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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Disappointment. And Family Portrait

Laura has written. She is not able to come until June . Althea, her twin , couldn't hold back tears, and now loud banging is heard from the workroom, where she is working on some secret for Laura.

The others , Julia, Persis and and Aunt Augusta felt disappointed, but didn't approximate the acute sorrow felt by Althea. She had been looking forward to celebrating their birthday, on April 15th, with the sisters reunited. Laura had not shared the reason for the delay, or given them any idea of when she might arrive. A great deal of Althea's upset was grief that it seemed that Laura didn't feel pulled to come home.

Augusta insisted that they write a letter , and enclose a new family portrait in front of the fireplace. The twins had spent so many hours in front of the fire; first playing with toys, then writing in journals and just keeping warm in the cold Providence winters. Althea came upstairs for the portrait in her old flowered shirt, with a pair of Father's pants underneath! She had recently become drawn to the Dress Reform movement, and had been wearing the most outlandish costumes in the fashion of Amelia Bloomer.

Julia would have nothing to do with Althea until Aunt August suggested that she and Persis stand in front of Althea , concealing the pants. The discontent the sisters felt is very evident in the picture!


  1. Siento que Laura no venga hasta Junio. que ha pasado?
    Un abrazo :)

  2. I think I understand the question in Spanish- you must tell me if I get it wrong! Laura has a secret , which will take getting used to for family,but which will be delightful in the end.

  3. Hi Jennifer! You have a very creative and interested blog. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts, and I'm so glad I found your blog today! I'm celebrating 1 year of blogging with 8 giveaways. Welcome to my blog to join! :-) Jennifer


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