Hunger (1918)

Hunger (1918)

by James Stephens

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ON some people misery comes unrelentingly, with such a continuous rage that one might say destruction had been sworn against them, and that they were doomed beyond appeal, or hope. That seemed to her to be the case as she sat, when her visitor had departed, looking on life as it had moved about her, and she saw that life had closed on her and crushed her, and that there was nothing to be said about it, and no one to be blamed.

She was four years married, and she had three children. One of them had fallen when he was quite young, and had hurt his back so badly that the dispensary doctor instructed her not to let him walk for a few years.

She loved all her children, but this child she loved greatly, for, of the three, she had to do the most for him. Indeed she had to do everything for him, and she loved to, dp it. He was the eldest and he Wai aiivays with her : so were the others, , pf, course, ,f or a woman in needy circum-.,''can- never get away from her children ; but the other youngsters were with her as screamings and demands, to be attended to and forgotten, while he was with her as a companion eye, a consciousness to whom she could talk and who would reply to her, and who would not by any means get into mischief. He could not get into anything else either.

Her husband was a housepainter, and when work was brisk he got good wages : he could earn thirty-five shillings a week when he was working. But his work was constant only in the summer months : through the bad weather there was no call for him, for no one wanted house-painting done in the winter, and so the money which he earned in the fine months had to be stretched and made to cover the remaining seven months of the year.Nor were these five months to be entirely depended upon : here and there in a week days would be missed, and with that his Society dues had to be paid, for he would pay those though he starved for it.

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BN ID: 2940013565340
Publisher: tbooks
Publication date: 11/09/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 44
File size: 68 KB

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