Celeste began straightaway to clean and make order of her new home. Now that the house was bright and cheery, and its contests easy to see, she could open drawers, explore cabinets, shake out linens, polish brass, shine crockery, and sweep floors.
And she did . She made a small broom using feathers from the old mattresses and a rag from a bit of mattress ticking. Soon the floors and walnut staircase glowed. She dusted and polished the chandelier and glass cabinet doors.
An inventory of the dining-room cabinet revealed a lace tablecloth, four china plates with matching cups and saucers, and a china serving platter. In one drawer Celeste found several tiny candles, partially melted from the summer heat in the attic."