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Eliza

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Author: Barry Pain (Eric Odell)
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,076 / 70 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,464
Added to site: 2007.12.10
mnybks.net#: 19327
Origin: gutenberg.org
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n to the cabman. I was much annoyed about that. It was true I ran into the horse, but it was not my fault that it bolted and went into the lamp-post. As I said, rather sharply, to the man when I paid him, if his horse had been steady the thing would never have happened. He did not know what to answer, and made some silly remark about my not being fit to ride a mangle. Both then and at the time of the accident his language was disrespectful and profane.

However, I need not go further into that. It is enough to say that we had some unusual expenses, and were distinctly short.

"I don't blame you, Eliza," I said. "Anything you have had you are very welcome to."

"I haven't had anything, except the measles," she said; "and I don't see how you can blame me for that."

"But," I said, "I think it's high time you paid a visit to your mother, and showed her that we have not forgotten her. Take some Swiss roll--about sixpennyworth. Try to make things seem a little brighter to her. If she says a

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