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A Box of Dead Roses

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Author: Ethel Mills
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,461 / 5 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 121.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 605
Added to site: 2010.03.12 26975
Genre: Short Story

ess, to the prettiest woman in the district. Every evening she used to stand at her bedroom door, looking along the verandah, until she saw her husband returning from his work; and every evening he brought her a rose from the big bush by the steps. That was during the first months of her marriage. Next year, the rose-bush bore as abundantly as ever, but the man often forgot to pick a flower for her; and, after a time, he forgot altogether.

The young wife was painfully ideal and long-suffering, and never gave him a word of reproach; she was still so much in love with him that she was shy, and blushed like a girl when he came near her unexpectedly. "Fancy: after two years of married life!"

And the old lady smiled wickedly, and continued:

"She was tired one night, and went to bed early, leaving her husband smoking and reading in the dining-room; but it was so hot that she presently got up, threw on a gown, and strolled along the verandah in the shadow for a breath of cool air. T

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****

Not that impressed with it.

Maria Wendt

A short story that takes ten seconds to read, yet it is filled with such beautuful words on marriage, love, unfaithfulness and the old lady's box of dead roses. A lovely story that you should read. It will only take ten seconds.


A beautiful story of an elderly Australian woman reflecting on her marriage.



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