By Mical Schneider

To flee the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, twelve-year-old Annie and her brother to migrate to big apple urban the place they subscribe to their older sister as servants, getting cash to carry the remainder of their kinfolk to the United States, the place they realize that either meals and hardships abound.

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I stayed with William and Ellen and their Uncle Daniel. ” Bridget chided. ” She crossed South Street, ignoring the ven­ dors who called after them. ” “Clams, fine clams, white as snow. ” “I’m hungry,” Thomas said. Annie wouldn’t admit it, but she was hungry too. They’d eaten the last of the oat­ meal and biscuits yesterday, and now her stomach was growling. Bridget stopped suddenly. “Of course,” she said, more to herself than to the children. ” With a coin from her small, fringed purse, she paid for two ears of corn and handed them, still steaming in green husks, to Thomas and Annie.

She stepped forward and let her small black eyes dart over Annie’s face, her clothes, her hands, and her unstitched shoes. ” The cook stepped back and pulled in her chin. ” Annie’s cheeks burned. “And the boy,” Mrs. Cox continued. She wrinkled her nose and inspected Thomas as if he were a flounder for sale at the fishmonger’s stall. “Looks clever enough. 59 Goodness knows, Mr. Belzer is hard pressed for a lad with an ounce of intelligence. ” Before Thomas could answer, Bridget said, “Oh, Mrs. Cox, please don’t worry.

Annie wouldn’t admit it, but she was hungry too. They’d eaten the last of the oat­ meal and biscuits yesterday, and now her stomach was growling. Bridget stopped suddenly. “Of course,” she said, more to herself than to the children. ” With a coin from her small, fringed purse, she paid for two ears of corn and handed them, still steaming in green husks, to Thomas and Annie. 48 “This is sweet corn. It comes in white and yellow ears. ” Annie remembered how, in the first year of the hunger, Father had split stones on the roads to buy Indian meal.

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