That next winter was brutal and a true challenge for the girls, with their father became dreadfully ill. Charlie’s sisters Abigail and Elizabeth came to Work and serve on the Parkington plantation. They did laundry, dusted carpets and swept the chimneys. After a few months Mrs. Parkington sent the girls to MaryAnn’s Place; a girl’s only orphanage in New York City. With their father passing she didn’t want the burden of caring for three more children.
The head mistress Madam Cornelia was a heavy set, vindictive caretaker. Charlie’s thin clothes and constant hunger was intolerable. Forcing Charlie to clean the gutters in the middle of winter and separating her from her sisters. Which was truly the hardest obstacle for Charlie, Abby and Lizzie believing that she’s abandoned them. If Charlie disobeyed or asked Madam Cornelia to see her sisters, Cornelia would threaten to send Charlie on the orphan train to a family in the country so she’d never be able to see her sisters again.
Worried that one day Madam Cornelia would follow throw with her threats Charlie plan an escape for her and her sisters. As spring came around it was time to execute her plan, while Cornelia went to the market Charlie snuck to around and found Abby. A...
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...ying but on a happy face for her sisters. Abby clenched on to her older sister awaiting the news to come. Henry starts to speak “Girls Samantha and I have grown attached to you, we know that you were special the first time you walked in our store. We couldn’t bear to let you out of ours lives. ” “How would you like to be Charlie, Abigail and Elizabeth Edwards” Samantha interrupted. The sisters yelped with gleam, just like that they had a family again; No more Cornelia, no more factory work.
Charlie cried as she hugged her new family, she felt loved and safe for the first time since her father passed. She knew how proud of her he’d be, for watching for her sisters and how happy he’d be to know that his daughters were with a couple who adored them dearly. Charlie grabbed her sisters and gave them a big hugged then whispered, “I promised to always take care of you.”
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