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LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY            377
had asked him when he would have the funeral, and where they should lay her; and he had answered, im­patiently, that he cared not.
Adolph and Rosa had arranged the chamber; volatile, fickle, and childish, as they generally were, they were soft-hearted and full of feeling; and, while Miss Ophelia presided over the general details of order and neatness, it was their hands that added those soft poetic touches to the arrangements, that took from the death-room the grim and ghastly air which too often marks a New England funeral.
There were still flowers on the shelves, — all white, delicate, and fragrant, with graceful, drooping leaves. Eva's little table, covered with white, bore on it her favo­rite vase, with a single white moss rosebud in it. The folds of the drapery, the fall of the curtains, had been arranged and rearranged, by Adolph and Rosa, with that nicety of eye which characterizes their race. Even now, while St. Clare stood there thinking, little Rosa tripped softly into the chamber with a basket of white flowers. She stepped back when she saw St. Clare, and stopped respectfully ; but seeing that he did not observe her, she came forward to place them around the dead. St. Clare saw her as in a dream, while she placed in the small hands a fair cape jessamine, and, with admirable taste, disposed other flowers around the couch.
The door opened again, and Topsy, her eyes swelled with crying, appeared, holding something under her apron. Rosa made a quick, forbidding gesture; but she took a step into the room.
" You must go out," said Rosa, in a sharp, positive whisper ; " you have n't any business here ! "
" Oh, do let me ! I brought a flower, — such a pretty one ! " said Topsy, holding up a half-blown tea rosebud. " Do let me put just one there."
" Get along," said Rosa, more decidedly.
" Let her stay! " said St. Clare, suddenly stamping his foot. " She shall come."