en-es  The Story of Abraham Lincoln: by James Baldwin, Part 3
La nueva madre.

La casa de troncos, que Abraham Lincoln llamaba su hogar, estaba ahora más desolada y sombría que antes. La luz de la presencia de su madre se había ido para siempre.

Su hermana Sarah, de doce años de edad, era el ama de casa y cocinera. Su padre aún no había encontrado tiempo para poner un suelo en la casa y para colocar una puerta. Había grandes grietas entre los troncos, a través de las cuales se filtraban el viento y la lluvia en los días tempestuosos. No había muchas comodidades en una casa así.

Pero el chico nunca estaba ocioso. En los largos días de invierno, cuando no había trabajo que hacer, pasaba el tiempo leyendo o tratando de mejorar su escritura.

Había muy pocos libros en las cabañas de esos asentamientos remotos. Pero si Abraham Lincoln oía de uno, no podía descansar hasta que lo había tomado prestado y leído.

Pasó otro verano y después otro invierno. Entonces, un día, Mr. Lincoln se fue de visita a Kentucky, dejando a sus dos hijos y a su primo, Dennis Hanks, en el hogar al cuidado de la casa y la granja.

No sé cuánto tiempo se quedó fuera, pero no pudieron ser muchas semanas. Una tarde los niños se sorprendieron al ver un carro de cuatro caballos acercarse a la puerta.

Su padre estaba en el carro; y a su lado estaba una mujer de cara amable; y, sentados en la paja al fondo del carro, había tres niños bien vestidos, dos niñas y un niño.

Y había algunas cosas muy buenas también en el carro. Había seis sillas de rejilla, una cómoda con cajones, un baúl de madera y una cama de plumas. Todas estas cosas eran maravillosas para el muchacho y la muchacha que nunca habían conocido el uso de tales lujos.

"Abraham y Sarah", dijo el Sr. Lincoln, mientras saltaba de la carreta, "os he traido una nueva madre y un nuevo hermano y dos nuevas hermanas".

La nueva madre los saludó muy amablemente y, sin duda, los miró con tierna compasión. Estaban descalzos; su escasa vestimenta era poco más que harapos hechos trizas; no se parecían mucho a sus propios y afortunados hijos, a quienes ella había cuidado tan bien.

Y entonces no pasó mucho tiempo hasta que se realizó un gran cambio en la casa de Lincoln. Se puso el suelo, se colocó una puerta, se hizo una ventana, las rendijas entre los troncos se embadurnaron con arcilla.

Se amuebló la casa con un estilo elegante, con las sillas, la cómoda y la cama de plumas. La cariñosa nueva madre trajo luz y esperanza al lugar que una vez había sido tan triste.

Con el muchacho Dennis Hanks, había ahora seis niños en la familia. Pero a todos los trataban con la misma amabilidad; todos tenían el mismo cuidado maternal. A así, en medio de tanto trabajo duro, había muchos días agradables para todos ellos.
unit 1
The new Mother.
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unit 2
The log house, which Abraham Lincoln called his home, was now more lonely and cheerless than before.
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The sunlight of his mother's presence had gone out of it forever.
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His sister Sarah, twelve years old, was the housekeeper and cook.
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His father had not yet found time to lay a floor in the house, or to hang a door.
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There was not much comfort in such a house.
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But the lad was never idle.
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There were very few books in the cabins of that backwoods settlement.
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But if Abraham Lincoln heard of one, he could not rest till he had borrowed it and read it.
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Another summer passed, and then another winter.
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I do not know how long he stayed away, but it could not have been many weeks.
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One evening, the children were surprised to see a four-horse wagon draw up before the door.
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And there were some grand things in the wagon, too.
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There were six split-bottomed chairs, a bureau with drawers, a wooden chest, and a feather bed.
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The new mother greeted them very kindly, and, no doubt, looked with gentle pity upon them.
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And now it was not long until a great change was made in the Lincoln home.
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The house was furnished in fine style, with the chairs and the bureau and the feather bed.
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The kind, new mother brought sunshine and hope into the place that had once been so cheerless.
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With the young lad, Dennis Hanks, there were now six children in the family.
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But all were treated with the same kindness; all had the same motherly care.
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And so, in the midst of much hard work, there were many pleasant days for them all.
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The new Mother.

The log house, which Abraham Lincoln called his home, was now more lonely and cheerless than before. The sunlight of his mother's presence had gone out of it forever.

His sister Sarah, twelve years old, was the housekeeper and cook. His father had not yet found time to lay a floor in the house, or to hang a door. There were great crevices between the logs, through which the wind and the rain drifted on every stormy day. There was not much comfort in such a house.

But the lad was never idle. In the long winter days, when there was no work to be done, he spent the time in reading or in trying to improve his writing.

There were very few books in the cabins of that backwoods settlement. But if Abraham Lincoln heard of one, he could not rest till he had borrowed it and read it.

Another summer passed, and then another winter. Then, one day, Mr. Lincoln went on a visit to Kentucky, leaving his two children and their cousin, Dennis Hanks, at home to care for the house and the farm.

I do not know how long he stayed away, but it could not have been many weeks. One evening, the children were surprised to see a four-horse wagon draw up before the door.

Their father was in the wagon; and by his side was a kind-faced woman; and, sitting on the straw at the bottom of the wagon-bed, there were three well-dressed children—two girls and a boy.

And there were some grand things in the wagon, too. There were six split-bottomed chairs, a bureau with drawers, a wooden chest, and a feather bed. All these things were very wonderful to the lad and lassie who had never known the use of such luxuries.

"Abraham and Sarah," said Mr. Lincoln, as he leaped from the wagon, "I have brought you a new mother and a new brother and two new sisters."

The new mother greeted them very kindly, and, no doubt, looked with gentle pity upon them. They were barefooted; their scant clothing was little more than rags and tatters; they did not look much like her own happy children, whom she had cared for so well.

And now it was not long until a great change was made in the Lincoln home. A floor was laid, a door was hung, a window was made, the crevices between the logs were daubed with clay.

The house was furnished in fine style, with the chairs and the bureau and the feather bed. The kind, new mother brought sunshine and hope into the place that had once been so cheerless.

With the young lad, Dennis Hanks, there were now six children in the family. But all were treated with the same kindness; all had the same motherly care. And so, in the midst of much hard work, there were many pleasant days for them all.