Read online or download a free book: Still Jim
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (22 Aug. 2012)
By: Honor Morrow (Author)
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Excerpt: ...belongs to the desert country. Penelope helped Jane to put the dinner on the table and the three sat down to eat. The two were eager to hear details of Iron Skull's death, and after Pen had described it to them, Oscar began to talk about Sara. 'How long's your husband been bedridden?' he asked. 'Oscar!' exclaimed Jane. 'Jane, you keep quiet. What's the use of being secret about it? I guess both him and her know he's bedridden.' Pen told them the story of the accident. 'Isn't that fierce!' exclaimed Oscar. 'He's the smartest young fellow I've met in years. I wish even now he was running the dam instead of Manning.' 'Why?' asked Penelope. 189 'He'd build it for the farmer and have some business sense about it.' 'You don't understand Mr. Manning,' said Pen. 'I wish you'd try to get to know him better.' Oscar grunted. 'Does the doctors think your husband will get well?' he asked, finishing off his pie. 'Oscar!' cried Jane. 'Jane, you keep quiet. These are business questions. If Sardox and I are going to run this dam, we got to understand each other's limitations. I can't ask him if he's going to die.' 'We just don't know anything about it,' said Pen, gently. 'Mr. Ames, I'm curious to know just how you and Sara are going to run the dam.' Oscar closed his mouth importantly to open it again and say, 'I never talk business with ladies.' Jane laughed suddenly. 'Gracious, Oscar! I'm not worrying but what I'll get all the details. He's the original human sieve, Mrs. Penelope.' Oscar joined in Pen's laugh and started for the door, shaking his head and picking his teeth. Pen looked after him uneasily. That afternoon Pen and Jane went with Bill and Oscar for an automobile ride over the desert. The two women sat in the tonneau, Oscar in front with Bill. The desert road was rough, full of bowlders and ruts. But neither Oscar nor Bill was hampered by roads. Whenever some distant spot roused their curiosity, the machine left the road and plunged madly across the...
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