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D'ye know what that boy'd do, if he was here in Tampico and I was fifty miles up the Panuco?
I don't think I connected what the other boy'd been saying with my father's predicament until much later.
They'd reach the place where the boy'd been tortured, and the Reds were gone, not a trace of a track in the wood, and then there'd come another scream.
He was a two-faced granddad, and they'd not reconciled, damn it, he'd been unable to let love outrun despising, at least enough so the boy'd know it.
After all the other accidents that happened to the kid when that drunk of a husband was around -- Rick Alonzo, what a deadbeat -- I guess the social worker thought the boy'd be better off in a foster home.
The boy'd been so quick that I was gapin 'at him like a rube who'd just seen the finale of the Dance of the Fifteen Veils.
He'd take care of the boy because he ought to, because he felt a bounden duty, but the boy'd never know the difference, it'd feel like love to him, and it'd be a lot more dependable than love ever was.
In the meantime the boy'd make a name for this place as the best farriery in eastern Hio.
He'd bear down the frames, and each boy'd doff half a frame a piece.
Oral History Interview with Jessie Lee Carter, May 5, 1980. Interview H-0237. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)
"Ef you'd do a few things yourself when they'd oughter be done, p'r'aps the boy'd take example of ye," said Mrs. Day, bitterly.
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