She was not elegantly dressed, but a noble-looking woman, and the girls thought the gray cloak and unfashionable bonnet covered the most splendid mother
in the world.
It was inexpressibly sad -- then what depth of sorrow to a mother
, who felt in her own heart the cause -- to observe, in one so young, this constant recognition of an adverse world, and so fierce a training of the energies that were to make good her cause in the contest that must ensue.
She gave my mother
such a turn, that I have always been convinced I am indebted to Miss Betsey for having been born on a Friday.
While my mother
talked I and the cow with the white face stood still and watched, and the baby Baleka cried aloud.
pulled it up with impatience, and there lay before us, the last things in the chest, a bundle tied up in oilcloth, and looking like papers, and a canvas bag that gave forth, at a touch, the jingle of gold.
You are looking for the Mother
Dragon's mare who is galloping about among the clouds.
Thereafter my mother
continued to keep me in the old tower, visiting me nightly and lavishing upon me the love the community life would have robbed us both of.
You are a generous man, Albert, but perhaps you may be blinded by pride or resentment; if you refuse me, if you ask another for what I have a right to offer you, I will say it is ungenerous of you to refuse the life of your mother
at the hands of a man whose father was allowed by your father to die in all the horrors of poverty and despair.
For this my mother
duly thanked her, and considered the invitation for a while; after which, seeing that there was nothing else to be done, she informed Anna Thedorovna that she was prepared, gratefully, to accept her offer.
She was encouraged to continue this caress, because when she first went up to him, he had thrown himself back in his chair to look at her affectionately and say, "Why, Mother
, thee look'st rare and hearty this morning.
The neighbors said that this rich garment belonged to the Black Man's wardrobe, and that he kept it at Mother
Rigby's cottage for the convenience of slipping it on whenever he wished to make a grand appearance at the governor's table.
Holle said, 'I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people, and as you have served me so well and faithfully, I will take you home myself.
Besides the jar of contrast there came to her a chill self-reproach that she had not returned sooner, to help her mother
in these domesticities, instead of indulging herself out-of-doors.
All of them- her father, mother
, and Sonya- were so near to her, so familiar, so commonplace, that all their words and feelings seemed an insult to the world in which she had been living of late, and she felt not merely indifferent to them but regarded them with hostility.
They were never more my guide than when I helped to put her to earth, not whimpering because my mother
had been taken away after seventy-six glorious years of life, but exulting in her even at the grave.