Christmas, or The Good Fairy

  • Part 1

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    Ellen Stuart

    β€œO, dear!

  • Christmas is coming in a fortnight, and I have got to think up presents for every body!”

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    said young Ellen Stuart, as she leaned languidly back in her chair.

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  • Profile Picture of Ellen Stuart in Christmas, or The Good Fairy

    Ellen Stuart

    β€œDear me, it's so tedious!

  • Everybody has got every thing that can be thought of.”

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    Miss Lester

    β€œO, no,”

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    said her confidential adviser, Miss Lester, in a soothing tone.

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    Miss Lester

    β€œYou have means of buying every thing you can fancy; and when every shop and store is glittering with all manner of splendors, you cannot surely be at a loss.”

  • Profile Picture of Ellen Stuart in Christmas, or The Good Fairy

    Ellen Stuart

    β€œWell, now, just listen.

  • To begin with, there's mamma.

  • What can I get for her?

  • I have thought of ever so many things.

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    Ellen Stuart

    She has three card cases, four gold thimbles, two or three gold chains, two writing desks of different patterns; and then as to rings, brooches, boxes, and all other things, I should think she might be sick of the sight of them.

  • I am sure I am,”

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    said she, languidly gazing on her white and jewelled fingers.

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  • This view of the case seemed rather puzzling to the adviser, and there was silence for a few moments, when Ellen, yawning, resumed:

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    Ellen Stuart

    β€œAnd then there's Cousins Jane and Mary; I suppose they will be coming down on me with a whole load of presents; and Mrs. B. will send me something--she did last year; and then there's Cousins William and Tom--I must get them something; and I would like to do it well enough, if I only knew what to get.”

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  • Profile Picture of Aunt E. in Christmas, or The Good Fairy

    Aunt E.

    β€œWell,”

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    said Eleanor's aunt, who had been sitting quietly rattling her knitting needles during this speech,

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