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    "My orders," said Amanda, folding her arms and standing at defiance, "was to leave 'em out. When Missus tells me to bring 'em in, I'll bring 'em in. Not till."

     

    "Amanda," said Daniel impressively, "these ladies are my sisters and when they tell you to do a thing, you must do it."

     

    "Do they hire me and pay me my wages?"

     

    "I hire you and pay you your wages."

     

    "Then have I got four bosses yet at this here place? Not if I know it!"

     

    "Take this coach into the house!" ordered Daniel.

     

    "When Missus tells me to. See?"

     

    "Danny," Sadie offered a suggestion, "leave me take the babies over to our house while their mother is away. The idea of her going off like this and leaving these poor infant twins in the care of a hired girl that she ain't had but a ! Don't it beat all!"

     

    "I'd thank you not to pass no insinyations against my moral character!" Amanda retorted. "If them twinses own mother could trust 'em to me, I guess it's nobody else's business to come in here interferin'. I wasn't told, when I took this place, that I'd be up against a bunch like this, tryin' to order me round and passin' insults at me!"

     

    "That will do, Amanda," said Daniel with dignity. "Go out to your kitchen."

     

    Amanda flounced away, as Sadie wheeled the baby-coach down the paved garden path to the sidewalk, followed by anxious cautions from Jennie to "go slow" and not strain her back pushing that heavy coach.

     

    "You poor Danny!" Jennie commiserated with him as they together entered the parlour. "The way Margaret uses you, it most makes me sick! Even her hired girl she teaches to disrespect you! Ain't?"

     

    "My life with Margaret is not exactly a 'flowery bed of ease,'" Daniel ruefully admitted.

     

    "If only you hadn't of been so hasty to get married already, Danny! You could of done so much better than what you did!"

     

    "But with all Margaret's faults," Daniel retorted, his pride of possession pricked by the form of Jennie's criticism, "she's the most aristocratic lady I ever met."

     

    "Oh, well, but I don't know about that either, Danny. It seems to me she has some wonderful common ways. I never told you how one day when our hired girl was crying with a headache, Margaret went and put her arm around her yet and called her 'my dear,' and made her lay down till she rubbed her head for her! I told her afterward, she could be good to Emmy without making herself that common with her."

     

    "And what did she say?"

     

    "Och, she just laughed. You know how easy she can laugh. At most anything she can fetch a silly laugh."

     

    Jennie walked into the sitting-room as she talked, inspecting Margaret's makeshift arrangements to conceal the gapes caused by the removal of the furniture which was hers and Sadie's.

     

    "I'm awful sorry, Danny, that you'll have the expense of new furniture, when if Margaret had treated us right, we never would have left you. And the very day you can make her pass her promise that she'll act right to us, we'll be right back."

     

    "I'll never get her to," Daniel pouted. "She's too glad you're gone."

     

    "'Glad!'" echoed Jennie, horrified at the idea that her act of vengeance in her sudden departure with her things an act so fearfully expensive and inconvenient to her and Sadie, should be affording joy to her enemy.


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