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Wives and Daughters
E. C. Gaskell

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WIVES AND DAUGHTERS 

CHAPTER I 

THE DAWN OF A GALA DAY 

To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood.  In a country there was
a shire, and in that shire there was a town, and in that town there
was a house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room
there was a bed, and in that bed there lay a little girl; wide awake
and longing to get up, but not daring to do so for fear of the
unseen power in the next room--a certain Betty, whose slumbers must
not be disturbed until six o'clock struck, when she wakened of
herself 'as sure as clockwork', and left the household very little
peace afterwards.  It was a June morning, and early as it was, the
room was full of sunny warmth and light. 

On the drawers opposite to the little white dimity bed in which
Molly Gibson lay, was a primitive kind of bonnet-stand on which was

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