|Searching for the Soul of Peter Paul Rubens
||This day, when I was come home from
, I did have much wood to carry in, for cold days are come. I did make goes to the
to get the wood. Going to the woodshed I passed that new flour-sack hanging on the clothesline. It was flapping in the wind. By and by that flour-sack is going to evolute into an underskirt for me to wear under my dress when I go to school. I got my arms full of wood -- as much as they could hold. Then I came into the house to put the wood into the box behind the
was standing by the window. She looked worry looks at that new flour-sack hanging on the clothesline there. She said she wished she knew a quicker way to get that miller's brand out of the flour-sack. She put on her
and went a-visiting. She told me to watch
that was sleeping on the bed. While I was carrying in more sticks of wood, I tried to think of a quicker way to get that miller's brand out of that flour-sack a-flapping there in the window.
||When enough wood was in and two more loads besides, I did sit on the woodbox. After I did sit still a most long time,
thinks did come of a way
. I got the scissors out. I got them out of the
workbasket. The time it did take to cut the miller's brand out of the flour-sack, it was only a little time. And when it was fixed, I did fold it in nice folds with the nice crooks sticking out. The scissors did make those crooks in a nice way. Scissors are useful. I do find much use for them. But the mamma likes not the uses I find for the scissors. She does say I am a
. I guess a new sance is something some grown-up people don't like to have around at all.
||I have wonders about things. I have sore feels in my heart and sore feels on
the back part of me
. I so want to be helps to the
. But it's very hard. Why, today when I did run to meet her, I did say, "It's out. -- It's out. -- I've got it out." And she looked no glad looks. She did only look looks about for a
. First one she saw, she did take two limbs of it. All the way to the door she made
on me with them. I do not think she does have
how they feel -- such queer sore feels. I feel she would not like their feels.
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||When we were come to the door, she did tell me to stay outside. She said I couldn't come into her house. But I did have
where I could go. I went to talk with
Good King Edward I
Eleanor of Castile
. I did climb onto the
fence and into the arms of lovely Queen Eleanor. I do so like to be in her arms when things do trouble me. She has understandings. From her arms I did go to hunt for the soul of
Peter Paul Rubens
Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil
rode in my left apron pocket and
rode in my right apron pocket. She is a most shy mouse and does keep her nose hid. As we did go along, I did gather gray leaves. Forty-two gray leaves I did so gather.
||Together we did go to the
. We went
the little tree that I have planted there for rememberings of good John Milton, for this day is the day of his borning in 1608. We did have prayers. It was so lonesome --
Peter Paul Rubens
not being there to grunt Amen at in-between times.
came near unto me when prayers were most done. He did put his nose against my hand for a pat. I gave him two. One was for him and one was for Peter Paul Rubens that was.
||Then we all did go in the way that does lead to the
where the willows grow. When we were come, all that were with me did stand very close by. They so did stand while I did drop the gray leaves upon the water. All the forty-two leaves I did gather I did drop upon the water, for this is the day of the going-away of Antoine Van Dyck in 1641. And his years they were forty-two. When the leaves were all upon the water I did say a little prayer, and we came home. It was most dark-time and the lamp on the kitchen table did shine its light out the window. And it came down the path to meet us.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003