"The Lonely Maid" Essay

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Miss Emma was never thought of as being crazy. She just had one bad characteristic-she was the jealous type; especially when it came to Mr. Richard Scheuster. But jealousy combined with undying, unrequited love can be a bad combination.She had been in love with Mr. Scheuster since they were little kids. Emma’s mother was the maid for the Scheuster family for as long as Emma could remember and because of that, their home had always seemed like hers. So when Emma’s mother passed a few years back, she took her mom’s place as the maid in the Scheuster household. With Richard being the only member of the Scheuster family left, except for his bedridden father, Emma saw a lot of him. As soon as she started working as Mr. Scheuster’s maid she started falling even more in love with him each day. So one night when he came back from a dinner party with a girl hanging off his arm, her heart sank a little. She soon started seeing a pattern though. After every party he attended he always came home with a new girl. Richard is handsome, wealthy, and a bachelor, making most of the women around here bend over backwards just to get his attention, but he never seemed to be particularly fond of any of them. Emma eventually got to where she did not even notice the steady stream of new women anymore; she knew it was never serious. However, when he came home one night with his hair ruffled, tie askew, face flushed, and smelling faintly of lavender but no girl on his arm, she knew something was up.Emma knew she was just the maid but she always kept the dream alive in the back of her mind. Soon she started to even think that maybe Richard had realized that she was the woman for him. After all, since that night when he did not bring a girl home with him, he had started to seem happier and was staying home and spending more time with her. But he also started to spend long periods of time locked in his study. After many weeks of this, Emma decided to ask what he was up to in there. All that he offered as a response was that he was speaking on the telephone. Thinking it must be a family matter (Richard’s father had been sick for a long time and had been on the verge of passing away for awhile) Emma decided not to push the subject. Still, everyday he seemed to be happier and spent more and more time with her, so she kept thinking that maybe he was realizing how perfect they were for each other. Her heart nearly leapt out of her chest the day Richard came downstairs to tell her they were going out.“We’re going out today! Pack a big lunch in a basket and get a blanket,” he said excitedly.‘Where are we going?” Emma asked with even more excitement.‘On a picnic, on the beach!” Richard was so excited that he could not even seem to tie his bowtie, which he had been trying to tie since he came running down the stairs.Emma quickly packed a spinach salad, two sandwiches, and an old bottle of wine she pulled out of the cellar....

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