Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Kitchen Stove

"The range got such a cleaning as it hadn't had in years. The ashes were cleaned out and the soot removed from all its little doors and traps and openings. Molly wasn't used to a city range with all its numerous appliances, but she had keen common sense and used it. She knew dirt and ashes couldn't help a fire burn, so she removed them. And she scrubbed it inside and out, for she found the oven encrusted with burned sugar and juice of some sort and the top covered with grease. Then she started a fire. Before long it was glowing, and the water in the old tank was steaming hot."

--Grace Livingston Hill, A Daily Rate

2 comments:

Kerri said...

I just discovered your blog. I wish there were more like it.

I haven't read a lot of GLH books, but I'm inspired to read more of them by your blog. A Daily Rate is my favorite so far. There is just something about her getting the chance to clean that old place up, after having to live in it the way it was.

Thanks.

carla said...

This reminded me of the GLH book I read years and years ago, but one scene stuck in my mind. It seems like a person from a wealthy background had been invited to spend Christmas with a down-to-earth family. The rich person was hesitant to sit down on one of the kitchen chairs. Their friend assured them that it was okay, because their mother never allowed any grease or flour to remain on her chairs. I think about this every time I clean mine.