Pontellier talked about her father's Mississippi plantation and her girlhood
home in the old Kentucky bluegrass country.
She wondered as she regarded some of the grizzled women in the room, mere mechanical contrivances sewing seams and grinding out, with heads bended over their work, tales of imagined or real girlhood
happiness, past drunks, the baby at home, and unpaid wages.
Eliza had been brought up by her mistress, from girlhood
, as a petted and indulged favorite.
Looking at her she may have recalled the golden, irrecoverable days of her own girlhood
and her own first ball.
Between Elizabeth and her one son George there was a deep unexpressed bond of sympathy, based on a girlhood
dream that had long ago died.
The whole world bloomed in a flush and tremor of maiden loveliness, instinct with all the evasive, fleeting charm of spring and girlhood
and young morning.
Rebecca, Adam thought, as he took off his hat and saluted the pretty panorama,--Rebecca, with her tall slenderness, her thoughtful brow, the fire of young joy in her face, her fillet of dark braided hair, might have been a young Muse or Sibyl; and the flowery hayrack, with its freight of blooming girlhood
, might have been painted as an allegorical picture of The Morning of Life.
Had it befallen me never to quit that village--had it befallen me to remain for ever in that spot--I should always have been happy; but fate ordained that I should leave my birthplace even before my girlhood
had come to an end.
She had occasionally caught glimpses of these men in girlhood
, looking over hedges, or peeping through bushes, and pointing their guns, strangely accoutred, a bloodthirsty light in their eyes.
And oh, how dear and beloved everything was -- that little white porch room, sacred to the dreams of girlhood
, the old Snow Queen at the window, the brook in the hollow, the Dryad's Bubble, the Haunted Woods, and Lover's Lane -- all the thousand and one dear spots where memories of the old years bided.
They even planned ambitiously some day when they were disgracefully prosperous, to ride all the way up to Daylight's boyhood home in Eastern Oregon, stopping on the way at Dede's girlhood
home in Siskiyou.
Emily had grown from infancy to girlhood
, owing all the brightness of her life--a life without a mother, without brothers, without sisters--to her father alone.