Mrs. Dare brought them four of her mama’s stored-away hoop-skirt dresses, because they were made outa such good heavy material, and pretty, too, and they made a kinda crazy-quilt mattress and some nice pillows, as pretty as you please, with some of the cloth that had danced at the governor’s inauguration. And Dares had probably birthed and died in that bed for a couple hundred years.
When he come round the corner of the house, White-Earl was a-standin’ there at Cud’n Verlee’s winder, and her in there dressin’ for a Missionary social, with him hid kindly up in the viburnums, and a-peekin’ in real sly-like through a little ole crack between the curtains.
Cud’n Zeal and Cud’n Summer helt on to White-Earl tight while their Daddy was blessin’ him out, and there were some several words in there that made Aint Vera shush him up, even though she’d already come over there and give him a good kick her ownself, and him still on the ground.
a lot of his Mama and all, and I knew she’d be just SO got away with over this, but there just wadn’t any keepin’ it quiet. And we didn’t WANT to. Lord knows what ELSE he’d a got up to if folks weren’t on their guard.”
out and was waitin’ for all the clammerin and the marchin’ to get to him.