Helen Lester, by the Authors of 'garestone Hall'.
Helen Lester by the Authors of 'garestone Hall' Author:Helen Lester General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1859 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million book... more »s for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III. " There is no action of man in this life," says Thomas of Malmsbury, (or event) " which is not the beginning of so long a chain of consequences as that no human providence is high enough to give us a prospect to the end." -- The Doctor. An illness, which seized Helen in the spring, interrupted the course of her studies; the first symptoms were noticed by Miss Lawrence one morning at breakfast. "What is the matter with you, Nelly?" she asked, with some anxiety, " you hardly eat anything, and your eyes look heavy." " My head aches, and I do not feel hungry; I dare say it will all go off when I get into the air." It was a fine morning early in April. " Are you well enough to go to school, dear?" said Miss Lawrence, compassionately; " perhaps you had better keep quiet to day." " Oh, no! dear missy, I am sure it will not hurt me, and I must not lose a day now, because of the Easter prizes." As usual, Miss Lawrence acquiesced, and Helen went to school. She certainly did not look better when she returned home in the afternoon, an hour earlier than usual. " Miss Baker has sent me home," she said, as she came into the room where Miss Lawrence was sitting. "My dear, you look quite flushed; is your head worse ?" " It aches very much, and the sun is dreadfully hot, but Miss Baker would not let me stay till it was cooler, she said I looked so ill." " You do look ill, dear; lie down on the sofa and rest -- it has been a most oppressive day." Helen was glad to lie down, but she was restless and uneasy, and Miss Lawrence petted her, and rested the aching head upon her shoulder, proposing a v...« less