Excerpt from The Blue Envelope: A Novel
Always before this year it was off-to-boarding-school in the fall for me, after a summer spent travelling or camping or doing something away from home. I call it home, though it is really Mrs. Alexander's house, but she has been "'father and mither and a'" to me ever since my own dear father and mother died, and she's never let me feel really orphaned, though I haven't a relative on this side of the world, but only my guardian, and though I call him Uncle Bob, he isn't my uncle but just a dear friend of my father's when they were both young. Oh, what a breathlessly long sentence!
I don't know what I would have ever done without Mrs. Alex. The gentlest woman! And the kindest and the most generous. In spite of all the money in Father's estate, she never let me pay for anything but my own personal things.
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