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Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster

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JEAN WEBSTER
DADDY-LONG-LEGS

Copyright 1912 by The Century Company



TO YOU


Blue Wednesday

The first Wednesday in every month was a Perfectly Awful Day--a day
to be awaited with dread, endured with courage and forgotten with haste. 
Every floor must be spotless, every chair dustless, and every bed
without a wrinkle.  Ninety-seven squirming little orphans must be
scrubbed and combed and buttoned into freshly starched ginghams;
and all ninety-seven reminded of their manners, and told to say,
`Yes, sir,' `No, sir,' whenever a Trustee spoke.

It was a distressing time; and poor Jerusha Abbott, being the
oldest orphan, had to bear the brunt of it.  But this particular
first Wednesday, like its predecessors, finally dragged itself
to a close.  Jerusha escaped from the pantry where she had been
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