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Chapter 5


look after the Thomas children—there were four of them younger than me—and I can tell you they took a lot of looking after. Then Mr. Thomas was killed (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)falling off a train,(end superscript) and his mother offered to take Mrs. Thomas and the children but she didn’t want me. (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)J3(end superscript) Then Mrs. Hammond from up the river came down and said she’d take me (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)seeing I was handy with children,(end superscript) and I went up the river to live with her in a little clearing among the stumps. It was a very lonesome place. I’m sure I could never have lived there if I hadn’t an imagination. Mr. Hammond worked a little saw-mill up there and Mrs. Hammond had eight children. She had twins three times. I like babies (begin subscript)^(end subscript)(begin superscript)in moderation(end superscript) but twins three times in succession is too


LMM Notes

LMM Note J3
Mrs. Thomas was at her wits' end, (begin strikethrough) what(end strikethrough) so she said, what to do with me[.]