Villager Volume 4

Villager Volume 4

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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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... they reached the hills. No other Americano knows about this but you, and it is not to be told. It is an uneasy secret, and you look fearfully down the trees at the approaching toreador. You wonder how badly the man was hurt, that Papa Madera had to fly with his family by night. Mama Madera's gay laughter takes on an ominous ring, and you promise yourself to be very polite and careful to these new acquaintances so that they will not be moved to "have anger" against you. Yet when Papa Madera comes up a moment later to gather up your boxes and hands you a luscious seedling peach he has gleaned along the way, your fear of him melts like a mist. There is no cruelty in that open face; and though capacity for sudden passion may sleep behind the heavy-lidded eyes, they reflect at this moment only a reassuring friendliness. As the afternoon draws on a golden beauty steals over the valley and you have wonderful views from the top of the ladder. The airplane sailing overhead on its way to patrol the mountain forests cannot have any larger sense of space than you. You can see the cottonwoods of your own ranch twinkling above a cut in the low hills to the east. Northward a peach orchard runs up a distant slope, golden against the skyline. Only yesterday the owner of that orchard died. He was a dour man, so crossgrained that even his wife was driven from him; yet he loved his trees, and longed passionately to live until he should see the harvest from his orchard on the hill. A sharp pity for the man fills you as you think of him, and you have a sudden sense of what the silence must be in those orchard aisles where the ripe fruit falls untended. You venture to hope that the man has found some larger fruition in that world to which...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236785657
  • 9781236785657