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The Education of Mary

Brief excerpt from page 25 of book

 

Celinda is speaking to Mary, her sister. They are waiting for the stage to come. Celinda is leaving town to go and work in the mills.

 

"You know," Celinda asks Mary, "that Dr, Andrew Harris who lives across from the school? Well, I heard he's got his heart set on being governor and that's why he pushed Miss Crandall to open her school so it would be home to daughters of important men in Connecticut. You think he's going to stand for sister Sarah being there?"

 

"No," Mary admitted.

 

"So, then, if things go sour, don't let it ruin you. Go on, get your education on the quiet. Here comes the stage. I'll write to you."