en-fr  The Story of Abraham Lincoln: by James Baldwin, Part 3 Easy
La nouvelle mère.

La cabane en rondins, qu'Abraham Lincoln appelait sa maison, était maintenant plus solitaire et plus triste qu'avant. La présence chaleureuse de sa mère avait disparu pour toujours.

Sa sœur Sarah, douze ans désormais, faisait le ménage et la cuisine. Son père n'avait pas encore trouvé le temps de poser un plancher dans la maison, ni de fixer une porte. Il y avait de grandes crevasses entre les rondins, à travers lesquelles le vent et la pluie s'infiltraient les jours d'orage. Il n'y avait pas beaucoup de confort dans une telle maison.

Mais le garçon n'était jamais oisif. Pendant les longs jours d'hiver, quand il n'y avait pas de travail à faire, il passait son temps à lire ou à essayer d'améliorer son écriture.

Il y avait très peu de livres dans les cabanes de cette colonie perdue au fond des bois. Mais si Abraham Lincoln entendait dire qu'il y en avait un, il n'avait pas de repos tant qu'il ne l'avait pas emprunté et lu.

Un autre été passa et puis un autre hiver. Puis un jour, M. Lincoln se rendit en visite dans le Kentucky, laissant ses deux enfants et leur cousin Dennis Hanks à la maison pour s'occuper de la maison et de la ferme.

Je ne sais pas combien de temps il fut parti, mais probablement pas plusieurs semaines. Un soir, les enfants furent surpris de voir un chariot tiré par quatre chevaux arrêté devant l'entrée.

Leur père était dans le chariot, à ses côtés se tenait une femme au visage doux, et, assis sur un matelas de paille au fond du chariot, il y avait trois enfants bien habillés : deux filles et un garçon.

Et il y avait également de magnifiques objets dans le chariot. Il y avait six chaises avec une assise en tissu, un bureau avec des tiroirs, un coffre en bois et un lit avec un matelas en plume. Toutes ces choses parurent absolument merveilleuses au garçon et la fillette qui ne s'étaient jamais servis de tels objets de luxe.

— Abraham et Sarah, dit M. Lincoln, comme il sautait du chariot, je vous ai amené une nouvelle mère, un nouveau frère et deux nouvelles sœurs.

La nouvelle mère les a accueillis chaleureusement, et sans aucun doute, les regardait avec pitié. Ils étaient pieds nus, leurs maigres vêtements n'étaient guère que des loques et des lambeaux et ils ne ressemblaient pas beaucoup à ses propres enfants épanouis, dont elle s'était si bien occupée.

À dater de ce jour, il ne fallut pas longtemps pour qu'un grand changement s'opère chez les Lincoln. Un plancher fut posé, une porte accrochée, une fenêtre faite, les crevasses entre les bûches enduites d'argile.

La maison fut meublée avec goût, grâce aux chaises, au bureau et au lit de plume. Cette gentille, nouvelle mère amena du soleil et de l'espoir dans l'endroit qui était si triste autrefois.

Avec le jeune gars, Dennis Hanks, il y avait maintenant six enfants dans la famille. Mais tous furent traités avec la même gentillesse; tous eurent les mêmes soins maternels. Et alors, en train de beaucoup de travail très dur, il y a eu beaucoup de jours agréables pour tous.
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The new Mother.
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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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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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And there were some grand things in the wagon, too.
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And now it was not long until a great change was made in the Lincoln home.
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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.