1 Please to don't poke fun at a poor girl like me, mum.
2 She was the best girl I ever see, and had the most sand.
3 You do a girl tolerable poor, but you might fool men, maybe.
4 The same second I see a young girl coming on the run, and two men with her.
5 Lots of the women and girls was crying and taking on, scared most to death.
6 So the next day after the funeral, along about noon-time, the girls' joy got the first jolt.
7 Says I to myself, something's up; it ain't natural for a girl to be in such a sweat about a Testament.
8 The poor girls was hanging to the king and crying; and all of a sudden the doctor ups and turns on them.
9 When we got to the house the street in front of it was packed, and the three girls was standing in the door.
10 You may say what you want to, but in my opinion she had more sand in her than any girl I ever see; in my opinion she was just full of sand.
11 There was an old hair trunk in one corner, and a guitar-box in another, and all sorts of little knickknacks and jimcracks around, like girls brisken up a room with.
12 Throw stiff-armed from the shoulder, like there was a pivot there for it to turn on, like a girl; not from the wrist and elbow, with your arm out to one side, like a boy.
13 And, mind you, when a girl tries to catch anything in her lap she throws her knees apart; she don't clap them together, the way you did when you catched the lump of lead.
14 But if this woman had been in such a little town two days she could tell me all I wanted to know; so I knocked at the door, and made up my mind I wouldn't forget I was a girl.
15 This young girl kept a scrap-book when she was alive, and used to paste obituaries and accidents and cases of patient suffering in it out of the Presbyterian Observer, and write poetry after them out of her own head.
16 I practiced around all day to get the hang of the things, and by and by I could do pretty well in them, only Jim said I didn't walk like a girl; and he said I must quit pulling up my gown to get at my britches-pocket.
17 And behind the woman comes a little nigger girl and two little nigger boys without anything on but tow-linen shirts, and they hung on to their mother's gown, and peeped out from behind her at me, bashful, the way they always do.
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