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Page 37 for the text "Rena," the story that will eventually become The House Behind the Cedars. Click on the manuscript image to get a version that can be magnified.

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back of the buggy-box, made a liberal application of the oil to his,
hair, which he combed and brushed with great precision. He then
blacked his boots and brushed them until they vied with the mirror
in polish. A vain man, surely, one would have said who had wit-
nessed these preparations.

A few minutes later, the buggy, now bright and new, drawn by
the now clean and sprightly mare, rattled briskly across the long
wooden bridge over the Cape Clear River, and came up Front Street
at a lively canter, a very picture of animation. When the buggy
reached the corner where Mis' Molly's house stood, it turned to the
left toward Back Street.

Mis' Molly was in the front part of the house, and hearing the
sound of approaching wheels ran to the window and looked out. The
buggy had gone by and she could only see from that point the broad
back and stout brown neck and the sleek and shining hair of the

Rena looked up from the apples she wass peeling on the back
piazza to encounter a pair of bold black eyes fixed upon her in
evident admiration. The stranger drew rein a moment, looked as
though he meant to address her, but hesitated, and springing down
from the buggy, crossed the foot-bridge and spoke to Frank Fuller,
who was working by the window of the cooper-shop. Rena could not
hear what they said, but perceived from Frank's gestures that he
was directing the stranger. The stout man resumed his seat in the