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I'd been scrubbing the deck, and all at once a chap said to me:
With one foot raised on the rung of a chair, and her elbow out in the attitude for sewing, her own figure possessed the sublimity of a woman's of the early world, spinning the thread of fate--the sublimity possessed by many women of the present day who fall into the attitude required by scrubbing or sewing.
Everybody was well and had flannel; nobody's pig had died; and it was Saturday morning, when there was a general scrubbing of doors and door-stones, and when it was useless to go into the school.
To think," she moaned, "that after having ruled as Queen, and lived in a palace, I must go back to scrubbing floors and churning butter again
He slept o'nights on the scrubbing cushion in the back porch and lived on the fat of the land.
They laboured under him at word of command, steering at the wheel, pulling and hauling on ropes, healing water upon the deck from overside and scrubbing with brooms.
But the music had stopped, and all she saw was a girl in a blue apron scrubbing the hearth.
I didn't see how sweeping and scrubbing a building was any preparation for the trade of electrician; but I did know that in the books all the boys started with the most menial tasks and by making good ultimately won to the ownership of the whole concern.
You will begin by scrubbing it, and by scrubbing the floors of the other rooms.
And the next he did in the singular courtship was to take her down to the stream and give her a vigorous scrubbing.
When I talked about scrubbing my aura, I was only trying to be funny.
A plaid shawl borrowed from the washerwoman, a ragged scrubbing skirt borrowed from the charwoman, and a gray wig rented from a costumer for twenty-five cents a night, completed the outfit; for Edna had elected to be an old Irishwoman singing broken-heartedly after her wandering boy.