Quote from "The Child in the Grave" (1859)
The day of the funeral came. For several nights she had not closed her eyes; but early in the morning of this day, overcome at last by weariness, she fell asleep. And during her sleep the coffin was carried into a distant room and there the lid was nailed down, so that she would not hear the sound of the hammering.
When she awoke she demanded to see her child, but her husband replied through his tears, "We have closed the coffin; it had to be done."
"When God deals cruelly with me," she cried, "why should people treat me better!" And then she was overcome with bitter tears.
The coffin was carried to the grave; the inconsolable mother sat with her young daughters, but she looked at them without seeing them, for her thoughts had nothing more to do with her home. She resigned herself to sorrow, and it tossed her to and fro as the sea tosses the rudderless ship. Thus passed the day of the funeral, and several days followed, all dark with the same heavy monotony of sorrow.
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Keywords: Mother, family, house, sorrow, grief, children, despair