Chapter 43

           "TheShameoftheSun"waspublishedinOctober. AsMartincutthecordsoftheexpresspackageandthehalf-dozencomplimentarycopiesfromthepublishersspilledoutonthetable,aheavysadnessfelluponhim. Hethoughtofthewilddelightthatwouldhavebeenhishadthishappenedafewshortmonthsbefore,andhecontrastedthatdelightthatshouldhavebeenwithhispresentuncaringcoldness. Hisbook,hisfirstbook,andhispulsehadnotgoneupafractionofabeat,andhewasonlysad. Itmeantlittletohimnow. Themostitmeantwasthatitmightbringsomemoney,andlittleenoughdidhecareformoney. 

           HecarriedacopyoutintothekitchenandpresentedittoMaria. 

           "Ididit,"heexplained,inordertoclearupherbewilderment. "Iwroteitintheroomthere,andIguesssomefewquartsofyourvegetablesoupwentintothemakingofit. Keepit. It’syours. Justtoremembermeby,youknow." 

           Hewasnotbragging,notshowingoff. Hissolemotivewastomakeherhappy,tomakeherproudofhim,tojustifyherlongfaithinhim. SheputthebookinthefrontroomontopofthefamilyBible. Asacredthingwasthisbookherlodgerhadmade,afetichoffriendship. Itsoftenedtheblowofhishavingbeenalaundryman,andthoughshecouldnotunderstandalineofit,sheknewthateverylineofitwasgreat. Shewasasimple,practical,hard-workingwoman,butshepossessedfaithinlargeendowment. 

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