1 "And the doctor don't want I should be left without anybody," Zeena continued.
2 It was not possible to think of such things without a revolt of his whole being.
3 He could not pronounce the name without a stiffening of the muscles of his throat.
4 She slipped out of his hold without speaking, and he stooped down and felt for the key.
5 "The doctor don't want I should be left without anybody to do for me," she said in her flat whine.
6 In spite of her sedentary habits such abrupt decisions were not without precedent in Zeena's history.
7 He said to himself: "This is Matt's last day," and tried to think what the place would be without her.
8 The fitful bursts of sleet had changed into a steady rain and the horses had heavy work even without a load behind them.
9 He saw a scarcely perceptible tremor cross her face, and without knowing what he did he stooped his head and kissed the bit of stuff in his hold.
10 She drew aside without speaking, and Mattie and Ethan passed into the kitchen, which had the deadly chill of a vault after the dry cold of the night.
11 Zenobia, though doubtful of the girl's efficiency, was tempted by the freedom to find fault without much risk of losing her; and so Mattie came to Starkfield.
12 She looked so small and pinched, in her poor dress, with the red scarf wound about her, and the cold light turning her paleness sallow, that Ethan stood before her without speaking.
13 Most people were either indifferent to his troubles, or disposed to think it natural that a young fellow of his age should have carried without repining the burden of three crippled lives.
14 It was strange that the girl did not seem aware of it: that she could lift her rapt face to her dancer's, and drop her hands into his, without appearing to feel the offence of his look and touch.
15 Borrowing was out of the question: six months before he had given his only security to raise funds for necessary repairs to the mill, and he knew that without security no one at Starkfield would lend him ten dollars.
16 Once or twice in the past he had been faintly disquieted by Zenobia's way of letting things happen without seeming to remark them, and then, weeks afterward, in a casual phrase, revealing that she had all along taken her notes and drawn her inferences.
17 Mattie Silver came from Stamford, and when she entered the Fromes' household to act as her cousin Zeena's aid it was thought best, as she came without pay, not to let her feel too sharp a contrast between the life she had left and the isolation of a Starkfield farm.
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