Elizabeth Greek American Short Story

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A shuffle of vibrant skirts diverted the attention of the plainly-dressed Quakers and stirred a whispered sensation amongst the crowd gathered in the Friends Meeting Hall. They clucked and bristled, crinkling their somber faces into stiff cardboard at the sight of this flashy intruder. “That’s one of the Gurney girls,” the older ladies tut-tutted to each other.
18-year-old Elizabeth Gurney hunkered under the critical gazes around her and with eyes cast downward, slipped into a pew at the back of the hall. She had never enjoyed the attention of others, and she especially didn’t enjoy it when the attention was in the negative. Having been raised in a wealthy, non-plainclothed Quaker, she had always enjoyed the frivolties of flashy clothing. She
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The eloquence of this man’s speech flowed like honey to Elizabeth’s heart and she relished in the sweetness of his words. They were unlike anything she had ever tasted.
The man was William Savery, a traveling Quaker spokesman, and he was visiting the Friends of Norwich so as to encourage them in their faith and to spread to them the things that were most dear to his heart. He spoke of the deep passion he felt for the lost people in the world.
As she sunk his words into her heart, a strong reverence stirred in her heart. Something in his words brought her back to the loneliness she herself had felt when her mother had died when she was twelve. She had been born on May 21st, 1780, the third daughter of John and Catherine Gurney. She knew well how it was to feel lonely, as her mother’s death in 1792 had thrust the care of her eight younger siblings upon her and her older sisters.
Tonight her heart developed a new longing. She felt a deep connection with God, a pringling in her heart that she had never felt before. She vowed right then and there that in all that she did, she would be the eyesight for the blind, the speech for the mute, and the ears for the deaf- whether they be physically impaired or spiritually impaired, she would be
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Waifs roamed the streets aimlessly. Without anything to do or anywhere to go, they would beg audaciously and stir up ruckuses amongst each other to gain attention. The helplessness of this children pained Elizabeth. She remembered how her mother had always exhorted her children to always be ready to outstretch a kind hand toward someone in need, and Elizabeth knew she had to help these children. She set up a system in which she would be able to tutor these children. It was a slow start at first, but as word began to spread, her program grew. At first, Elizabeth’s sisters referred to her ministry somewhat mockingly as “Betsy’s Imps”, but as more children poured in continuously and they were able to see what kind of an impact Elizabeth was making on their village, they began to use the term more
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