After learning that Fred has taken his girl, Buck Crenshaw advises his sister Thankful against marriage.
Buck and Thankful could hear their parents bickering below them in the parlor.
“I wish they would just divorce!” Thankful complained.
“Marriage is foolish,” Buck said, feeling even more hopeless. “I won’t consider it again.”
“You say that now, but one day . . .” Thankful began.
“It’s impossible,” Buck insisted, closing the subject. “And what about you, sis? Anyone in town who strikes your fancy?”
Thankful played with her curls and rolled her eyes. “No, no one who’s in town.”
“So someone who’s gone out of town then?” Buck laughed. “Someone I know?”
“Yes, but he hasn’t noticed me and he’s in the West.”
“I know you don’t like him, but. . .” Thankful began.
“He’s a moron!” Buck moaned. “No, Willy won’t do.”
“William is not a moron. He knows about art and other things too– if only you got to know him you’d see. And he’s so kind to his parents—the way he helps his father—it’s so—chivalrous. And he helped me out of a puddle and took it so seriously,” Thankful said as if she might swoon.
“So you want someone who can splash around in puddles with his morphine-addicted father? Very high standards you have, sis. And how would Willy earn his keep? It’s so like him to become an artist of all things. Maybe Father could bankroll the bastard,” Buck said, getting to his feet.
“Stop it, Buck,” Thankful replied, holding out her hand for Buck to help her up. “Why are you so jealous?”
“I’m not. It’s only I don’t understand why women and even Father are so impressed with a morose, coddled little cripple.”
“I suppose we should all be impressed with a thin, violet-eyed cadet who gets in heaps of trouble,” Thankful teased. “Was it his fault that he fell from a horse? I might go and visit William sometime.”
Buck laughed. “Good luck getting permission for that. You’re such a dreamer.”
“Why shouldn’t I go?” Thankful asked, hands on hips. “You boys go wherever and all I do is watch babies. I wish Father and Mama would stop it. I don’t see how they still do it with all that fighting.”
Thankful laughed. “Land sakes, you have a kind word for everyone this Christmas.”
“Well, I like you, Thankful.”
“Thanks, Buckie, I’m honored.”
Buck took her by the chin. “You don’t want to go west. If a man wants you, let him come.”
“Maybe William has already met a nice girl.”
“In the West? I doubt it. But maybe he doesn’t want a nice girl.” Buck meant to insult William, but saw it hurt Thankful. “Stay home till I graduate and we’ll take a bully trip together.”
Thankful embraced Buck with her eyes on the door. She had her own plans.
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