Excerpt from Dr. Latimer a Story of Casco Bay
There was excitement in the house of Norman, one spring. Most women, when they have an absorbing interest, have also a sister-woman with whom to discuss it in all its aspects; but Miss Charlotte Norman was denied this piquant social sauce. Her younger sister and nephew, with whom - and it might be added for whom - she lived, were both unavailable and unsatisfactory as receptacles for her confidences. Miss Agnes Nor-man was too preoccupied during the few waking hours she spent at home to return more than an abstracted "Indeed?" to Charlotte's information, and Dickie, being but six years of age, could not be expected to enter into and comprehend his aunt's outraged sensibilities.
The disturbing fact was that certain parties had had the audacity to put up a very unattractive two-story flat-building directly across the street from the old Norman homestead.
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