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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Five

THE SEAMSTRESS WAS indeed called Nelly but she preferred the name Annie. Sitting next to Annie, then, was Nell’s pastime for the next week or more, and as Mr Sharp had said, it didn’t take long to master her skills.  … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Two

THE DRIVER HAD stopped reluctantly, saying his conveyance was full. She hadn’t paid the fare at the coach office, so why should he take her, late as he was and forced to miss his breakfast?  Gone was the time when … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Thirty-Nine

THE CHURCH WAS open as she’d hoped, as she’d dreaded. A single candle flickered at the altar, left there by accident or design.  There was no wind yet the flame burned unevenly, drunkenly was the word that came to mind.  … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Thirty-Seven

SHE FOUND BETTY where she said she’d be, in the kitchen where Nell often sat while she worked. ‘That’s black lead you’re using, isn’t it Betty?’ she asked her maid, whose thick neck was red and filmed with sweat.  Though … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Thirty-Six

IT WAS A BATTLE of wills between them, a battle of pride and headstrong disposition.  That the father saw himself in his daughter, and was secretly glad, was true; but he thought he could defeat her; she was just a … Continue reading

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