“«O mother, my mother!» cried the agonized girl, turning passionately upon her parent as if her poor heart would break. «How could I be expected to know? I was a child when I left this house four months ago. Why didn't you tell me there was danger in men-folk? Why didn't you warn me? Ladies know what to fend hands against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance o' learning in that way, and you did not help me!»
Her mother was subdued.
«I thought if I spoke of his fond feelings and what they might lead to, you would be hontish wi' him and lose your chance,» she murmured, wiping her eyes with her apron.”