Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

















































































































































 -  How can I ever tell you - in the hall
came Faye's mother! By that time dreams had ceased, and it - Page 140
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How Can I Ever Tell You - In The Hall Came Faye's Mother!

By that time dreams had ceased, and it was cruel reality that had to be faced, and even now

I wonder how I lived through the misery of that moment - the longing to throw myself out of the window, jump in the river, do anything, in fact, but face the mortification of having her see the awful condition of her son's house!

Her son's house - that was just it. I did not care at all for myself, my only thought was for Faye whose mother might find cause to pity him for the delinquencies of his wife! First impressions are indelible, and it would be difficult to convince Mrs. Rae ever that the house was not always dusty and untidy. How could she know that with pride I had ever seen that our house, however rough it might have been, was clean and cheerful. And of what use would it be to arrange things attractively now? She would be justified in supposing that it was only in its company dress.

I was weak and dizzy from fever and a sick heart, but I managed to get dressed and go down to do the best I could. West prepared a little supper, and we made things as comfortable as possible, considering the state of affairs. Mrs. Rae was most lovely about everything - said she understood it all. But that could not be, not until she had seen one of our sand storms, from the dust of which it is impossible to protect a thing.

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