Mary Ann was a tall girl too, somewhat dark like her mother, but with a round full face and a high colour in her cheeks.
In Mary Ann there was a certain affected simper, and a craving for notice, that I was sorry to observe.
Finally, when the infirmities of Father Ephraim had admonished him to seek a successor in his patriarchal office, he thought of Adam and Martha, and proposed to renew, in their persons, the primitive form of Shaker government, as established by Mother Ann
. They were to be the Father and Mother of the village.
"I don't think it matters this once if you put the prayer-book on the top, Mary Ann
," he said.
It was she who called the doctor, and who, brushing aside Ann
Bartell, had the boy carried into the house.
She went in without knocking, and hurried upstairs, in great fear lest she should meet the real Mary Ann
, and be turned out of the house before she had found the fan and gloves.
I retired modestly to a corner--with Miss Jane Ann
Stamper on my lap, in case of emergency.
Go on joking, Ann
. You're the wit of the family, and the others like to hear it."
One evening, in the beginning of June, I had stayed out very late with Mary Ann
in the wood; we had, as usual, separated ourselves from the others, and had wandered far; so far that we lost our way, and had to ask it at a lonely cottage, where a man and woman lived, who looked after a herd of half-wild swine that fed on the mast in the wood.
Then we drove a long ways to cousin Ann
's and went to bed.
It looked just a trifle like little Susan Ann
's when she wanted something very much.
She knew he didn't mean to be unkind; but Mary Ann
was very far from strong, and, if he didn't take care, he might lose her when he least expected it, which would be a very dreadful reflection for him afterwards; and so on.