Annie Quinn in America by Mical Schneider

By Mical Schneider

To flee the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, twelve-year-old Annie and her brother to migrate to manhattan urban the place they subscribe to their older sister as servants, making money to carry the remainder of their kinfolk to the US, the place they detect that either nutrition and hardships abound.

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Maureen Gateley, 251 Pearl Street. ” Thomas asked and pointed out the window on his side. “The banners. ” Bridget leaned over his shoulder. “Barnum’s American Museum of Wonders,” she read slowly, sound­ ing out each word for him. “Barnum’s American Museum. It’s a building full of amazing things. You’d never believe what Mr. ” She pointed to another building. “And that’s Stewart’s 53 Marble Palace. ” Bridget drew Annie close and touched her hand. “And so. Now you’re a great fiddler? ” No, I didn’t, Annie thought.

He spoke faster now, almost in a singsong, “It would be Mrs. Gateley’s boardinghouse for you. A love­ ly woman she is, and it’s a fine place. ” With a flourish, he pulled a soiled card out of his vest pocket and thrust it forward. Despite herself, Annie took it and read: Mrs. Maureen Gateley Rooms for Rent 251 Pearl Street Finnbarr O’Halloran, agent 44 She shook her head, “We’ll not be wanting rooms, thank you. ” Finnbarr O’Halloran stepped forward, beer and pickled onions on his breath. “And it’s Mrs.

Mention the shillings to anyone, and I’ll have you hauled before the captain. ” He leaned close, his sweaty, whiskey smell making her dizzy, and smacked a wet kiss on her cheek. Furious, Annie rubbed the back of her hand on her cheek until her face burned. She wanted to fling the water at the cook or throw it overboard. Instead she hur­ ried belowdeck and groped her way back to her bunk. William was wrapping Thomas in Ellen’s extra shawls. “I’m sorry,” Annie whispered, both guilty and relieved that William was awake.

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