The garden was cut like a lady fair as she slumbered in delight. Flowers shone forth with sparks of dew in the morning light. Alice paused in a melancholy haze, as she heard her sisters approach from afar. She was lost in the discontent with her life at this moment, for all she had was her studies, as her sister shone in the contentment of married bliss. The rose petals felt like silk as they slipped through the touch of her fingers. She sighed as she turned back along the sinuous garden path to where the breakfast tea was set for their meeting.
Her sisters Hattie and Emily were seated by the time she made her appearance and they glanced at her impatiently. ' I am so sorry to keep you waiting but I always feel the presence of our parents in this garden of which we spent our days as children. said Alice as she properly seated herself at the table. Hattie's expression softened “ I do miss them dearly also, not a day goes by that I don't think of them' she replied. 'You always were the more sensitive one Alice' said Emily as she poured herself a cup. 'Well you and Hattie have the companionship of your husbands and children and all I have are my studies' said Alice as she fussed with her bodice. It is high time you forgot about this foolish pursuit of higher education my dearest or you will some day miss out on the finer things in life, like the warmth of a husband beside you in the Eve' said Hattie assuredly. My possessions are ample and the comfort I get from a good book suffices ' replied Alice. “And that is precisely the reason for this meeting' retorted Hattie with a glance of consternation.
'There are provisions in the will that state you must be married before you may receive your trust and that has not been confirmed' .'You must give up your frivolous ways Alice,we plead of you' said Emily. Alice's blood ran cold by degrees very gradually “ As you all have insisted since they passed.” Why must I give in to these wishes for it is not my desire'? 'I have no passion to be held or to be coddled by a man.' said Alice, hostility running madly through her veins.'It is stated in the provisions made by mother, you have no choice in this matter, you will be cut off entirely by the estate.' replied Hattie matter of factually.
“ You have until the end of this year to take care of this matter or your trust will become invalid and it is decreed that Emily and I will be the benefactors of your share of the estate.” stated Hattie as she prepared to take leave of this unfortunate affair. 'Well isn't that a convenient coincidence for you both Alice replied' ' I will make it a gift to you and that will be the end of it – it will- you needn't say a word, I am finished with both of you.' she said as she rose abruptly and headed for the North end of the garden, tears slipping gently from the corner of her eye. Max "אביר"Thirsty
- 13 days ago
One of my favorite songs done in many versions and interpretation is Over the Hills and Far Away