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Diana

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Author: Susan Warner (Elizabeth Wetherell)
Published: 1877
Language: English
Wordcount: 133,542 / 377 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 565
Added to site: 2009.08.28
mnybks.net#: 25126
Origin: gutenberg.org
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dings of a maiden's life. Only in their essentials, however; no luxury was there. The little chest of drawers, covered with a white cloth, held a brush and comb, and supported a tiny looking-glass; small paraphernalia of vanity. No essences or perfumes or powders; no curling sticks or crimping pins; no rats or cats, cushions or frames, or skeletons of any sort, were there for the help of the rustic beauty; and neither did she need them. So you would have said if you had seen her when her toilette was done. The soft outlines of her figure were neither helped nor hidden by any artificial contrivances. Her abundant dark hair was in smooth bands and a luxuriant coil at the back of her head--woman's natural crown; and she looked nature-crowned when she had finished her work. Just because nature had done so much for her and she had let nature alone; and because, furthermore, Diana did not know or at least did not think about her beauty. When she was in order, and it did not take long, she placed herself at the tabl

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