The Gift - A Moment in Reflection, Autumn, 1920

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Modified 2005-02-26
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Title The Gift - A Moment in Reflection, Autumn, 1920
Description quietly, "but he only needs it once. And if someone strong will bring it back for you, Tobit may not miss it! Who goes to sleep early on the Fourth of July?" She put one cold hand on my cheek. "Yes," I said, halting-ly. "You may use it." "Marvelous! We will come for it tomorrow." She stood up, seemed nearly to collapse, but steadied herself. "Shall we go, Edmund?" she asked, and swept out the door. On the porch she said to Mother, "Please thank him for us, Mrs. Lory." Mother was very angry and sent me to bed early. In the long hours of the summer dusk I dreamed about the slendor and beautiful actress with the icy hands. At first I dreamed she was an ice queen who lived in the north, and then she was a mer-maid who ruled the coldest part of the sea, and finally she was an angel who shivered because she gave her coat away. If I had known life as well then as I do now, I'd have known the actress was dying, and knew she was dying. I may have guessed that she had found peace, and lived her last in tranquility. Or if I had known circumstances then as I do now, I might have known she was finished in good theatres, something of a relic of bygone days. And as for the man, I might have known he was a fraud, an also-ran, pompous because he could be nothing else. But this I know only now, after years of learning and hours of reflection. It was already light when the cannon blasted the town awake at six o'clock. Soon there was a bustle in the yards and the streets as the townsfolk hurried to finish their chores before the parade began at ten. In the festivities, Mother's anger had subsided, and she was looking forward to the day with great anticipation. Elaine had been chosen "Goddess of Liberty" and would ride in the parade. Mother helped her dress in a flowing white gown and put the red and blue banner on her. She helped me dress in crisp white shirt and new trousers-shorts, actually. We all wore them then. I had new shoes, too. That was the sign of wealth that the other children envied most. Before ten o'clock we were at the edge of town where the parade was to begin. Elaine, loving the attention and confusion, -22-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325583
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