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That Old-Time Child, Roberta

Her Home-Life on the Farm

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Author: Sophie Fox Sea
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,980 / 62 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 245
Added to site: 2005.12.30
mnybks.net#: 12442
Origin: gutenberg.org
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goes en how she fars, Nobody knows en nobody kyars.

and invariably wind up by getting the very playthings she wanted from Roberta as a peace offering.

I must not forget to tell you about Roberta's Sunday School for little negro children. If the child didn't always keep perfect order and make the headway she would have liked, it wasn't because she didn't try. Her whole heart was in the work. She really was very intelligent, and Aunt Betsy said, "If there was such a thing as anybody being born in this world a Christian, she believed Roberta was." I think she must have had the germ of object teaching--that is the fad now--in her nature, she could paint such vivid mental pictures to convey an idea. Once she was telling Polly about God's punishment of sinners, and Polly said, "Lawdy, Lil Missus, I feel dem blazes creepen' all over me dis minit." She had a great deal to contend with, almost as much as Mrs. Marsden had, in getting the older negroes to come in to prayers. Nine times out of ten, when she ra

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