Ellen Asked if She Can Work in the Book House

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It’s good to go off the track in life sometimes. Work on yourself, improve yourself. Even if those around you are disconcerted. You often stick to the main road, but sometimes you could set off across the quicksand. It’s dangerous, but you do it because you believe that there are stepping-stones below the surface.

This is the story of Ellen, a damaged girl, who hoped that her feet would find the hidden stepping-stones.

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The local carter had helped Ellen by modifying one of the heavy wooden serving trays. Straps had been nailed onto the underside of the tray, into which she could push her forearms. She could then carry it, without having to reveal that where she should have hands, were merely stumps.

 

At the meal that evening, she strode through the hall, holding the tray aloft and her chin up. A kitchen worker loaded her tray, as she stood by the board. Then she circled the long noisy table, letting people help themselves.

This worked surprisingly well - until a diner nodded rudely towards a dish of food. Th...

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Nonita Thomas
Aug 29 2020

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