Down the Snow Stairs; Or, From Good-Night to Good-Morning
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The Two Ways.
DOWN THE SNOW STAIRS;
|II.||Kitty and Johnnie||17|
|III.||Down the Snow Stairs||34|
|IV.||Naughty Children Land||48|
|V.||“To Daddy Coax’s House”||67|
|VII.||On the Other Side of the Stream||112|
|VIII.||Pictures in the Fog||122|
|X.||In the Wood||162|
|VXI.||Kitty Dances with Strange Partners||177|
|XII.||“Eat or Be Eaten”||192|
|XIII.||Play-Ground, and After||206|
|XIV.||“I and Myself”||215|
|XV.||Was it Johnnie’s Face?||229|
|XVI.||At the Gate||242|
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
|The Two Ways||Frontispiece.|
|Johnnie and His Art Treasures||5|
|Down the Wide Staircase||16|
|Sliding Down the Balusters||28|
|The Snow-Man Visits Kitty||35|
|Following the Snow-Man||39|
|The Drollest Creature||40|
|Kitty and the Elf||45|
|Broken Toy Land||49|
|A Dismal Chorus||51|
|“A black creature glared at her”||54|
|A Disagreeable Acquaintance||56|
|A Good Fight||64|
|The Song of the Sillies||69|
|“I am not vain”||73|
|A Jam-Tart Too Many||78|
|Kitty and Daddy Coax||87|
|VIIA Lively Wig||89|
|Sweetening the Fury||95|
|All Jam and No Powder||98|
|The Fight for the Flute||108|
|The Shadow of the Rod||111|
|“Peering out of the mist”||114|
|The White-Robed Stranger||119|
|Entangled in the Web||123|
|The Tramp of Weary Feet||126|
|The Right One to Kick||133|
|A Hard Lesson||139|
|“Oh, to be hungry again!”||141|
|Faces! Faces!—a World of Faces!||145|
|The Cry for the Kiss||152|
|Kitty’s Guardian Child||155|
|Kitty’s Naughty-Self Goblin||161|
|The Hanging Dwarf||166|
|“At one bound she sprang across”||176|
|The Frog-Like One||178|
|Step, Wriggle, and Bow||181|
|The Little Courtiers||185|
|VIIIThe Boy with the Suetty Voice||199|
|I and Myself||217|
|“A cripple like Johnnie”||226|
|A Merry Game||232|
|The Goblin Crew||236|
|Out of the Mist||241|
|At the Locked Gate||244|
|The Mist of Punishment Land||248|
|“It is a secret”||254|
Toss! toss! from one side to the other; stillKitty could not sleep.
The big round moon looked in at the window,for the curtain had not been drawn, and it madea picture of the window on the wall opposite,and showed the pattern on the paper; nosegaysof roses, tied with blue ribbon; roses and knotsof blue ribbon; like no roses Kitty had everseen, and no blue ribbon she had ever bought.
2Toss! toss! toss! she shut her eyes not tosee the picture of the window on the wall orthe roses and the blue ribbon, yet she couldnot go to sleep. It was always toss! toss!from one side to the other.
It was Christmas Eve, and outside the worldwas white with snow.
“It had been a dreadful day,” Kitty said toherself. “The last nine days had been dreadfuldays, and this had been the dreadfulest ofall.”
Her brother Johnnie was very ill; he wassix years old, just two years younger than herself;but he was much smaller, being a tinycripple. Next to her mother Kitty loved himmore than anybody in the whole world.
All through those “dreadful” nine days shehad not been allowed to see him. She hadmany times knelt outside his door, and listenedto his feeble moan, but she had not been permittedto enter his room.
That morning she had asked the doctor ifshe could see Johnnie, as it was Christmas Eve.The doctor had shaken his head and patted3her hair. “He must not be excited; he is stillvery ill. If he gets better after to-night—then—perhaps!”he said.
She had overheard what he whispered toNurse. “To-night will decide; if he pullsthrough to-night.”
All day Kitty had thought of those words.
“To-night, if he pulls through to-night.”What did they mean? did they mean thatJohnnie might die to-night?
She had waited outside Johnnie’s room; buther mother had said, “No; you cannot go in;”and Nurse had said, “You will make Johnnieworse if you stand about, and he hears yourstep.”
Kitty’s heart was full of misery. “It wasunkind not to