Pollyanna

  • CHAPTER 1

  • Miss Polly

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    Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning.

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  • Nancy, washing dishes at the sink, looked up in surprise.

  • Nancy had been working in Miss Polly’s kitchen only two months, but already she knew that Miss Polly did not usually hurry.

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    Miss Polly

    “Nancy!”

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    Nancy

    “Yes, ma’am,”

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    Nancy answered cheerfully.

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  • She continued wiping the pitcher in her hand.

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    Miss Polly

    “Nancy”

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    – Miss Polly’s voice was stern –

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    Miss Polly

    “when I’m talking to you, I wish you to stop your work and listen to me.”

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    Nancy flushed miserably.

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  • She set the pitcher down at once, nearly tipping it over.

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    Nancy

    “Yes, ma’am. I will,”

  • she stammered, straight­ening the pitcher.

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    Nancy

    “I was only keepin’ on with my work ‘cause you specially told me this mornin’ to hurry with my dishes.”

  • Miss Polly frowned.

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    Miss Polly

    “That will do.

  • I did not ask for explanations.