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A Sheaf of Corn by Mary E. Mann

A SHEAF OF CORN

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

ROSE AT HONEYPOT THE PATTEN EXPERIMENT OLIVIA'S SUMMER A LOST ESTATE THE PARISH OF HILBY THE PARISH NURSE GRAN'MA'S JANE MRS. PETER HOWARD A WINTER'S TALE ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS THERE WAS ONCE A PRINCE WHEN ARNOLD COMES HOME MOONLIGHT THE MATING OF A DOVE THE FIELDS OF DULDITCH AMONG THE SYRINGAS SUSANNAH THE EGLAMORE PORTRAITS THE MEMORIES OF RONALD LOVE

A SHEAF OF CORN

BY

MARY E. MANN

"I WENT A PILGRIM THROUGH THE UNIVERSE, AND COMMUNED OFT WITH STRANGERS AS I STRAYED, IN EVERY CORNER SOME ADVANTAGE FOUND, AND FROM EACH SHEAF OF CORN I DREW A BLADE."

METHUEN & CO. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON

_First Published in 1908_

CONTENTS

PAGE

WOMEN O' DULDITCH 1

CLOMAYNE'S CLERK 15

IN A TEA-SHOP 33

A CHALK-MARK ON A GATE--Part I 51

A CHALK-MARK ON A GATE--Part II 63

"AS 'TWAS TOLD TO ME" 77

FREDDY'S SHIP 91

A NERVE CURE 109

THE PRIVATE WARD 135

DORA OF THE RINGOLETS 153

PINK CARNATIONS 167

A LITTLE WHITE DOG 183

IT ANSWERED 195

TO BERTHA IN BOMBAY 209

AUNTIE 223

WILLY AND I 243

A BROKEN BOOT 255

WHEN DEEP SLEEP FALLETH 267

THE EXCELLENT JOYS OF YOUTH 283

CARES OF A CURATE 297

A SHEAF OF CORN

WOMEN O' DULDITCH

Dinah Brome stood in the village shop, watching, with eyes keen to detect the slightest discrepancy in the operation, the weighing of her weekly parcels of grocery.

She was a strong, wholesome-looking woman of three- or four-and-forty, with a clean, red skin, clear eyes, dark hair, crinkling crisply beneath her sober, respectable hat. All her clothes were sober and respectable, and her whole mien. No one would have guessed from it that she had not a shred of character to her back.


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