I shared a bit from Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright last week, but it’s too good not to share more.
On Christmas Eve the snow was still thick on the ground, but the sky was clear and starry. The Melendys, at Father’s suggestion, had borrowed back the team of work horses, Jess and Damon, from Mr. Addison. They also borrowed the big old-fashioned hauling-sleigh from his barn, and two of children, Daphne and Dave, to help with the singing. Cuffy and Mrs. Oliphant refused to be lured away from the warm bright house. “We’ll stay at home and welcome Santa Claus,” said Mrs. Oliphant, busily tacking stockings on the mantel. “It’s years since I’ve met an attractive man of my own age.”
Willy drove the sleigh and Father perched beside him on the driver’s seat, but the children sat in back of them snuggled into the deep straw that filled the boxlike sleigh.
“I feel as if I were Louisa M. Alcott,” Randy said happily.
“I feel as if I were the Countess Natasha Rostova,” said Mona. “In War and Peace. Russian. By Leo Tolstoy. A classic.”
The sleigh bells chimed and jingled sweetly. Jess and Damon jogged comfortably along the fluffy roads, and there were so many stars in the sky that Oliver said, “Aren’t there more of them than usual tonight? Maybe they add some extra ones on Christmas Eve. To celebrate.” (126-27)
If you’ve never read The Melendy Quartet, you must! Put them on your list for 2015.
Merry Christmas! 🙂