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My Young Alcides
by Charlotte Mary Yonge
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Short excerpt: Was it Hercules with club and lion-skin, or was it a gentleman I had known?
On the whole, her presence was very good for us, if only by infusing the element of age. She liked to potter about in the morning, attending to her birds and bantams, and talking to the gardening men, weeding women, and all the people in the adjacent hamlet; and, afterwards, the fireside, with her knitting and a newspaper, sufficed her.
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