One Saturday in March we walked over to Baywater, for a long- talked-of visit to Cousin Mattie Dilke.
"Cousin Mattie's a great cook and there's nothing stingy about her."
But Cousin Mattie had been sent word that we were coming, and she did not like to be disappointed, so he let us go, warning us to stay with Cousin Mattie all night if the storm came on while we were there.
"There's Cousin Mattie's house--that big white one at the turn of the road," said the Story Girl.
"I wish Cousin Mattie's husband was still alive," said Dan.
"Oh, Dan, Cousin Mattie and her sisters-in-law are just as nice and kind as they can be," reproached Cecily.
Frome was in the habit of walking into Starkfield to fetch home his wife's cousin, Mattie Silver, on the rare evenings when some chance of amusement drew her to the village.
When his wife first proposed that they should give Mattie an occasional evening out he had inwardly demurred at having to do the extra two miles to the village and back after his hard day on the farm; but not long afterward he had reached the point of wishing that Starkfield might give all its nights to revelry.
Mattie Silver had lived under his roof for a year, and from early morning till they met at supper he had frequent chances of seeing her; but no moments in her company were comparable to those when, her arm in his, and her light step flying to keep time with his long stride, they walked back through the night to the farm.
The fact that admiration for his learning mingled with Mattie's wonder at what he taught was not the least part of his pleasure.
Watching Mattie whirl down the floor from hand to hand he wondered how he could ever have thought that his dull talk interested her.
Phillips to lay a hand on one of his children again; and Mattie
Andrews had a new red hood and a blue crossover with tassels on it and the airs she put on about it were perfectly sickening; and Lizzie Wright didn't speak to Mamie Wilson because Mamie Wilson's grown-up sister had cut out Lizzie Wright's grown-up sister with her beau; and everybody missed Anne so and wished she's come to school again; and Gilbert Blythe--