The Good Anna storyline was about a German housekeeper. She has a friend who is a woman of colour but was raised by white parents, and we get descriptions like this: Rose Johnson was careless and was lazy, but she had been brought up by white folks and she needed decent comfort. I just didn't love them. You just stop your fussing now with Herman, papa. The good Anna did not weep for poor old Baby. They had stiff, red felt hats, trimmed with black velvet ribbon, and a bird. Poor Lena cried very hard all alone in the street car.
Lehntman dreaded her firm character, her vigorous judgments and the bitter fervour of her tongue. I never see anybody like you, Lena. They decided then together, it was better to wait there all four together for the baby, and Herman could make Mrs. You just go along home with papa and try it what I say, Herman. The younger, Bertha, who was almost as tall as her sister, was dark, and quicker, and she was heavy, too, but not really fat. It was very hard for the two women to begin. He liked to be with men and he hated to have women with them.
Lehntman had her unhearing mind and her happy way of giving a pleasant well diffused attention, and then she had it on her side that, after all, this thing was already done. Their mother could hardly make them kiss their grandparents, and every day the girls would get a scolding. Melanctha is no more sure about his intentions. One day she came into the Lehntman house. Lehntman never spoke of the new doctor more than she could help. Haydon would do so much for Lena, though she was always talking so grand about what she could do for everybody.
She did not have the money for the rent. She did not belong to any society that could stop them and she told them so most frankly, but her strained voice and her glittering eyes, and her queer piercing german english first made them afraid and then ashamed. Davidson puts it in her hands — her symbol of Victory. Anna had never met the man but she heard of him very often now. Kreder was there, who had now the real right to do it.
Haydon could get her a good husband. Lehntman had now left the evil and mysterious man who had been the cause of all her trouble. When Anna told such histories to her doctor and later to her cherished Miss Mathilda, her eyes were always full of humor and enjoyment as she explained that she had said it so, and now she would not have to tell the father for she had not really made a sin. She was a tall, thin, sallow girl, aged twenty-three, by nature slatternly and careless but trained by Anna into superficial neatness. Anna's life with Miss Mary Wadsmith was now drawing to an end. Drehten lived a patient, homely, hard-working life. It was not right for Anna to do so.
Herman always did everything they wanted and he would surely come back in time to get married. You get all ready to be married Tuesday, Lena, you hear me, said Mrs. Anna was sad because her parents died. As an early attempt at modernism it had academic interest, at least. Lenas german voice when she knocked and called the family in the morning was as awakening, as soothing, and as appealing, as a delicate soft breeze in midday, summer. Jeff is a rational person while Melanctha is very emotional.
Of course, this means that English professors also think it's the most brilliant one. I was a white girl. Whilst comparing four different types of individuals at the dusk of their lives, the speaker yet still keeps the main focus on the years lived by those people. Lehntman, now the thing was done seemed very lifeless, without interest in the house, uneasy in her mind and restless in her ways, and more diffuse even than before in her attention. At last on Sunday she got word by a boy to go and see her aunt Mathilda.
Lehntman could never make it pay and it would cost so much to keep. Gertrude Stein wrote a novel in her own most ambitious rosy style, about innocent women who came to bad ends, that was very plain and true and full of the warm, intelligent, echoing-round sunshine of her own rosy prose, and she called the novel Three Lives. Now she grew pale and fainted quite away. He tried to cure the boy of his bad ways, and make him honest, but the mother could not make herself let the father manage, and so the boy was brought up very badly. Lena seemed to be going to have much trouble with it. Lena Maria was born in 1968 without arms and with only one healthy leg while the other one is half developed.