The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Tattine by Ruth Ogden [Mrs. Charles W. Ide]:|
"Patrick Kirk says they started home by the ford in time to reach here an hour
before the storm," gasped Patrick, "but we came back by the ford ourselves and
not a sign have we seen of them, till Barney ran out of the woods ahead of us
five minutes ago."
And then a dreadful thought flashed through her mind. Could it be possible
they had been drowned in the ford? But that moment her eyes saw something that
made her heart leap for joy, something that looked drowned enough, but wasn't.
Rudolph was running up the hill as fast as his soaking clothing would let him,
and, reaching the door breathless enough, he sank down on the floor of the
"Oh, Mrs. Gerald," he said, as soon as he could catch his breath, "Mabel