By Tracie Peterson
Booklet 2 of The Bells of Lowell. The mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, beckons Arabella Newberry while she comes to a decision to escape the lifetime of the Shakers. There she unearths the independence she seeks and a better goal as she works for academic reform. yet Lowell, affected by ethnic strife, turns out not a secure haven yet relatively a risk while a number of women pass lacking. As rumors and clash invade the of the mill, Arabella struggles along with her personal middle as males vie for her love.
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Bella attempted to pretend she couldn’t hear the conversation, for the driver’s embarrassment was obvious. ‘‘Payday’s the same for everybody, Luther, you know that. Last Friday of the month. You’ll need to line up out in the mill yard with everybody else,’’ Mr. Gault quietly replied. He drew closer to the driver and lowered his voice to a whisper. ’’ Luther’s cheeks flushed a rosy red. ‘‘Thank you, Mr. Gault. ’’ Squaring his shoulders, the driver made his way to the door. ‘‘Your bags will be waiting at your boardinghouses, ladies.
Her parents stand to lose their farm if she doesn’t go to work and send her earnings home,’’ Ruth confided. ‘‘And what of you? ’’ Daughtie inquired. Ruth smiled. ‘‘I’m going to send most of my money home for my brother’s education. ’’ ‘‘But what of your education, Ruth? ’’ Bella inquired. Ruth giggled. ’’ she asked as she grabbed her bandbox and entered the inn. It was obvious she didn’t expect an answer. Bella hastened to reach Ruth’s side. ‘‘Because you’re worthy of an education, also. ’’ Both Sally and Ruth stared at Bella as though she’d gone mad.
We can talk more on the way to meeting tonight,’’ Bella promised as she leaned down and gave her friend a quick hug. She ought not take the time, but she knew she might never see these children again. Kneeling down, she held her arms wide and pulled each child into a warm embrace before leaving the room. A tear trickled down her cheek as Bella glanced toward the Sisters’ Weaving Shop. She exited the dormitory and hurried back toward the Dwelling House. Rounding a turn in the path, she looked up toward the bell, hoping it wouldn’t sound until she had safely returned to the kitchen.
A Fragile Design by Tracie Peterson