The night was almost spent when Edna laid down her pen, and raised her clasped hands over the MS., which she had just completed.
For many weary months she had toiled to render it worthy of
its noble theme, had spared neither time nor severe trains of thought;
by day and by night she had searched and pondered; she had prayed
fervently and ceaselessly, and worked arduously, unflaggingly, to
accomplish this darling hope of her heart, to embody successfully this
ambitious dream, and at last the book was finished.
The manuscript was a mental tapestry, into which she had
woven exquisite shades of thought, and curious and quaint, devices and
rich, glowing imagery that flecked the groundwork with purple and amber
But would the design be duly understood and appreciated by
the great, busy, bustling world, for whose amusement and improvement she
had labored so assiduously at the spinning-wheels of fancy -- the loom
of thought? Would her fellow-creatures accept it in the earnest, loving
spirit in which it had been manufactured? Would they hang this Gobelin
of her brain along the walls of memory, and turn to it tenderly, reading
reverently its ciphers
and its illuminations; or would it be rent and ridiculed, and trampled
under foot? This book was a shrine to which her purest thoughts, her
holiest aspirations travelled like pilgrims, offering the best of which
her nature was capable. Would those for whom she had patiently chiselled
and built it guard and prize and keep it; or smite and overturn and
Looking down at the mass of MS. now ready for the printer, a
sad, tender, yearning expression filled the author's eyes; and her
little white hands passed caressingly over its closely-written pages, as
a mother's soft fingers might lovingly stroke the face of a child about
to be thrust out into a hurrying crowd of cold, indifferent strangers,
who perhaps would rudely jeer at and brow-beat her darling.
For several days past Edna had labored assiduously to
complete the book, and now at last she could fold her tired hands, and
rest her weary brain.