eldress Abby bowed, but she looked weak and stricken and old.
"It's getting late, eldress," one of them said, and glanced at the clock.
She then went through the action of handing the articles to the eldress, at the same time mentioning what they were, and for whom.
"eldress asked me to bring your mail down to you, Brother Lewis," she said.
In January, when the eldress fell ill, Athalia was especially useful.
Oh, eldress Abby, they've come back to me all day, those words.
The voice of eldress Abby pursued Hetty in her flight like the voice in a dream.
Athalia listened breathlessly, her rapt, unhumorous eyes fixed on eldress Hannah's still face.
"Athalia's capable," eldress Hannah said, and the other sisters said "Yee," and smiled at one another.
It took Athalia a perceptible minute to get herself in hand sufficiently to say, meekly, "Yee, eldress."