Day by day Wade was growing weaker, and it was Mrs.
Wade consulted more and more with him, relied more and more upon his judgment.
Wade toiled early and late, doing part of the chores and double her share of the Spring plowing that Martin, as well as Nellie, could attend school in Fallon.
Perry lived twenty miles from the Wades and a whole day was consumed with each load.
Each trip meant ten dollars, but to the Wades, to whom this one hundred and eighty-seven dollars--the first actual money they had seen in over a year--was a fortune, these journeys were rides of triumph, fugitive flashes of glory in the long, gray struggle.