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The Lost Wagon

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Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,766 / 297 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,791
Added to site: 2010.12.19
mnybks.net#: 29955
Origin: gutenberg.org
Excerpt

but Joe licked his lips in anticipation as he forced himself to plow one more furrow. It pleased him to work as hard as he could, and sweat as much as he could, before he indulged himself because then the indulgence was appreciated all the more. Swinging back on still another furrow, he halted the mules in their tracks and walked to a leafy sycamore that spread its green branches where the plowed field ended. He pulled a handful of wilting grass aside and revealed a brown stone jug.

For two seconds, wanting to cheat himself of no part of this, he looked at the jug. Its earthen sides were beaded with little globules of water, and as it lay in the sycamore's shade it looked inviting. Joe knelt to pick it up, and the jug was cool to his hand. He pulled the corn cob stopper and held the jug to his lips while he took great gulps of cold water. It was part of the ritual, a measure of things as they must be. A man who had never been sweat-stained from hard labor could not know the true goodness of cold wate

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2013.07.07
bookworm
****.

Good read. I can't help but believe that this story was played out a hundred times over in the young American west, sometimes under more sorrowful circumstances.

2011.07.24
Ali
*****

Loved the story, could've read lots more of it.


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