But hungry or not hungry, I had to take the potato back: "Nothing in the world could be taken without asking--that was stealing--and she was the only person in the world I had a right to ask anything of!"
It was a bitter lesson, and was rendered more so by the fact that when I carried the tear-bathed potato back to the street and laid it down, neither the woman who bought nor the man who sold was in sight--and, dear Heaven! I could almost have eaten it raw.
But I was learning obedience and self-respect; more than that, I was already acquiring one of the necessary qualities for an actress--the power of close observation.
The next four years (the second group) were the hardest to endure of them all. True, I now had sufficient food and warmth, since my mother had given up sewing for shops--which kept us nearly always hungry--and had found other occupations. But the great object of both our lives was to be together, and there are few people who are willing to employ a woman w
For some reason while reading this book I kept think of The Little House on the Prairie books. Not, that the stories have anything to do with one another. I think that it has more to do with writing style and the over all mood of the book. Its a simple story of poor girl that makes good and her experiences along the way. Her experiences have been sanitized to meet the expectations of the audience of 1901. Also I think it was her nature to see the better side of life and people. You know while reading this book that she knew real want, but she writes in such a matter of fact way about it that the story never gets cloying or maudlin. There are some good character sketches of some of the people the she worked with. The section about John Wilkes Booth was very interesting. it talks about him as an actor instead of a political figure. This is just a really sweet and easy read that held my interest, well worth the time.
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