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(1898)


A Collection of Essays and Short Stories, some autobiographical


"Think of all the advantages of a cheap possession--cheap and nasty, if you will--compared with some valuable substitute. Suppose you need this or that. "Get a good one," advises Aunt Charlotte; "one that will last." You do--and it does last. It lasts like a family curse. ....

Her mahogany was avuncular; her china remotely ancestral; her feather beds and her bedsteads!--they were haunted; the births, marriages, and deaths associated with the best one was the history of our race for three generations".--"Thoughts on Cheapness and My Aunt Charlotte", Certain Personal Matters


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