By Tracie Peterson
Publication 2 of The Bells of Lowell. The mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, beckons Arabella Newberry while she makes a decision to escape the lifetime of the Shakers. There she unearths the independence she seeks and a better objective as she works for tutorial reform. yet Lowell, laid low with ethnic strife, turns out not a secure haven yet fairly a probability whilst a number of women move lacking. As rumors and clash invade the of the mill, Arabella struggles together with her personal middle as males vie for her love.
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A large woman with a strange accent opened the door. ‘‘They live up there,’’ she said while pointing to the stairs. ‘‘Room three. Go on,’’ she encouraged, waving her hand toward the stairway. Bella led the way up the dark stairway. The odor of strangesmelling foods, mixed with the stench of unwashed bodies, caused Bella to immediately long for a breath of fresh air. Instead, she held a kerchief to her nose as she knocked on the door of room three. The gaunt stoop-shouldered woman who came to the door appeared much older than her years.
I didn’t seek his permission. ’’ Ida placed a hand on each cheek and stared wideeyedat the two girls. CHAPTER 3 An early spring storm refused to let up, and Bella and Daughtie soon found their shoes weighed down with the muck and mire of the roadway and their woolen cloaks heavy with rainwater. Bella grabbed Daughtie’s hand and pulled, hoping they could avoid the splattering mud from a passing coach. But her feet wouldn’t take hold in the slippery mud, and they both were showered with flying sludge before the coach finally came to a halt a short distance down the road.
After carefully fastening a kerchief across the bodice of her dress, Bella pulled back the bedcovers, neatly folded them over the foot of her bed, and went about her other chores until her sheets were properly aired. ‘‘You appear tired this morning,’’ Sister Mercy commented as she patted Bella’s shoulder. ’’ Bella gave the older woman a smile. ‘‘I’m fine, Sister Mercy. ’’ ‘‘And I’m looking forward to your company, also,’’ Sister Mercy replied while pouring additional oil into one of the lamps. ‘‘We’re low on oil.