Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Clover Blossoms And Sunflowers
How d' ye do, girls?" said Huldah Meserve, peeping in at the door. "Can you stop
studying a minute and show me your room? Say, I've just been down to the store and
bought me these gloves, for I was bound I wouldn't wear mittens this winter; they're
simply too countrified. It's your first year here, and you're younger than I am, so I s'pose
you don't mind, but I simply suffer if I don't keep up some kind of style. Say, your room
is simply too cute for words! I don't believe any of the others can begin to compare with
it! I don't know what gives it that simply gorgeous look, whether it's the full curtains, or
that elegant screen, or Rebecca's lamp; but you certainly do have a faculty for fixing up. I
like a pretty room too, but I never have a minute to attend to mine; I'm always so busy on
my clothes that half the time I don't get my bed made up till noon; and after all, having no
callers but the girls, it don't make much difference. When I graduate, I'm going to fix up
our parlor at home so it'll be simply regal. I've learned decalcomania, and after I take up
lustre painting I shall have it simply stiff with drapes and tidies and placques and sofa
pillows, and make mo- ther let me have a fire, and receive my friends there evenings.
May I dry my feet at your register? I can't bear to wear rubbers unless the mud or the
slush is simply knee-deep, they make your feet look so awfully big. I had such a fuss
getting this pair of French-heeled boots that I don't intend to spoil the looks of them with
rubbers any oftener than I can help. I believe boys notice feet quicker than anything.
Elmer Webster stepped on one of mine yesterday when I accidentally had it out in the
aisle, and when he apologized after class, he said he wasn't so much to blame, for the foot
was so little he really couldn't see it! Isn't he perfectly great? Of course that's only his
way of talking, for after all I only wear a number two, but these French heels and pointed
toes do certainly make your foot look smaller, and it's always said a high instep helps,
too. I used to think mine was almost a deformity, but they say it's a great beauty. Just put
your feet beside mine, girls, and look at the difference; not that I care much, but just for
"My feet are very comfortable where they are," responded Rebecca dryly. "I can't stop to
measure insteps on algebra days; I've noticed your habit of keeping a foot in the aisle
ever since you had those new shoes, so I don't wonder it was stepped on."
"Perhaps I am a little mite conscious of them, because they're not so very comfortable at
first, till you get them broken in. Say, haven't you got a lot of new things?"
"Our Christmas presents, you mean," said Emma Jane. "The pillow-cases are from Mrs.
Cobb, the rug from cousin Mary in North Riverboro, the scrap-basket from Living and
Dick. We gave each other the bureau and cushion covers, and the screen is mine from
"Well, you were lucky when you met him! Gracious! I wish I could meet somebody like
that. The way he keeps it up, too! It just hides your bed, doesn't it, and I always say that a
bed takes the style off any room--specially when it's not made up; though you have an