|A Long Day for Opal
||Before she did go she told me do's to do while she was gone. She told me to keep the fire going and to
-- to fix its bottle for it and to mind it all the time. Then she shut the door and locked it and went in the way that does go to the house of the
meeting of the roads
. I did watch her out the window. Then I did put some more wood in the fire. After that I did look looks about. There are no rows and rows and rows of books in this house, like
Angel Mother and Angel Father
had. There is only three books here. One is a cookbook and one is a doctor-book and one is a almanac. They all are on top of the cupboard most against the top of the house. They have not interest names on their backs.
||The alarm-clock does set on the shelf where it always sets all day long. At
it sets on a chair by the bed that the
sleep in. It sets on the chair all night with its alarm set. It is so the papa will be made awake early in the morning. That clock has interest looks. Some day when there is not a fire in the
, I have thinks I will take that clock apart to see what its looks are inside. On a day when there is no fire in the stove, I will climb upon it. I can reach that shelf when I stand on tiptoe on top of the stove.
||After I did look looks at the clock, I did look looks out the front window. There are calf-tracks by our front door. These tracks are there because when I went walking with
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
on yesterday, I had her wait at the front step while I did go into the kitchen to get her some sugar-lumps. She has a
for sweet things. I think she will grow up to be a lovely cow. Her mooings now are very musical, and there is
poetry in her tracks
. She does make such dainty ones. When they dry up in the
, I dig up her tracks, and I save them. There is much poetry in them; and when I take her track out that I keep in the back part of the cook-table drawer, I look at it and think, this way passed Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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||After I did look looks out the front window, I did look looks out the back window.
and the others -- they were pulling in logs. That
was trying to make them go more fast. All the horses do have to pull so hard when they pull logs in. Sometimes they look tired looks, and when they are come in from work I go to the barn. I rub their heads; for when the
is tired she does like rubs on her head.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003