Sunday, September 30, 2012

Story Of The Week From Library Of America “An Hour” by Louisa May Alcott

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An Hour
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888)

From American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
A plantation owner lies on his deathbed while his wife anxiously awaits the arrival of a doctor and his son, recently returned from the North, notices unusual activities among the slaves.

Tribulation Periwinkle. . . As Milly spoke, with a slight motion of the lips that would have been a scornful smile had she not checked it, a faint, far-off cry came on the wind; a cry of mortal fear or pain it seemed, and so full of ominous suggestion that, though inured to sounds of suffering, Mrs. Butler involuntarily exclaimed,—
“What is that?”
“It’s only Rachel screaming for her baby; the last thing old master did was to sell it, and she’s been crazy ever since,” answered Milly, with a peculiar quickening of the breath and a sidelong glance.
“Foolish creature! but never mind her now: tell me who is about that I can send for Dr. Firth.”
“There’s no one in the house but blind Sandra and me.”
“What do you mean? Who gave the people leave to go?”
“I did.” . . . .



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“One hand stirred gruel for sick America, and the other hugged baby Africa.”
Drawing of Civil War nurse Tribulation Periwinkle, the alter ego of Louisa May Alcott in Hospital Sketches. Reprinted from an 1880 edition of Hospital Sketches and Camp and Fireside Stories, which included “An Hour.”

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