Chapter 13 - (VERSO)
about it. I didn’t think it would be hard to do,; and it wasn’t. I went over the very next day because I saw Emmeline driving off to the store. I found Prissy alone, sewing carpet rags. Emmeline kept her constantly at that – because Prissy hated it I suppose. Prissy was crying when I went in, and in a few minutes I had the whole story. Prissy wanted to get married – and she wanted to get married to Stephen – and Emmeline wouldn’t let her.
“Prissy Strong,” I said in
in agravat exasperation, “you haven’t the spirit of a mouse! Why on earth did you write him such a letter”?
From "The Courting of Prissy Strong."
"sewing carpet rags": Probably referring to the first step in assembling a "rag rug." Old clothing or fabric was torn or cut into strips and sewn together to make long ropes. These ropes could be braided and finally sewn together into a flat spiral rug or woven together.