Midland; Official Publication of the Midland Chamber of Commerce Volume 5

Midland; Official Publication of the Midland Chamber of Commerce Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... gave Fate a hearty curse, but for the most part got along fairly well with the shadows of things. With the war came my sharpest time of rebellion. I tried two examiners, with the hope of slipping through, but found them both too shrewd for me. So I settled down, reluctantly, to the tamer work that a civilian might undertake. I took Mildred down, one night in the early fall, to see Roger leave. Only a few weeks before, it had been agreed that they were to be married the next spring, and he still said, gaily, that the war would be over by that time, and they could carry out their plans. Mildred kept up bravely while we were in the station. When she waved good-by to Roger, her eyes shone, and her whole face was brilliant with enthusiasm. But on the way home in the cab she collapsed, and sobbed against my arm. I tried to reassure her, but my own heart was heavy. Somehow, in the bustle and excitement of the leavetakings, there had come home to me for the first time the hideousness of this thing with which we were entangled, the wanton waste of training up men like Roger for such a purpose. Sometimes I think I must have had a presentiment of what was to come. At any rate, I felt no surprise when I heard that Roger was dead. It seemed an inevitable, inescapable thing. When I first saw Mildred, she tried to put the same feeling into words. "They say," she said, "that people often can't believe their friends are dead, even when they have seen them. They keep expecting to have them come in, to find out it was all a mistake. I haven't felt that for a moment. I knew right away that it was true, and that it had to be true--that everything was over. The whole world seems so empty, Alix. There's nothing in it but...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236945263
  • 9781236945266