I kissed Miss Mills's hand; and we all seemed, to my thinking, to go straight up to the seventh heaven.
But Dora sang, and others sang, and Miss Mills sang - about the slumbering echoes in the caverns of Memory; as if she were a hundred years old - and the evening came on; and we had tea, with the kettle boiling gipsy-fashion; and I was still as happy as ever.
That sagacious Miss Mills, too; that amiable, though quite used up, recluse; that little patriarch of something less than twenty, who had done with the world, and mustn't on any account have the slumbering echoes in the caverns of Memory awakened; what a kind thing she did!
Copperfield,' said Miss Mills, 'come to this side of the carriage a moment - if you can spare a moment.
But my father died, and I came to work in the mills.
But I came to work in the mills. When I was promoted to foreman I got married, then the family came, and .
"There are the jute mills, you know, and the same thing goes on there.
"If I tried to enter your father's house at night to steal his dividends from the Sierra Mills, what would he do?"
Many of the circumstances whose strong influence has been at work for years in our manufacturing towns have not arisen here; and there is no manufacturing population in Lowell, so to speak: for these girls (often the daughters of small farmers) come from other States, remain a few years in the mills, and then go home for good.
I happened to arrive at the first factory just as the dinner hour was over, and the girls were returning to their work; indeed the stairs of the mill were thronged with them as I ascended.
Moreover, there were places in the mill in which they could deposit these things without injury; and there were conveniences for washing.
"O, Miss Mills, how dreadful!" cried Polly, with her eyes so full she could hardly read the little letter.
"There," and Miss Mills pointed to the door of her own little bedroom.
As Miss Mills spoke in her motherly tone, and cast a proud and happy look toward the warm and quiet nest in which she had sheltered this friendless little sparrow, feeling sure that God meant her to keep it from falling to the ground, Polly put both arms about her neck, and kissed her withered cheek with as much loving reverence as if she had been a splendid saint, for in the likeness of this plain old maid she saw the lovely charity that blesses and saves the world.
In a week Jurgis got over his sense of helplessness and bewilderment in the rail mill
. He learned to find his way about and to take all the miracles and terrors for granted, to work without hearing the rumbling and crashing.