We sail along the past, and see
Great Thebes with Karnak at her knee.
To Isis and Osiris rise
The prayers and smoke of sacrifice.
'Mid rites of priests and pomp of kings
Again the seated Memnon sings.
We watch the palms along the shore,
And dream of what is here no more.

Gifts

Before Gustave or Aimee descended over the house, the famiyl was already in full swing for the holidays.  The two former maids cooking , the grandfather entertaining the youngest children and Javert holed up inside his office.

Everyone was pleased that Cosette had returned to her happier self.  Even as she baked in the kitchen with her two friends, they coudl see her spirit could not be dampened.  ”So many happy tidings for this year,” Madeline said.  ”I’m glad such joy could be returned.”

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