By Carrie Bender
Miriam treaures the guarantees of religion and learns the facility of phrases to wound and to heal during this fourth novel within the Miriam's magazine sequence.
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Page 32 August 4 The children are counting the days until Teacher Franie comes to board with us. I too am counting the days I have left before she comes, but for a slightly different reason. It's not that I don't look forward to her coming, but somehow I think life is more relaxing when it's just our family. No doubt she'll fit right in and soon will seem like one of us. Today I thought up another manly compliment for Nate. He was throwing huge forkfuls of manure onto the spreader. As I passed with a bucket of slop for the pigs, I called, "Wow, your muscles really bulge when you do that.
The afternoons these days are too oppressively warm to venture outside, so I'll wait for cooler evening air to do my outside work. This afternoon I'll sit at the sewing machine, if the pesky Micke (flies) don't bother me too much. I've heard say that in the cities there aren't many flies, and people can open windows without putting in screens. That's hard to believeso different from here on the farm. Yesterday I read a few snatches again in Wonderful Wife and learned that women are supposed to wear frilly, light- Page 28 colored dresses to show the feminine contrast to men's coarse dark-colored clothes.
The fourth day I was very hungry, but not for cottage cheese and cantaloupe! I barely survived the fifth and sixth day. Then last evening the hunger pangs hit me in earnest. I wanted what I couldn't have, and I felt deprived and irritable. I felt peeved at Gloria for coercing me into the diet, and peeved at myself for falling for it. After the chores were finished, two carriages drove in the lane. What a suprise! Priscilla, Henry, and Miriam Joy breezed into the kitchen, carrying pizzas, ready to bake, and Barbianne and Rudy brought a freezer full of hand-cranked, homemade ice cream.