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A Ram in the Thicket

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6wh2n45
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title A Ram in the Thicket
Description he thrust the knife forcefully in and out of the bark, over and over, cursing in unintelligible voids, like a spoiled, child having a tantrum. Isaac stood back, astonished, while Hannah, who could remain in the cabin no longer, mortified at the display of insanity, burst through the door. She hurried to the side of her husband and grasped his arm while Walker continued to knife the tree ferociously. Isaac spoke apprehensively to his terrified wife, in low tones, so that the chief would not hear. "Hannah, it is better that we give the boy to the chief, as difficult as it may be to understand, " Hannah's face grew pale. She said nothing. "If we do not, we will all be killed, including the boy. Is it not better that one child die than the whole settlement be destroyed? " Hannah looked at Isaac, her eyes momentarily beseeching him, but she knew he was right. She knew what she must do. Slowly she turned and walked toward the cabin, her seeming calmness concealing the devastation within. She passed through the door and proceeded to the cradle where the child lay. She gently lifted Simeon, and held him tightly against her breast, relieved that the tears had finally come. One rolled down her cheek and lit upon his forehead as she stroked his velvet skin. Be smiled unknowingly and gooed responsively to his mother's touch. She searched her mind for an answer. "Could there not be a ram in the thicket?" Hannah questioned as she carried the baby through the cabin door. Walker had replaced the knife in its sheath and returned to his mount. Although his face was seemingly indifferent, Hannah knew she detected a satisfied smirk as she walked toward the heathen, Isaac looking on. She said nothing as he stooped and took the bundle from her, his dark arms encircling the baby like a colling snake. She turned immediately from his stare and walked to her husband with remarkable composure. It was not until the chief had reined his horse one handedly and headed toward his village that she reached Isaac. She fainted limply into his arms. Benumbed, Isaac lifted Hannah into his arms and walked to the cabin. The sun had slipped completely behind the -7-
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Identifier 021_A Ram in the Thicket.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325353
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325353