Her husband, pale and gaunt, the shadow of death in his weary face and the droop of his body, sat leaning against one of the wagon wheels trying to quiet a wailing, emaciated year-old baby while little tow-headed Nellie, a vigorous child of seven, frolicked undaunted by the August heat.
Martin and Nellie sat down beside the red-and-white-checkered cloth spread on the ground, and Wade, after passing the still fretting baby to his wife, took his place with them.
Nellie was huddled against her mother, who sat, idle, with little Benny in her arms.
He felt his way through the lilacs, along the boxwood hedge, up to the south wing of the Big House, where Miss Nellie d'Arnault practised the piano every morning.
One day Samson was standing thus while Miss Nellie was playing her lesson to her music-teacher.
After he had tried over all the sounds, he began to finger out passages from things Miss Nellie had been practising, passages that were already his, that lay under the bone of his pinched, conical little skull, definite as animal desires.
"Oh, I say, Nellie
, this ain't a square deal, you know.
Well, one day Aunt Nellie
came to me and said, `Cornelia, there is a little brother for you upstairs in your ma's room.
the big stove, the weigher at the gold-scales, the musicians, the men and women, the Virgin, Celia, and Nellie
, Dan MacDonald, Bettles, Billy Rawlins, Olaf Henderson, Doc Watson,--all of them.
Higgins next door has begun music lessons, and her practising drives me nearly wild.
John thought it might do me good to see a little company, so we just had mother and Nellie
and the children down for a week.
, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor with- out a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.