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Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK IV - Chapter II Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK IV - Chapter II

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK IV - Chapter II
Sam McPherson is a living American. He is a rich man, but his money, thathe spent so many years and so much of his energy acquiring, does not meanmuch to him. What is true of him is true of more wealthy Americans than iscommonly believed. Something has happened to him that has happened to theothers also, to how many of the others? Men of courage, with strong bodiesand quick brains, men who have come of a strong race, have taken up whatthey had thought to be the banner of life and carried it forward. Growingweary they have stopped in a road... Long Stories - Post by : supportb - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2002

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK IV - Chapter I Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK IV - Chapter I

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK IV - Chapter I
One afternoon in early September Sam got on a westward-bound trainintending to visit his sister on the farm near Caxton. For years he hadheard nothing from Kate, but she had, he knew, two daughters, and hethought he would do something for them."I will put them on the Virginia farm and make a will leaving them mymoney," he thought. "Perhaps I shall be able to make them happy by settingthem up in life and giving them beautiful clothes to wear."At St. Louis he got off the train, thinking vaguely that he would see anattorney and make arrangements about the will, and for... Long Stories - Post by : ckster0905 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 807

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter VI Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter VI

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter VI
One morning, at the end of his second year of wandering, Sam got out ofhis bed in a cold little hotel in a mining village in West Virginia,looked at the miners, their lamps in their caps, going through the dimlylighted streets, ate a portion of leathery breakfast cakes, paid his billat the hotel, and took a train for New York. He had definitely abandonedthe idea of getting at what he wanted through wandering about the countryand talking to chance acquaintances by the wayside and in villages, andhad decided to return to a way of life more befitting his income.He felt that... Long Stories - Post by : jimmy - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 884

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter V Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter V

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter V
One crisp winter evening Sam found himself on a busy street corner inRochester, N.Y., watching from a doorway the crowds of people hurrying orloitering past him. He stood in a doorway near a corner that seemed to bea public meeting place and from all sides came men and women who met atthe corner, stood for a moment in talk, and then went away together. Samfound himself beginning to wonder about the meetings. In the year since hehad walked out of the Chicago office his mind had grown more and morereflective. Little things--a smile on the lips of an ill-clad old manmumbling... Long Stories - Post by : ishakms - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 3179

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter IV Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter IV

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter IV
One fine warm morning in the fall Sam was sitting in a little park in thecentre of a Pennsylvania manufacturing town watching men and women goingthrough the quiet streets to the factories and striving to overcome afeeling of depression aroused by an experience of the evening before. Hehad come into town over a poorly made clay road running through barrenhills, and, depressed and weary, had stood on the shores of a river,swollen by the early fall rains, that flowed along the edges of the town.Before him in the distance he had looked into the windows of a hugefactory, the black smoke... Long Stories - Post by : nuwww - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 1129

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter III Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter III

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter III
Through the summer and early fall Sam continued his wanderings. The dayson which something happened or on which something outside himselfinterested or attracted him were special days, giving him food for hoursof thought, but for the most part he walked on and on for weeks, sunk in akind of healing lethargy of physical fatigue. Always he tried to get atpeople who came into his way and to discover something of their way oflife and the end toward which they worked, and many an open-mouthed,staring man and woman he left behind him on the road and on the sidewalksof the villages. He... Long Stories - Post by : jardo - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2574

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter II Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter II

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter II
For weeks and months Sam led a wandering vagabond life, and surely astranger or more restless vagabond never went upon the road. In his pockethe had at almost any time from one to five thousand dollars, his bag wenton from place to place ahead of him, and now and then he caught up withit, unpacked it, and wore a suit of his former Chicago clothes upon thestreets of some town. For the most part, however, he wore the roughclothes bought from Ed, and, when these were gone, others like them, witha warm canvas outer jacket, and for rough weather a pair... Long Stories - Post by : mitchmoccia - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2741

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter I Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter I

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK III - Chapter I
One day when the youth Sam McPherson was new in the city he went on aSunday afternoon to a down-town theatre to hear a sermon. The sermon wasdelivered by a small dark-skinned Boston man, and seemed to the youngMcPherson scholarly and well thought out."The greatest man is he whose deeds affect the greatest number of lives,"the speaker had said, and the thought had stuck in Sam's mind. Now walkingalong the street carrying his travelling bag, he remembered the sermon andthe thought and shook his head in doubt."What I have done here in this city must have affected thousands oflives," he mused,... Long Stories - Post by : cdmpro - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2912

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter IX Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter IX

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter IX
The story of Sam's life there in Chicago for the next several years ceasesto be the story of a man and becomes the story of a type, a crowd, a gang.What he and the group of men surrounding him and making money with him didin Chicago, other men and other groups of men have done in New York, inParis, in London. Coming into power with the great expansive wave ofprosperity that attended the first McKinley administration, these men wentmad of money making. They played with great industrial institutions andrailroad systems like excited children, and a man of Chicago won thenotice and... Long Stories - Post by : Scott_Doppke - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 1903

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VIII Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VIII

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VIII
The blow given the plan of life so carefully thought out and so eagerlyaccepted by the young McPhersons threw them back upon themselves. Forseveral years they had been living upon a hill top, taking themselves veryseriously and more than a little preening themselves with the thought thatthey were two very unusual and thoughtful people engaged upon a worthy andennobling enterprise. Sitting in their corner immersed in admiration oftheir own purposes and in the thoughts of the vigorous, disciplined, newlife they were to give the world by the combined efficiency of their twobodies and minds they were, at a word and a... Long Stories - Post by : f10inc - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2038

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VII Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VII

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VII
Late one evening, some weeks after the McPhersons had given the dinnerparty in secret celebration of the future arrival of what was to be thefirst of the great family, they came together down the steps of a northside house to their waiting carriage. They had spent, Sam thought, adelightful evening. The Grovers were people of whose friendship he wasparticularly proud and since his marriage with Sue he had taken her oftenfor an evening to the house of the venerable surgeon. Doctor Grover was ascholar, a man of note in the medical world, and a rapid and absorbingtalker and thinker on any... Long Stories - Post by : katym - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2807

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VI Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VI

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter VI
One evening, six weeks after the talk in the gathering darkness in JacksonPark, Sue Rainey and Sam McPherson sat on the deck of a Lake Michigansteamer watching the lights of Chicago blink out in the distance. They hadbeen married that afternoon in Colonel Tom's big house on the south side;and now they sat on the deck of the boat, being carried out into darkness,vowed to motherhood and to fatherhood, each more or less afraid of theother. They sat in silence, looking at the blinking lights and listeningto the low voices of their fellow passengers, also sitting in the chairsalong the deck... Long Stories - Post by : 35347 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 994

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter V Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter V

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter V
Sue Rainey had long touched the fancy of the youths of Chicago societywho, while looking at her trim little figure and at the respectable sizeof the fortune behind it, were yet puzzled and disconcerted by herattitude toward themselves. On the wide porches at golf clubs youngmen in white trousers lounged and smoked cigarettes, and in the down-townclubs the same young men spent winter afternoons playing Kellypool, they spoke of her, calling her an enigma. "She'll end by being anold maid," they declared, and shook their heads at the thought of so gooda connection dangling loosely in the air just... Long Stories - Post by : jardo - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 976

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter IV Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter IV

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter IV
One night in April Colonel Tom Rainey of the great Rainey Arms Company andhis chief lieutenant, young Sam McPherson, treasurer and chairman of theboard of directors of the company, slept together in a room in a St. Paulhotel. It was a double room with two beds, and Sam, lying on his pillow,looked across the bed to where the colonel's paunch protruding itselfbetween him and the light from a long narrow window, made a round hillabove which the moon just peeped. During the evening the two men had satfor several hours at a table in the grill down stairs while Sam discusseda... Long Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 1732

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter III Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter III

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter III
Sam McPherson, who stood in the shops among the thousands of employees ofthe Rainey Arms Company, who looked with unseeing eyes at the faces of themen intent upon the operation of machines and saw in them but so many aidsto the ambitious projects stirring in his brain, who, while yet a boy, hadbecause of the quality of daring in him, combined with a gift ofacquisitiveness, become a master, who was untrained, uneducated, knowingnothing of the history of industry or of social effort, walked out of theoffices of his company and along through the crowded streets to the newapartment he had taken... Long Stories - Post by : mare2 - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 758

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter II Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter II

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter II
It was a wonderful place, that South Water Street in Chicago where Samcame to make his business start in the city, and it was proof of the dryunresponsiveness in him that he did not sense more fully its meaning andits message. All day the food stuff of a vast city flowed through thenarrow streets. Blue-shirted, broad-shouldered teamsters from the tops ofhigh piled wagons bawled at scurrying pedestrians. On the sidewalks inboxes, bags, and barrels, lay oranges from Florida and California, figsfrom Arabia, bananas from Jamaica, nuts from the hills of Spain and theplains of Africa, cabbages from Ohio, beans from Michigan,... Long Stories - Post by : nas_boleh - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2077

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter I Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter I

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK II - Chapter I
For two years Sam lived the life of a travelling buyer, visiting towns inIndiana, Illinois, and Iowa, and making deals with men who, like FreedomSmith, bought the farmers' products. On Sundays he sat in chairs beforecountry hotels and walked in the streets of strange towns, or, gettingback to the city at the week end, went through the downtown streets andamong the crowds in the parks with young men he had met on the road. Fromtime to time he went to Caxton and sat for an hour with the men inWildman's, stealing away later for an evening with Mary Underwood.In the store... Long Stories - Post by : tcant - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2976

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VIII Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VIII

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VIII
The funeral of Jane McPherson was a trying affair for her son. He thoughtthat his sister Kate, with the babe in her arms, had become coarsened--shelooked frumpish and, while they were in the house, had an air of havingquarrelled with her husband when they came out of their bedroom in themorning. During the funeral service Sam sat in the parlour, astonished andirritated by the endless number of women that crowded into the house. Theywere everywhere, in the kitchen, the sleeping room back of the parlour;and in the parlour the dead woman lay in her coffin, they weremassed. When the thin-lipped... Long Stories - Post by : wonder - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2848

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VII Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VII

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VII
Leaning against the wall under the veranda of Mary Underwood's house, Samtried to get in his mind a remembrance of what had brought him there. Hehad walked bareheaded through Main Street and out along a country road.Twice he had fallen, covering his clothes with mud. He had forgotten thepurpose of his walk and had tramped on and on. The unexpected and terriblehatred of his father that had come upon him in the tense silence of thekitchen had so paralysed his brain that he now felt light-headed andwonderfully happy and carefree."I have been doing something," he thought; "I wonder what it is."The... Long Stories - Post by : nospecs - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 4484

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VI Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VI

Windy Mcpherson's Son - BOOK I - Chapter VI
Sam went along the board sidewalk homeward bound, hurried by the drivingMarch wind that had sent the lantern swinging in Freedom's hand. At thefront of a white frame residence a grey-haired old man stood leaning onthe gate and looking at the sky."We shall have a rain," he said in a quavering voice, as though giving adecision in the matter, and then turned and without waiting for an answerwent along a narrow path into the house.The incident brought a smile to Sam's lips followed by a kind of wearinessof mind. Since the beginning of his work with Freedom he had, day afterday,... Long Stories - Post by : outboxin - Date : February 2011 - Author : Sherwood Anderson - Read : 2394