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Kate Douglas Wiggin

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Marm Lisa 

by Kate Douglas Wiggin 

CHAPTER I--EDEN PLACE 

Eden Place was a short street running at right angles with Eden
Square, a most unattractive and infertile triangle of ground in a
most unattractive but respectable quarter of a large city.  It was
called a square, not so much, probably, because it was triangular in
shape, as because it was hardly large enough to be designated as a
park.  As to its being called 'Eden,' the origin of that qualifying
word is enveloped in mystery; but it is likely that the enthusiastic
persons who projected it saw visions and dreamed dreams of green
benches under umbrageous trees, of a green wire fence, ever green,
and of plots of blossoming flowers filling the grateful air with
unaccustomed fragrance. 

As a matter of fact, the trees had always been stunted and stubby,

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