But until this very day, two hopes had been left to sustain her.
And to be near Ashley, just to see him, to hear him speak, to be sustained by the knowledge of his love!
She had not been sustained through privations, the sickening duties of nursing, the fears of the siege and the hunger of the last few months by the fanatic glow which made all these things endurable to others, if only the Cause prospered.
When she came home in the late afternoons, damp from the rain, cramped and aching from long hours in the buggy, nothing sustained her except the thought of the bottle hidden in her top bureau drawer, locked against Mammy’s prying eyes.
Suellen has her shame to sustain her and Carreen her God.
But you’ve got nothing to sustain you, have you, child?
I’ve never had anything to sustain me—except Mother.
You see, I—" And, because she could not longer sustain the hot leaping light that was in his eyes, her lids fluttered down again.
Some were sad and silent, others gay and contemptuous of hardships, but the thought that it was all over and they were going home was the one thing that sustained them.