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A Woman at Bay

Excerpt from A Woman at Bay "I wonder how long it is going to last? I am getting so tired of this wretched, homeless existence." A heavy sigh accompanied these words; they were uttered by a girl of some two-and-twenty years, as she sat by the fire in the school-room of the Manor House, Congleton, Cheshire. Her face wore a very sad, careworn expression. She had that morning received a peremptory notice to leave, having been weighed in her employer's balance and found wanting. This was her ninth engagement as governess; and this also was the ninth occasion on which she was asked to go, as she did not suit. An inward rage is just then consuming her, for she considers she has been unfairly treated. The weather, too, is much against the preservation of a cheerful temper: it is a bitterly cold afternoon in the month of January, and intensely foggy. The school-room she sits in is not pretty or comfortable: it is a long, low-ceilinged, old-fashioned apartment, with shabby school-books scattered here and there; ink-marked maps covers the walls, and the floor is spread with oil-cloth. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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