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The Prairie Mother

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Author: Arthur Stringer
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 77,989 / 222 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.5
LoC Category: PS
Series: Prairie Stories
Downloads: 733
Added to site: 2008.07.09 21470

Troubles never come singly and the loss of the ranch comes with matrimonial difficulties which threaten a separation and are only solved by much fortitude and patience on the part of the wife who is now the mother of three. "How does a mere man know and exploit with such truth and delicacy the innermost mind and spirit of a woman?"--New York World

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back here at Casa Grande I could see that they were right. In the first place the trip was tiring, too tiring to rehearse in detail. Then a vague feeling of neglect and desolation took possession of me, for I missed the cool-handed efficiency of that ever-dependable "special." I almost surrendered to funk, in fact, when both Poppsy and Pee-Wee started up a steady duet of crying. I sat down and began to sniffle myself, but my sense of humor, thank the Lord, came back and saved the day. There was something so utterly ridiculous in that briny circle, soon augmented and completed by the addition of Dinkie, who apparently felt as lonely and overlooked as did his spineless and sniffling mother.

So I had to tighten the girths of my soul. I took a fresh grip on myself and said: "Look here, Tabbie, this is never going to do. This is not the way Horatius held the bridge. This is not the spirit that built Rome. So, up, Guards, and at 'em! Excelsior! Audaces fortuna juvat!"

So I mopped my eyes, an



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