A Poor Wise Man
Ellen was greatly disturbed. At three o'clock that afternoon she found Edith and
announced her intention of going out.
"I guess you can get the supper for once," she said ungraciously.
Edith looked up at her with wistful eyes.
"I wish you didn't hate me so, Ellen."
"I don't hate you." Ellen was slightly mollified. "But when I see you trying to put
your burdens on other people - "
Edith got up then and rather timidly put her arms around Ellen's neck.
"I love him so, Ellen," she whispered, "and I'll try so hard to make him happy."
Unexpected tears came into Ellen's eyes. She stroked the girl's fair hair.
"Never mind," she said. "The Good Man's got a way of fixing things to suit
Himself. And I guess He knows best. We do what it's foreordained we do, after
Mrs. Boyd was sleeping. Edith went back to her sewing. She had depended all
her life on her mother's needle, and now that that had failed her she was hastily
putting some clothing into repair. In the kitchen near the stove the suit she meant
to be married in was hung to dry, after pressing. She was quietly happy.
Willy Cameron found her there. He told her of Mrs. Davis' death, and then placed
the license on the table at her side.
"1 think it would be better to-morrow, Edith," he said. He glanced down at the
needle in her unaccustomed fingers; she seemed very appealing, with her new
task and the new light in her eyes. After all, it was worth while, even if it cost a
lifetime, to take a soul out of purgatory.
"I had to tell mother, Willy."
"That's all right Did it cheer her any?"
"Wonderfully. She's asleep now."