The Dining Room
"Sunday morning -- At seven o'clock my grandfather comes smilelessly
down stairs. He is dressed in black, and looks as if he had lost all his
friends during the night. Miss Abigail, also in black, looks as if she
were prepared to bury them, and not indisposed to enjoy the ceremony.
Even Kitty Collins has caught the contagious gloom, as I perceive when
she brings in the coffee-urn -- a solemn and srulpturesque urn at any
time, but monumental now -- and sets it down in front of Miss Abigail.
Miss Abigail gazes at the urn as if it held the ashes of her ancestors,
instead of a generous quantity of fine old Java coffee."
Postcard Courtesy of Portsmouth Public Library
The Thomas Bailey Aldrich House Museum
opened in honor of the Portsmouth, NH poet in 1907
and is today part of Strawbery Banke Museum