Hetty Green died in 1916, worth some $100 million (about $2.5 billion today).
Edward served on the board of a bank; Hetty invested in U.S. government bonds and railroads.
That dichotomy is intriguing for people: that confidence that Hetty has in herself and in her beloved agents.
She was born Hetty Robinson into a wealthy New Bedford, Mass., clan whose tensions undoubtedly shaped her quirky character.
Mrs. Sharp was slow to perceive this, but Hetty had suspected it for days past, and to-night had become fully convinced.
But the loss of her mother was to Hetty a trivial one, in comparison with the loss of her father.
As a rule he was a stertorous breather, and when first they were married Hetty could scarcely sleep with his snoring.
"Yes," said Hetty, walking back and forth in the little room, rapidly.
That evening Hetty made a tremendous effort and wrote a letter to Mrs. Enderby.
"I don't think so at all, Mr. Little," said Hetty, vehemently.
Old English grene "green, young, immature, raw," earlier groeni, from West Germanic *gronja- (cf. Old Saxon grani, Old Frisian grene, Old Norse grænn, Danish grøn, Dutch groen, Old High German gruoni, German grün), from PIE root *ghre- "grow" (see grass), through sense of "color of living plants."
Meaning "a field, grassy place" was in Old English. Sense of "of tender age, youthful" is from early 15c.; hence "gullible" (c.1600). The color of jealousy at least since Shakespeare (1596); "Greensleeves," ballad of an inconstant lady-love, is from 1570s. Green light in figurative sense of "permission" is from 1937. Green and red as signals on railways first attested 1883, as nighttime substitutes for semaphore flags. Green beret originally "British commando" is from 1949. Green room "room for actors when not on stage" is from 1701; presumably a well-known one was painted green.
Old English grenian (see green (n.,adj.)). Related: Greened; greening.