This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...say to the little man with the drooping gray moustache, "he ain't eatin' nothin'." And then, perhaps: "Was that farmer woman real kind, honest?" And Hargraves always answered: "She was awful kind." Charlie, the little, thin man with the gray moustache, ate nothing, but he drank a great deal of the very poor coffee, and called his wife "old woman" often, which mode of address Hargraves understood to reveal tenderness. There was much talk about the small Elizabeth, and many of her baby sayings were repeated. When these came, Hargraves saw a little girl of fourteen or so, smiling horribly at the rough roof of that evil freight car, her neck banded by a line of blood. Then he would set his teeth, grow rather sick, and Elsie would lean forward and say, her voice shaking--it had not stopped shaking since he came--"You ain't eatin' nothing! Won't you eat an egg? I'd be that glad to fry it!" He spent the afternoon listening to more stories about the small Elizabeth. At five he went toward State Street and got his very few belongings. Before he went to get them, he thought of Coke, of his old-time scorn for Mae, and of what those good people would think of him if they knew all that he had been and had done. He spoke awkwardly. He was so much ashamed of the period through which he had just gone that he could hardly even vaguely mention it. He stared at the highly polished stove and spoke. "Maybe," he said, "you wouldn't want me here, if you knew me." Then he had coughed. His voice had been rough. "I--I've been real tough," he added. Elsie, usually the most stern and cruel of disciplinarians, Elsie, who cut half of the tenements' neighbours because of rumours about their...
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