Bede's Charity by Hesba Stretton.
When Margery Bede stayed at home to care for her father and brother Stephen, she sacrificed all hope of marriage. Her father died, Stephen went off to Australia, and Margery moved to London where she poured her life into raising Cor, a street boy. Broken-hearted Margery gave her life to others but was left alone and unappreciated. The story's theme is maintaining faith and joy in the midst of disappointment.
A quote from the book: "I cannot be anything but happy," I said, "because I believe the Lord Christ has given me the right and the power to become one of the daughters of the Lord God almighty; and there never was a father, even a king upon his throne, who cares for his children as my heavenly Father cares for me. Could I be anything else but happy and at peace."—Curiosmith (2014).
- Chapter 1 — Bede's Farm
- Chapter 2 — The Last Evening
- Chapter 3 — Solitary Days
- Chapter 4 — Old Farmer Beade
- Chapter 5 — Uprooted
- Chapter 6 — A Stranger In A Strange Place
- Chapter 7 — Watchmaker And Philosopher
- Chapter 8 — St. Paul's Cathedral
- Chapter 9 — Bede's Alms-woman
- Chapter 10 — Cor And Phoebe
- Chapter 11 — The Easter Moon
- Chapter 12 — My Boy Stevie
- Chapter 13 — A Glad Good Friday
- Chapter 14 — Forsaken
- Chapter 15 — The Sting Of Death
- Chapter 16 — A Tea-party In An Alms-house
- Chapter 17 — Dr. Cornelius Bell
- Chapter 18 — Rotten Row
- Chapter 19 — A New Face And A New Trouble
- Chapter 20 — Margery's Welcome Guest
- Chapter 21 — A Very Dark November
- Chapter 22 — Cheap Trips For Christmas
- Chapter 23 — Home Again
- Chapter 24 — Lost Margery
- Chapter 25 — Nowhere To Lay Her Head
- Chapter 26 — In The Refuge
- Chapter 27 — In My Brother's House
- Chapter 28 — Two Weddings
- Chapter 29 — God Bless Cor And Phoebe
- Old Farmer Beade — the farmer father.
- Margery Beade — Maggie, the daughter and main character.
- Stephen Beade (Bede) — went to Australia to seek his fortune.
- Uncle Simister — had a watchmaker shop in London.
- Cor — (Cornelius Bell) the street boy who is mentored and tutored.
- Doctor Clark — a friendly doctor who helps Cor and Margery.
- Phoebe — the niece of Mrs. Moss.
- Mrs. Moss — the aunt of Mr. Moss, who lived in an alms house in Westminster.
- Mr. Moss — a journeyman who took over Uncle Simister's shop.