Fiction? / Non-fiction?
Published in Six Common Things, 1893
(First read 06/06/2014)
EFB meditates on autumn, death, and love. On a particular day not only does summer come to a sudden end but the young child of a faithful old servant dies and, as if this weren't already autumnal enough, the child's faithful old dog dies with her. A bittersweet, melancholy little tale, which narrowly avoids being mawkish. (How much of it is true is an entirely other matter.) You can read it online here.