This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... True are the words, 'nobody is so good as the strong.' The 25th. o A little joy 'Ake Sparrskold and Helfrid Eittersv'ard are declared betrothed ' With these words my stepmother startled me to-day, and was herself enlivened by the occurrence, which has given great pleasure to her good, old friend. My stepmother will, in order to celebrate this betrothal, give in the next week a soiree, which will redound to the honour of the house. Hereby she seems to wish to repress various unquiet reports respecting the affairs of the family which have began to circulate, but as I hope— without foundation. But so long as St. Orme comes sneaking here, and has private conversation with my stepmother, I am not sure. Another bad sign is also that our 'spasmodic acquaintance' have not been seen here for some time. The 29th. The cloud sinks lower and lower; it becomes more and more twilight around us. My stepmother wished yesterday to have a new carpet in the great anteroom for her festival. The old one has long been disagreeable to her, and has besides this several spots; in one word she wished altogether to have a new and handsome carpet. But Selma opposed herself mildly, and said beseechingly, "Ah, let us have no great outlay just now, not till we see how our affairs stand " From this I remarked with terror that Selma (who manages the domestic economy of the house) cherished suspicions which she had hitherto concealed from me. The Philosopher came in at that moment, and said in his gloomy voice— "The bills, your honour," and laid a bundle of papers on the table. My stepmother threw an uneasy look upon it, and pushed it from her as she said to Selma— "My sweet girl look them through—I cannot do it now. It is horrible what a miserable voice Jacoh has sometimes. He quite terrif...