Windy Creek by Helen Stuart ThompsonWindy Creek by Helen Stuart Thompson

Windy Creek

byHelen Stuart Thompson

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... SPENDING THE DAY Confusion reigned among the elements in the days that followed the immersion at Bittern's sheep-pond. Rising in the middle of the morning, with a frolic among the tumble-weeds and now and then a puff of sand in the eyes; gathering in fury as the day advanced, obscuring with a smoke-gray haze mountains and sky, and thickening the air with a fine brown dust; falling at dark to leave a ghostly stillness in its wake; in violent gusts in the night-time often renewing its spent forces: so, every day and all day long, blew the wind on Windy Creek. Monotony wrapped the plains: always the same blurring of roads and fences, horizon and mountains, always the dim figures of patient cattle standing motionless, their backs to the wind. One who has for many days at a time witnessed such a sullying of the landscape, felt the rocking of the frail structure that shelters him, listened to the wild shrieking of the wind around the corner, its demoniac wailing down the stove-pipe, and its dismal moaning within the building paper, can imagine nothing drearier:--it is then that the mind reverts to the old geography at school, and dwells upon the lesson of that waste-land known as the Great American Desert. A morning of quiet came at last, and Ruth and Hermia Wood crossed the fields to Rose Rooney's to spend the day. The naked spots between the grass tufts were swept clean of every grain of sand as though by a ruthless broom. Brushed by their skirts, the dried flower-heads and weeds and blades of grass shook off little showers of dust. But the air was fresh and cool, and a great silence had fallen over the plains. Pete Rooney's house, a three-roomed cottage painted lead-color and garnished with a front piazza and a brick chimney, was more pretentious than any othe...
Title:Windy CreekFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217143717

ISBN - 13:9780217143714