By L. Frank Baum
Nspired via Louisa could Alcott's Little girls, this e-book, which Wizard of ounces writer L. Frank Baum wrote less than the pen identify Edith Van Dyne, is way within the similar vein as Alcott's comfortable coming-of-age story. the 1st in a chain, the tale of this novel follows 3 nieces who're summoned to their prosperous aunt's property so she will choose to whom she's going to bequeath her big inheritance. even if the ladies couldn't be extra assorted personality-wise, a chain of calamities brings them nearer jointly. Aunt Hane's Nieces is a pleasant learn for lovers of vintage younger grownup fiction.
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They seldom spoke together, these two; yet there seemed a strange bond of sympathy between them. At last the first of July arrived, and Oscar was dispatched to the railway station, four miles distant, to meet Miss Elizabeth De Graf, the first of the nieces to appear in answer to Jane Merrick's invitation. Beth looked very charming and fresh in her new gown, and she greeted her aunt with a calm graciousness that would have amazed the professor to behold. She had observed carefully the grandeur and beauty of Elmhurst, as she drove through the grounds, and instantly decided the place was worth an effort to win.
This is Louise, I suppose," said Aunt Jane, stiffly. " "Tell me how you are," continued the girl, kneeling beside the chair and taking the withered hands gently in her own. "Do you suffer any? " "Get up," said the elder woman, roughly. " Louise laughed gaily. "Never mind the gown," she answered. "Tell me about yourself. " Aunt Jane's countenance relaxed a trifle. To speak of her broken health always gave her a sort of grim satisfaction. "I'm dying, as you can plainly see," she announced. "My days are numbered, Louise.
Louise asked, smiling. "Surely, two girls will have a better time in this lonely old place 51 than one could have alone. " "Thank you," said Beth. "That's a nice thing to say, but I doubt if it's true. Don't let's beat around the bush. " queried Louise, evidently amused. "It's plain to me that Aunt Jane has invited us here to choose which one of us shall inherit her money—and Elmhurst. " "Oh, yes, she has" corrected Louise. " Louise spoke as calmly as if she had not mailed Patricia's defiant letter to Aunt Jane, or discovered her cousin's identity in the little hair-dresser from Madame Borne's establishment.