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[American Story] 【整理】2008-03-08 The Californian's Tale (2)

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One of the pictures on the wall was not hanging straight. He noticed and went to fixed. He stepped back several times to make sure the picture was real straight. Then he gave a gentle touch with his hand.

'She always does that' he explained to me. 'It is like finishing pet a mother gives her child's here after she has brushed. I have seeing her fix all this thing so often that I can do it just a way she does. I don't know why I do it. I just do it' I see talked I realized there was something in this room that he wanted me to discover. I looked around. When my eyes reached the corner of the room near the fireplace, he broken into a happy laugh and rub his hands together. 'That's it' he cried out. ' You have found, I know you would, it is her picture.' I when to a little black shelf that hanged a small picture of most beautiful woman I had ever seen. There was a sweetness and softness in the woman that expression. 'That I had never seen before.' The man took the picture from my hand and stare * *. 'She was nineteen on her last birthday. That was day we were married. 'When you see her oh just wait and tall you meet her.'

'Where were she now?' I asked.

'Oh, she was a way.' the man said. Putting the picture back on the little black shelf. 'She went to visit her parents, there leave forty or fifty mail* from year*. She has been gone two weeks today,'

' When will she be back?'  I asked.

' Well, this is Wednesday' he said slowly. 'She will be back on Saturday in the evening.'

'I felt a shook sense of the *, I am sorry because I would be gone by then.' I said.

'Gone? No, why should you go? Don't go, she will be so sorry, you see she likes to have people come stay with us.'

'No, I ready must leave.' I said firmly.

He picked up her picture and hanged it before my eyes.

'Here,' He said. 'Now you tell her to her face. That * could have stay to meet her and you would not.'

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