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Mr. ” “That’s what I would use,” he said. ” It was almost noon before I could stand as deep as my waist in the short section that we’d dug. I hadn’t seen Christian, who was in my class at school, but soon after we’d started, her sister, Clara, had come out and sat on the front steps, not twenty feet away from us. She was reading a book. Occasionally she would set it down, close her eyes as if to think about something, then pick it up again. I’d always been a hard worker, but I couldn’t help being aware of her.

I’m proud of that. Though I suspect that it, too, is coming to an end. That’s just the way it is up here in Carrol County. It’s been ten years now since the hardware store had the name Delaney & Sons on it and the bakery had the name Cleary Brothers, and fifteen since the Starbucks in Carrol Center convinced the descendants of Dutch root farmers to speak Italian at the cash register. Senator Bonwiller was the one who lured IBM up here in the first place, and once IBM arrived it wasn’t long before DuPont and Trane and then Siemens followed.

Anne’s Hill, which started at the rear of the last commercial building, a visitor’s eyes were drawn west toward Lake Erie, the same beckoning glimpse of water that could be seen from the top floor of the bank. At Port Carrol, Eoghan Metarey kept the largest yacht in the United States—or so it was said by Saline’s old-timers. My grandfather was born in the Scottish Lowlands, but my father was born on Eoghan Metarey’s property, in the house I grew up in myself, a tin-roofed clinker-brick saltbox that was split in two vertically: 410A Dumfries Street.

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