Words are not just used to tell stories. They have stories of their own. Ergo, they have histories. There is even a word for the study of word history; it's called etymology: the study of word origins.
The auctioneer continued his cry for bids and Louis was at last sold for eight hundred dollars. By this time we had taken in the situation, and it seemed as though my mother's heart would break. Such despair I hope I may never again witness. We children knew something terrible was being done, but were not old enough to fully understand.