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Matilda - Written 21 Nov. 2019

Greshamsbury, Barsetshire, ENG – 1841

Another girl with dark curls was welcomed into Arabella’s trembling arms.  As the pale fingers of the newborn clutched at her mother’s forefinger, the mother knew…Dr. Fillgrave’s eyes confirmed it…the child wasn’t set for a long life on this earth.

Her skin was too pale, her eyes too bright, her expressions too dull… Arabella sighed and, branching from proper tradition, asked that her six other children and their father be brought in to meet the waning life held in her arms.