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A Maid of Many Moods by Virna Sheard

Produced by Al Haines

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[Frontispiece: "Debora! What is it? What hath come to thee?"]

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A MAID

OF

MANY

MOODS

_By_ VIRNA SHEARD

Toronto, THE COPP, CLARK COMPANY, Ltd. MCMII

Copyright, 1902, By James Pott & Co.

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London

_First Impression, September, 1902_

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"Debora! What is it? What hath come to thee?" . . . _Frontispiece_

"Thou'lt light no more"

She followed the tragedy intensely

"I liked thee as a girl, Deb; but I love thee as a lad"

"It breaks my heart to see thee here, Nick"

Darby went lightly from one London topic to another

CHAPTER I

[Illustration: Chapter I headpiece]

I

It was Christmas Eve, and all the small diamond window panes of One Tree Inn, the half-way house upon the road from Stratford to Shottery, were aglitter with light from the great fire in the front room chimney-place and from the many candles Mistress Debora had set in their brass candlesticks and started a-burning herself. The place, usually so dark and quiet at this time of night, seemed to have gone off in a whirligig of gaiety to celebrate the Noel-tide.

In vain had old Marjorie, the housekeeper, scolded. In vain had Master Thornbury, who was of a thrifty and saving nature, followed his daughter about and expostulated. She only laughed and waved the lighted end of the long spill around his broad red face and bright flowered jerkin.

"Nay, Dad!" she had cried, teasing him thus, "I'll help thee save thy pennies to-morrow, but to-night I'm of another mind, and will have such a lighting up in One Tree Inn the rustics will come running from Coventry to see if it be really ablaze. There'll not be a candle in any room whatever without its own little feather of fire, not a dip in the kitchen left dark! So just save thy breath to blow them out later."


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