"He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of it's frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface; but there was nothing unfriendly in his silence."
"But when Zenobia's doctor recommended her looking about for some one to help her with the housework the clan instantly saw the chance of exacting a compensation from Mattie."
"Mattie is distraught. The pickle dish was one of Zeena's most prized wedding gifts. In fact, Zeena prizes it so highly that she never uses it."