Often he wished that he would never have to go back to town and once when he had come home from the farm
after a long visit, something happened that had a lasting effect on his mind.
Caverly owned farms
in Orange County that had been leased out for long periods (the lives of three persons named at the moment the lease was granted) but which were now about to revert to him--such long-term leases, in the Hudson Valley, led to the so-called anti-rent war that was breaking out at the time Cooper wrote this book; twelve and a half cents = an English shilling, still often used in conversation in America; nabobs = rich men (usually businessmen of recent affluence)}
The unhurried meals, the foreknowledge of deliciously empty hours to follow, the breadths of soft sky under which they walked together and reckoned time only by their hunger or thirst; the good grass beneath their feet that cheated the miles; their discoveries, always together, amid the farms
--Griffons, Rocketts, Burnt House, Gale Anstey, and the Home Farm
, where Iggulden of the blue smock-frock would waylay them, and they would ransack the old house once more; the long wet afternoons when, they tucked up their feet on the bedroom's deep window-sill over against the apple-trees, and talked together as never till then had they found time to talk--these things contented her soul, and her body throve.
But as to what he says about old tenants, in point of fact no new tenant would take the farms
on the present terms.
And the vision he saw was of farm
-house and straw-thatched outbuildings, of children playing in the sun, and the good wife at the door, of lowing kine, and clucking fowls, and the stamp of horses in the stable, of his father's farm
next to him, with, beyond, the woodless, rolling land and the hedged fields, neat and orderly, extending to the crest of the smooth, soft hills.
The city itself was still a long way off, but all around it was a green meadow as pretty as a well-kept lawn, and in this were neither houses nor farms
to spoil the beauty of the scene.
My imagination carried me so far that I even had the refusal of several farms
-- the refusal was all I wanted -- but I never got my fingers burned by actual possession.
I looked over the Portuguese farms
around San Leandro, but they never mixed flowers and vegetables.
It was ridiculous to be telling hard-luck stories about not being able to buy a farm
, when he had the wherewithal to buy dozens of farms
All around farms
were apportioned and allotted in proportion to the standing of each individual.
He and grandmother were getting old for the heavy work of a farm
, and as I was now thirteen they thought I ought to be going to school.
It was leaving the farm
, and putting up lunch in a basket, and a little riding and a little steam cars, and we carried our nightgowns.
She determined to make a nest right away from the farm
But to think of a niece o' mine being cause o' my husband's being turned out of his farm
, and me brought him no fortin but my savin's "
Some day, when you've got a fine farm
here, you'll see the sense of what I'm doin' now and thank me for it.