Many of the menial offices, too, were to be performed by the wife of the porter, according to the bargain, leaving to poor Adrienne, however, all the care of her grandmother, whose room she seldom quitted, the duties of nurse and cook, and the still more important task of finding the means of subsistence.
For quite a month the poor desolate girl contrived to provide for her grandmother's necessities, by disposing of the different articles of the trousseau.
The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village, and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood, a wolf met her.
'Cake and wine; yesterday was baking-day, so poor sick grandmother is to have something good, to make her stronger.'
While I scrubbed, my grandmother busied herself in the dining-room until I called anxiously, `Grandmother, I'm afraid the cakes are burning!' Then she came laughing, waving her apron before her as if she were shooing chickens.
While my grandmother was busy about supper, I settled myself on the wooden bench behind the stove and got acquainted with the cat-- he caught not only rats and mice, but gophers, I was told.
"Well, here I am--and instead of a telegram, too!" the Grandmother at last ejaculated, to dissipate the silence.
I verily believe that if the Grandmother had held her tongue a few seconds longer she would have had a stroke.
Then began the hard years for Tom Foster's grandmother
. First her son-in-law was killed by a policeman during a strike and then Tom's mother became an invalid and died also.
She drew another match against the wall: it was again light, and in the lustre there stood the old grandmother
, so bright and radiant, so mild, and with such an expression of love.
The next morning she found her grandmother
in bed; the fever had not abated, on the contrary her eyes glistened and she appeared to be suffering from violent nervous irritability.
Majauszkiene knew that because her son belonged to a political organization with a contractor who put up exactly such houses.