Trying It on Beldon: A Comedy in Two Acts (Classic Reprint)
Mr. Beldon (with a disgusted air). Here I am, home for a week, probably. I wish Perkins and the others hadn't backed out about going camping for a few days. I wanted to go, but should hardly care to try it alone. Yet a vacation in the house is not exactly what I bargained for. How I am going to stand it, I don't know. I hear enough nights and mornings of the imaginary ailments of this family without having to endure it all day. It's a grunt or a groan from one or the other all the time. There's Maria, who is always ailing: Aunt Sophronia is never quite well: my son Oliver is not strong: while even Priscilla, the servant, has more poor days than good ones. If I thought they were really ill, I should feel sorry for them, but it's my belief that they-just mope around the house and worry over their little ailments until they assume gigantic proportions. They are constantly running to doctors, and constantly taking medicine. If they would go out every day and take a dose of pure air, I'm sure that their complaints would vanish like the dew. But they're all afraid of catching cold - that is, all but Jessie, dear girl! who is the only healthy one among them. You don't catch her moping in the house. No, indeed, she knows what is good for her - of course, so far as her health is concerned.
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