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There was a woman who was beautiful who started with all the advantages yet she had no luck She married for love and the love turned to dust She had bonny children yet she felt they had been thrust upon her and she could not love them They looked at her coldly as if they were finding fault with her And hurriedly she felt she must cover up some fault in herself Yet what it was that she must cover up she never knew Nevertheless when her children were present she always felt the centre of her heart go hard This troubled her and in her manner she was all the more gentle and anxious for her children as if she loved them very much Only she herself knew that at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love no not for anybody Everybody else said of her She is such a good mother She adores her children Only she herself and her children themselves knew it was not so They read it in each others eyes There were a boy and two little girls They lived in a pleasant house with a garden and they had discreet servants and felt themselves superior to anyone in the neighbourhood Although they lived in style they felt always an anxiety in the house There was never enough money The mother had a small income and the father had a small income but not nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up The father went into town to some office But though he had good prospects these prospects never materialised There was always the grinding sense of the shortage of money though the style was always kept up At last the mother said I will see if I cant make something But she did not know where to begin She racked
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