Special effort was made to capture the dialect in these seven gems carefully lifted from the treasures of life in New England at the turn of the century.
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Miss Tempy's Watchers, in which two friends, one poor, one well-to-do, sit up with the body of their common friend.
In Going to Shrewsbury, sad but hopeful, Mrs. Peet found herself without a home and aboard a train bound for Shrewsbury.
Martha's Lady is a wonderful story about the bond that develops between two young women, one a visiting cousin, the other an awkward maid who has just been employed.
In Miss Esther's Guest, Miss Esther has decided to perform an act of charity and allow a poor elderly city dweller to visit for a week; but she wasn't expecting a man.
The Only Rose is a touching story about a woman who must decide which of her three deceased husband's graves is to have a rose.
In Aunt Cynthy Dallett, two old friends walk up the hill to visit Aunt Cynthy and reminisce along the way.
The Flight of Betsy Lane was a favorite story of Willa Cather. It tells of three friends at the poor house and the adventures of Betsey Lane.
In Hilton's Holiday, two young girls ride with their father in his best wagon, making their first trip to town. This was Sarah Orne Jewett's favorite story.