Portraying the simple life of the quaint "Down East" characters. Calvin Parks is an interesting character who has bought out the candy route. His faithful old horse takes him from village to village, where he dispenses of his wares and gossips by the way.
and no mistake. She'd been a widder ever since the boys were a year old, so she had to do for herself and them, and she done it. She was a master hand; a master hand!"
He shook his head, and washed the platter vigorously.
"Did it keep on that way after they grew up?" asked Mary Sands.
"Did it?" repeated Calvin. "Yes, it did! Neither one of 'em could stand against their Ma. Folks thought the boys would marry, and that would break it up like, but Ma wouldn't have that. 'When I find two girls as much alike as they is boys,' she'd say, 'we'll talk about gettin' married; till then they're wife enough for each other.'
"That was when Sam was takin' notice of Ivy Bell. She was a girl from Vermont, come visitin' Ammi Bean's folks; her mother was sister to Ammi. She was a pretty, slim little creatur', and I expect Sam thought she was all creation for a spell; but she never could tell him from Sim, and Sim didn't take to her no way, shape or manner. That suited their Ma first rate, and she'd
Very sweet and funny story of a soft-hearted, middle-aged ex-sailor, now with a country candy route, who becomes smitten with the housekeeping cousin of old friends.
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