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By Shirin Yim Bridges,Albert Nguyen

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Nearly every week there was a large dining, and often entertainments in the evening with elaborate suppers. It is true that the mistress or daughter of the house and Aunt Lucy always helped with the desserts and the fancy dishes. Thinking it over by the light of later experience, I know our cook was a hardworked creature. Then, we never thought about it. Also, there was the seamstress, only next in importance to the cook, and always with piles of work ahead. In those days there were no ready-made clothes for women or children and not many for men, otherwise than pants, vests, and coats.

The refugees are a nicer and more refined people than most of those they meet, and they see and resent the difference" (238). Ultimately time, and perhaps a desire for human companionship, seem to have diminished these hostilities and xxxvi DREW GILPIN FAUST conflicts. By the last months of war, when the Stones had resided in Tyler, Texas, for nearly two years, a rapprochement with the "natives," as Kate called them, took place. Asked to assist with a benefit for a soldiers' home, the Stones became friendly with some residents of the town.

The lesson Kate derived from the "trouble"—she eschews even the word war—she had been through was to be "thankful," to try to "enjoy," to look for the "silver lining" (378). Did Kate perhaps on some level recognize that with the other members of her family shattered and struggling, she had to be a figure of strength and hope? Or did she herself need to bury—almost to deny—the impact of war's terrors and tragedies? Kate ended her Bildungsroman by reporting a series of lessons and morals that appear imposed on, rather than derived from, her experience; indeed, her conclusions seem to ignore the very circumstances of depression, illness, and poverty she had described around her.

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