By L. Frank Baum
Nspired by way of Louisa might Alcott's Little girls, this publication, which Wizard of ounces writer L. Frank Baum wrote lower than the pen identify Edith Van Dyne, is far 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 is going to bequeath her significant inheritance. even supposing the ladies couldn't be extra various personality-wise, a sequence 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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There was a cat spitting at an angry dog, caricatures of old Misery and James, the gardener, and of Aunt Jane and even Silas Watson himself—all so clearly depicted that the lawyer suddenly wondered if they were not clever, and an evidence of genius. But the boy turned to look at him, and the next moment seized the book from his grasp and sent it flying through the open window, uttering at the same time a rude exclamation of impatience. The lawyer quietly lighted his pipe. " he asked. "The pictures are clever enough to be preserved.
Slowly climbing the stairs to the little room Kenneth inhabited, Mr. Watson was forced to conclude, with a sigh of regret, that he could not blame Miss Jane for wishing to find a more desirable heir to her estate than this graceless, sullen youth who had been thrust upon her by a thoughtless request contained in the will of her dead lover—a request that she seemed determined to fulfil literally, as it only required her to "look after" Tom's relatives and did not oblige her to leave Kenneth her property.
She had been discontented with her lot since her earliest girlhood, and longed to escape the constant bickerings of her parents and their vain struggles to obtain enough money to "keep up appearances" and drive the wolf from the door. And here was an opportunity to win a fortune and a home beautiful enough for a royal princess. All that was necessary was to gain the esteem of a crabbed, garrulous old woman, who had doubtless but a few more weeks to live. It must be done, in one way or another; but how?
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