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Chapter 13 - (VERSO)

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“Please don’t insult cats,” I said. “I’ll tell you what we’ll do. You can see the ventilator on our barn from your place, can’t you? You’d be able to make out a flag or something tied to it, wouldn’t you, through that spy-glass of yours”?

Stephen thought he could.

“Well, you take a squint at it every now and then,” I said. “Just as soon as Emmeline leaves Prissy alone I’ll hoist a signal.”

The chance didn’t come for a whole fortnight. Then, one evening, I saw Emmeline striding over the field below our house. As soon as she was out of sight I ran through the birch grove to Prissy.

“Yes, Em’line’s gone to sit sit up


From "The Courting of Prissy Strong."


"ventilator": These were small structures on the peak of a barn roof that would help circulate the air. They were often made of galvanized metal or wood, and some were shaped like small, ornamental cupolas.