The Village Watch Tower

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Author: Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

The Village Watch Tower

Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith, 1856-1923

Dear old apple-tree, under whose gnarled branches these stories were written, to you I dedicate the book. My head was so close to you, who can tell from whence the thoughts came? I only know that when all the other trees in the orchard were barren, there were always stories to be found under your branches, and so it is our joint book, dear apple-tree. Your pink blossoms have fallen on the page as I wrote; your ruddy fruit has dropped into my lap; the sunshine streamed through your leaves and tipped my pencil with gold. The birds singing in your boughs may have lent a sweet note here and there; and do you remember the day when the gentle shower came? We just curled the closer, and you and I and the sky all cried together while we wrote "The Fore-Room Rug."

It should be a lovely book, dear apple-tree, but alas! it is not altogether that, because I am not so simple as you, and because I have strayed farther away from the heart of Mother Nature.

KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN

"Quillcote," Hollis, Maine, August 12, 1895.

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Chicago: Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, "The Village Watch Tower," The Village Watch Tower, ed. Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937 and trans. Townsend, R.S. in The Village Watch Tower (New York: A. L. Burt Company, 1916), Original Sources, accessed November 25, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P4D6D977LN13QQP.

MLA: Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith. "The Village Watch Tower." The Village Watch Tower, edited by Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937, and translated by Townsend, R.S., in The Village Watch Tower, Vol. 22, New York, A. L. Burt Company, 1916, Original Sources. 25 Nov. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P4D6D977LN13QQP.

Harvard: Wiggin, KD, 'The Village Watch Tower' in The Village Watch Tower, ed. and trans. . cited in 1916, The Village Watch Tower, A. L. Burt Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 November 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P4D6D977LN13QQP.