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    II.   Table of Contents     THREE THOUGHTS.

Dunbar-Nelson, Alice
Violets and Other Tales

- VIOLETS.
- III.


III.

Far away in a distant city, a man, carelessly looking among some papers,

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turned over a faded bunch of flowers tied with a blue ribbon and a lock of hair. He paused meditatively awhile, then turning to the regal-looking woman lounging before the fire, he asked:

"Wife, did you ever send me these?"

She raised her great, black eyes to his with a gesture of ineffable disdain, and replied languidly:

"You know very well I can't bear flowers. How could I ever send such sentimental trash to anyone? Throw them into the fire."

And the Easter bells chimed a solemn requiem as the flames slowly licked up the faded violets. Was it merely fancy on the wife's part, or did the husband really sigh,--a long, quivering breath of remembrance?

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    II.   Table of Contents     THREE THOUGHTS.