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Chapter 8 - (VERSO)

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further than that Old Man Shaw had no ambition. He was as blithe as a pilgrim on a pathway climbing to the west. He had learned the rare secret that you must take happiness where you can find it—that there is no use in marking the place and coming back to it at a more convenient season, because it will not be there then. And it is very easy to be happy if you know, as Old Man Shaw most thoroughly knew, how to find pleasure in little things. He enjoyed life; he had always


From "Old Man Shaw's Girl." First published as "Ol' Man Reeves' Girl" in Farm and Fireside in 1905 and later included in the collection Chronicles of Avonlea (1912). You can read the original here.