Lewis, Gertrude Russell
A shadow, p. 455
A SHADOW 66HAT is it, Katie?" A maid had entered the room. VV "Mrs. Ellis, ma'am. She's through now." "Oh, yes, Katie. Let me see. How many days do I owe her? Three and a half-and one last week? Hand me my purse; no, not that one. I don't seem to have the right change in either; and my check book is upstairs somewhere. Never mind. I'don't want to drop my work in the middle of the design, I have to count it all over again. Let it go for the present." Katie lingered, but Mrs. Gifford took up her work with an air of finality. Before they got away for the summer, Mr. Gifford asked for the bills. "Just check up for the large ones," said Mrs. Gifford, "and let the little ones go till we get back." When they got home there were a good many odds and ends to see to. The children's clothing needed attention. Mrs. Gifford asked for Mrs. Ellis. She came. She was in a sort of pretence of black. Her little girl had died; the sick one. It had been very hot in the city. Things were awful high. It was hard to get along. Yes, they should have taken her away. Mrs. Gifford took some flowers from a vase and handed them to Mrs. Ellis. Some of the leaves dropped. "It's too bad," she said. "Can you come Tuesday?" GERTRUDE RUSSELL LEWIS.
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