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“The dusk crept out across the fields wiping out the day's light.”
“... she was a natural-born cook. ... people gnawed their fingers and bit their tongues just to smell the steam when she lifted the pot lids.”
“Some women don't care how their quilts look. They piece the squares together any sort of way, but she couldn't stand careless sewing. She wanted her quilts, and Joy's, made right. Quilts stay a long time after people are gone from this world, and witness about them for good or bad. She wanted people to see, when she was gone, that she'd never been a shiftless or don't-care woman.”
“People and dogs and cows are born to be what they are. They may cover it up for a long time, but it will come out sooner or later.”
“... a windy March is lucky. Every pint of March dust brings a peck of September corn, and a pound of October cotton.”
“I know how much your promises mean. Promisin' talk don' cook rice.”
“Last night she got so vexed she wouldn't talk to him at all. She just swelled up like a toad-fish and sat and looked at the fire without cracking her teeth.”
“A bed or a chair will trick you if you stay still on them long at a time. They will draw out your strength and leave you weak as water.”
“The sun, God's own great shadow, stood straight overhead, casting down spots of warm light on her.”
Julia Peterkin, U.S. writer
(1880 - 1961)
Full name: Julia Mood Peterkin.