Мартин Иден

Chapter 5

           Itcametohim,inaflashoffancy,thathernatureseemedtakingontheattributesofstalevegetables,smellysoapsuds,andofthegreasydimes,nickels,andquartersshetookinoverthecounterofthestore. 

           "Goalongan’getyourbreakfast,"shesaidroughly,thoughsecretlypleased. Ofallherwanderingbroodofbrothershehadalwaysbeenherfavorite. "IdeclareIwillkissyou,"shesaid,withasuddenstiratherheart. 

           Withthumbandforefingershesweptthedrippingsudsfirstfromonearmandthenfromtheother. Heputhisarmsroundhermassivewaistandkissedherwetsteamylips. Thetearswelledintohereyesnotsomuchfromstrengthoffeelingasfromtheweaknessofchronicoverwork. Sheshovedhimawayfromher,butnotbeforehecaughtaglimpseofhermoisteyes. 

           "You’llfindbreakfastintheoven,"shesaidhurriedly. "Jimoughttobeupnow. Ihadtogetupearlyforthewashing. Nowgetalongwithyouandgetoutofthehouseearly. Itwon’tbeniceto-day,whatofTomquittin’an’nobodybutBernardtodrivethewagon." 

           Martinwentintothekitchenwithasinkingheart,theimageofherredfaceandslatternlyformeatingitswaylikeacidintohisbrain. Shemightlovehimifsheonlyhadsometime,heconcluded. Butshewasworkedtodeath. BernardHigginbothamwasabrutetoworkhersohard. Buthecouldnothelpbutfeel,ontheotherhand,thattherehadnotbeenanythingbeautifulinthatkiss. Itwastrue,itwasanunusualkiss. Foryearsshehadkissedhimonlywhenhereturnedfromvoyagesordepartedonvoyages. Butthiskisshadtastedsoapsuds,andthelips,hehadnoticed,wereflabby. 

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