The Reverend Thomas Wilson's sister, Miss Sophronia, had come to Sunbridge on a Tuesday evening late in June to make her brother's family a long-promised visit. But it was not until the next morning that she heard something that sent her to her sister-in-law in a burst of astonishment almost too great for words. For pity's sake, Mary, what is this I hear? she demanded. Edith insists that her cousin, Cordelia, is going to Texas next week - to Texas! - Cordelia! Yes, she is, Sophronia, replied the minister's wife, trying to make her answer sound as cheerful and commonplace as she could, and as if Texas were in the next room. (It was something of a trial to Mrs. Thomas Wilson that her husband's sister could not seem to understand that she, a minister's wife for eighteen years and the mother of five children, ought to know what was proper and right for her orphaned niece to do - at least fully as much as should a spinster, who had never brought up anything but four cats and a parrot!) "Edith is quite right

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