Excerpt from Fifty Pounds for a Wife Birdie, Birdie! where is the little brat? Here, child, are you deaf? The boss wants you on the boards. The speaker, a much be-touzled be-rouged young woman, dressed in shabby finery, stood on the lowest steps of a caravan, sending her sharp eyes and sharper voice into its dim recesses. A splendid sunset glow was lighting the sky, flaming in the muddy pools of the fairfield, glancing like fire from the windows of the neighbouring town, and lingering in a pathway of golden glory over the quiet waters of the distant sea. It was already twilight in the caravan, and dazzled by the outside radiance, the young woman failed to discover the occupation of the little figure kneeling on the floor beside an open chest. At the sound of her voice the child started, closed the chest, and wiping her eyes, rose hastily to her feet. As she heard the message, however, she paused, hesitated for a moment, and stooping, again lifted the lid of the chest, stroking with a caressing touch of her tiny fingers a thin worn shawl and woman's bonnet which lay at the top, and diving into a corner, brought out a little book which she pressed to her lips and thrust into the bosom of her frock. Then, again closing the chest, she moved to the entrance of the caravan. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.