Chapter 19

           Ruthandherfamilywerehomeagain,andMartin,returnedtoOakland,sawmuchofher. Havinggainedherdegree,shewasdoingnomorestudying; andhe,havingworkedallvitalityoutofhismindandbody,wasdoingnowriting. Thisgavethemtimeforeachotherthattheyhadneverhadbefore,andtheirintimacyripenedfast. 

           Atfirst,Martinhaddonenothingbutrest. Hehadsleptagreatdeal,andspentlonghoursmusingandthinkinganddoingnothing. Hewaslikeonerecoveringfromsometerribleboutofhardship. Thefirstsignsofreawakeningcamewhenhediscoveredmorethanlanguidinterestinthedailypaper. Thenhebegantoreadagainlightnovels,andpoetry; andafterseveraldaysmorehewasheadoverheelsinhislong-neglectedFiske. Hissplendidbodyandhealthmadenewvitality,andhepossessedalltheresiliencyandreboundofyouth. 

           Ruthshowedherdisappointmentplainlywhenheannouncedthathewasgoingtoseaforanothervoyageassoonashewaswellrested. 

           "Whydoyouwanttodothat?"sheasked. 

           "Money,"wastheanswer. "I’llhavetolayinasupplyformynextattackontheeditors. Moneyisthesinewsofwar,inmycasemoneyandpatience." 

           "Butifallyouwantedwasmoney,whydidn’tyoustayinthelaundry?" 

           "Becausethelaundrywasmakingabeastofme. Toomuchworkofthatsortdrivestodrink." 

           Shestaredathimwithhorrorinhereyes. 

           "Doyoumean?"shequavered. Itwouldhavebeeneasyforhimtogetoutofit; buthisnaturalimpulsewasforfrankness,andherememberedhisoldresolvetobefrank,nomatterwhathappened. 

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