Their value to Bathsheba, and indeed to anybody, Oak mentally estimated by the following simple calculation:— 5 x 30 = 150 quarters = 500 L. 3 x 40 = 120 quarters = 250 L. —— Total … 750 L. Seven hundred and fifty pounds in the divinest form that money can wear—that of necessary food for man and beast: should the risk be run of deteriorating this bulk of corn to less than half its value, because of the instability of a woman?
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Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates.