A Singular Life

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been considered a mistake that the Professors' houses stood on the " morning side " of the street. But this, like many another architectural or social criticism, was of more interest to the critic than to the criticised. In point of fact, the western faces of the dwellings consecrated to the Faculty received the flood tide of the sea of sun that rose and ebbed between Cesarea and Wachusett. A man's study, a child's nursery, a woman's sewing-room, fled the front of the house as a matter of course; and the " afternoon side " of the dwelling welcomed them bountifully. As Professor Carruth had been heard to say, that side of the street on which a man is born may determine his character and fate beyond repeal. The observation, if true, is tenfold truer of a woman, to whom a house is a shell, a prison, or a chrysalis. The Professor's daughter, who had not been born in Cesarea, but in the city of New York, took turns at viewing her father's home in one of these threefold aspects. On that winter day of which we have already spoken, she might, if urged to it, have selected the least complimentary of the three terms. The day had been bleak, bright, and interminable. She had tried to take the morning walk tothe post-office, which all able-bodied Cesareans peni tentially performed six days in the week; and had been blown home in that state just so far from adding another to the list of " deaths from exposure that one gets no sympathy, and yet so near to this result that one must sit over the register the rest of the morning to thaw out. After dinner she had conscientiously resumed her study of Herbert Spencer's Law of Rhythm, but had tossed the book away impatiently, ? she was metaphysical only when she was bored, ? and had joined her mother at the weekly mendin...

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