A Christmas Promise (The Christmas Stories, Book 7) by Anne Perry

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Water stains from broken guttering streaked black, and she knew they would smell of mold inside, like dirty socks. The soles of her boots slipped on the ice, and her feet were so cold she could not feel her toes anymore. The next street over was busy with people, men going to work at the lumberyard or the coal merchant, girls going to the match factory a little farther up. One passed her, and Gracie saw for a moment the lopsided disfigurement of her face, known as “phossie-jaw,” caused by the phosphorus in the match heads.

Minnie Maude asked. ” She remembered Mr. Balthasar’s face as he had said it, the dark, sad look in his eyes. She had seen that look before. He did not mean it. He had said it to comfort her. Now she was saying it again, to comfort Minnie Maude. Minnie Maude stared in front of her. “’s all right,” she said quietly. “Yer don’t ’ave ter look fer Charlie. ” Gracie retorted with indignation. ” Minnie Maude raised her eyes very slowly, bright with hope. Gracie could have kicked herself, but there was no escape.

Everyone was busy on errands of one sort or another, pushing carts of vegetables, bales of cloth, kegs of ale—rickety wheels catching the curbs. Children shouted, peddlers called their wares, and patterers rehearsed the latest news and gossip in singsong voices, making up colloquial rhymes. Women quarreled; several dogs ran around barking. At the end of the next road was the Whitechapel High Street, a wide thoroughfare with hansom cabs bowling along at a brisk clip, cabbies riding high on the boxes.

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