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The Treasure

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Author: Kathleen Norris
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,633 / 83 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 540
mnybks.net#: 5331
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Humor

A fairly readable but slight story which deals with the servat problem in the everyday American family with a single maid, and points a way out. The "treasure" is a graduate of a unique college for training servants, under whose capable hand the household moves like clockwork; but not without amusing scenes as the family try to adjust themselves to the new order of things.

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d restlessly at his paper, murmured that Lizzie might be "fired"; and, when Mrs. Salisbury had resolutely bottled up her seething discontent inside of herself, she sometimes heard him murmuring, "Bad--bad--management" as he sat chewing his pipe-stem on the dark porch or beside the fire.

Alexandra, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the house, was equally incurious and unreasonable about domestic details.

"But, honestly, Mother, you know you're afraid of Lizzie, and she knows it," Alexandra would declare gaily; "I can't tell you how I'd manage her, because she's not my servant, but I know I would do something!"

Beauty and intelligence gave Alexandra, even at eighteen, a certain serene poise and self-reliance that lifted her above the old- fashioned topics of "trouble with girls," and housekeeping, and marketing. Alexandra touched these subjects under the titles of "budgets," "domestic science," and "efficiency." Neither she nor her mother recognized the old, homely subjects under their new names, and s

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