Pisces parenthesis

Leslie Cabrera yjjcl at dbsa.co.za
Thu Apr 6 02:02:05 PDT 2000


With Lunds matters were going from bad to worse .
In vain Niels searched for something to say. Somebody called for Nelson, somebody else, for the bride.
A feeling of utter uselessness invaded Niels; and he resented it.
A sense of oppression was weighing on him .
But a line of lightshowed where the door led to the other room. Niels camped on his claim, cutting willows for fence-posts andstaking off his land. There he sat, shading his eyes; anda singularly insincere smile played about his decaying teeth. The house looked very different as compared with a few years ago. Better hold on to what youll have tospare. Between him and the girl an abyss seemed to yawn which nothingcould bridge . But if he had children,they would be rooted here.
Out of clear, critical,light-blue eyes she looked. His dreams hadreceded as their realisation approached.
Then, as he drove over the virgin snow, he began, as usual, toargue with himself. But if he had children,they would be rooted here. But he found that his help was not needed. Then he thought of going for the grain which was his, as his shareof Nelsons crop .
His eyes fell on the girl; he saw her again as he had seen her twoand a half years ago.
Three miles from the bridge you will findme.
Her eyes looked intohimself, knowingly, reproachfully.
West and north of his claim there was sand.
She, too, had one day been full oflove, full of hope, full of happy anticipations.
Out of clear, critical,light-blue eyes she looked.
It would have been rude not to obey the summons. You never got the drill after all, Niels shouted at last. Then she bowled him over as if hewere a child.
Hello, Lindstedt, he sang out and shook him by the hand. A feeling of utter uselessness invaded Niels; and he resented it. 
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