of training in St. Joseph's Hospital, London. Just as Effie was assured of success, she was forced to resign her charge. The story tells of her life thereafter, dwelling particularly on the incident that led to her being called "A girl in ten thousand."

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w does she earn her living?"

"Oh, she is a nurse in a hospital. She has been in St. Joseph's Hospital for years, and is now superintendent of one of the wards. She gets a good salary."

The doctor rubbed his hands together in a somewhat impatient way. "You know my opinion of lady nurses," he said, looking at his wife.

"Well, dear, make the best of Dorothy for Effie's sake. I hear the steps of the two girls now. You will do what you can to be agreeable, won't you?"

"No," said the doctor; "I shall growl like a bear with a sore head, when I see women who ought to be content with sweet home duties struggling and pining to go out into the world."

The last words had scarcely left the doctor's lips before the dining-room door was opened, and Effie, accompanied by her friend, entered the room.

Dorothy Fraser was about twenty-eight years of age; she was tall; she had a fair, calm sort of face; her eyes were large and gray, her mouth sweet. She had a way of taking possession of

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