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By Kate Douglas Wiggin

Eleven-year-old Rebecca Randall is kind of a handful—and now she’s leaving her liked Sunnybrook Farm to reside together with her well-to-do aged aunts and get an schooling. yet they have been anticipating Rebecca’s quiet, hard-working older sister as an alternative. Can the bright-eyed and talkative woman win them over…especially her strict, rule-bound Aunt Miranda? simply as Rebecca’s “grand spirit” charms every body within the tale, it's going to captivate readers, too.

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Rebecca’s face was once so swollen with tears and so sharp with distress that for a second he scarcely well-known her. Then whilst he heard her voice asking, “Please might I are available, Mr. Cobb? ” he cried, “Well I vow! It’s my little girl passenger! Come to name on outdated uncle Jerry and cross the time o’ day, hev ye? Why, you’re rainy as sops. Draw as much as the range. I made a hearth, scorching because it used to be, thinkin’ i wished somethin’ hot for my supper, bein’ variety o’ lonesome with no mom. She’s settin’ up with Seth Strout to-night. There, we’ll dangle your soppy hat at the nail, positioned your jacket over the chair rail, an’ then you definitely flip your again to the range an’ dry your self stable. ” Uncle Jerry had by no means prior to stated such a lot of phrases at a time, yet he had stuck sight of the child’s crimson eyes and tear-stained cheeks, and his substantial center went out to her in her difficulty, rather despite any situations that would have prompted it. Rebecca stood nonetheless for a second until eventually uncle Jerry took his seat back on the desk, after which, not able to include herself longer, cried, “Oh, Mr. Cobb, I’ve run clear of the brick condominium, and that i are looking to return to the farm, Will you retain me to-night and take me as much as Maplewood within the level? I haven’t obtained any cash for my fare, yet I’ll earn it someway afterwards. ” “Well, i suppose we won’t quarrel ’bout funds, you and me,” stated the outdated guy; “and we’ve by no means had our journey jointly, besides, notwithstanding we allers intended to move down river, no longer up. ” “I shall by no means see Milltown now! ” sobbed Rebecca. “Come over right here aspect o’ me an’ inform me all approximately it,” coaxed uncle Jerry. “Jest set down on that there wood cricket an’ out with the entire tale. ” Rebecca leaned her aching head opposed to Mr. Cobb’s homespun knee3 and acknowledged the historical past of her hassle. Tragic as that historical past appeared to her passionate and undisciplined brain, she instructed it in truth and with out exaggeration. X RAINBOW BRIDGES Uncle Jerry coughed and stirred in his chair tons in the course of Rebecca’s recital, yet he rigorously hid any undue feeling of sympathy, simply muttering, “Poor little soul! We’ll see what we will be able to do for her! ” “You will take me to Maplewood, won’t you, Mr. Cobb? ” begged Rebecca piteously. “Don’t you be anxious a mite,” he responded, with a artful little suggestion in the back of his brain; “I’ll see the girl passenger via in some way. Now take a chew o’ somethin’ to devour, baby. unfold a few o’ that tomato protect in your bread; draw as much as the desk. How’d you're keen on to set in mother’s position an’ pour me out one other cup o’ sizzling tea? ” Mr. Jeremiah Cobb’s psychological equipment was once easy, and didn't flow very easily shop while propelled by way of his affection or sympathy. within the current case those have been either hired to his virtue, and mourning his stupidity and praying for a few flash of suggestion to gentle his direction, he blundered alongside, trusting to windfall. Rebecca, comforted by means of the previous man’s tone, and timidly having fun with the consideration of sitting in Mrs. Cobb’s seat and lifting the blue china teapot, smiled faintly, smoothed her hair, and dried her eyes.

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