Winter 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1997 |

A Friend of Mine

During the three weeks they had been in the tobacco cutting so far, Elton Penn had accumulated several errands that he had put off almost too long. And so on Friday morning, instead of going to the Rowanberry place where the crew was now at work, he drove first to Port William and then to Hargrave. His several duties in those places needed to be done, but in doing them he was dogged by the guilty knowledge that he was glad to have them to do. He was tired. He was forty-seven years old that summer—this was almost thirty years ago—and he was beginning to know what the older men meant when they told the young ones, "You don't know what tired is." Elton did not rest as well at night now as he once did, and he had got so, in the times of hardest work, he was always sore in the mornings. And so it was pleasant to see to his brief business at the bank in Port William and purchase a hundred pounds of stock salt at Jasper Lathrop's store, and then to drive down the river road to the

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