Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Elsie Wall]
To Elsie it seems strange that some people never get over a feeling of shame at having to move to the mill. Her own mother, Clara Bedingfield, still holds hard feelings against her father, Charlie Bedingfield for bringing her to the mill. Her father teases her mother by saying that he to going to bury her in the village. Clara says that if there is such a thing as coming back to “hant” a person she'll hant him so he'll know nothing but misery the rest of his life. All of Clara's children are married and live at the mill. Her brothers' and sisters' children live in and around Raleigh. Many of them have good positions. If Charlie had never moved her from Raleigh to the cotton mill she thinks her children would have done well, too.
Elsie thinks that such talk from her mother is highly amusing. Maybe she herself could have done better if her parents had stayed on in Raleigh and if she could have managed to get a job in which there wasn't any figuring.