Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #216
“That is almost more than I can bear!” exclaims Miss Maxwell, sitting down on a bench and stabbing the grass with the tip of her closed parasol. “It seems to me Rebecca never has any respite. I had so many plans for her this next month, in fitting her for her position, and now she will settle down to housework again, and to nursing of that poor, sick, cross old aunt.
“If it had not been for the cross old aunt, Rebecca would still have been at Sunnybrook; and from the standpoint of education advantages, or indeed advantages of any sort, she might well have been in the backwoods,” returns Adam.
“That is true; I was vexed when I spoke, for I thought an easier and happier day was dawning for my prodigy and pearl.”
“Our prodigy and pearl,” corrects Adam.
“Oh, yes!” she laughed. “I always forget that it pleases you to pretend you discovered Rebecca.”
“I believe though those happier days are dawning for her,” continues Adam. “It must be a secret for the present, but Mr. Randall’s farm will be bought by the railroad. We must have right of way through the land, and the station will be built on her property. She will receive six thousand dollars, which, though not a fortune, will yield her three or four hundred dollars a year.
“There is a mortgage on the land; that paid, and Rebecca self-supporting, the mother ought to push the education of the oldest boy, who is a fine, ambitious fellow. He should be taken away from farm work and settled at his studies.”
“We might form ourselves into a Randall Protection Agency… Limited,” muses Miss Maxwell. “I confess I want Rebecca to have a career.”
“I don’t,” Adam says promptly.
“You understand her mind better, but not necessarily her heart. You are considering her for the moment as prodigy; I am thinking of her more as pearl.”
“Well,” sighs Emily Maxwell whimsically, “prodigy or pearl, the Randall Protective Agency may pull Rebecca in opposite directions, but nevertheless she will follow her saint.”
“That will be fine by me,” says Adam apprehensively.
“Particularly if the “saint” beckons your way.”
Judith/Miss Maxwell concludes the scene with a provoking smile.