"A screaming comes across the sky."
"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish."
"Everyone had always said that John would be a preacher when he grew up, just like his father."
"MASON CITY. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new. Or was new, that day we went up it."
"General Mills with his gaudy uniform and spirited charger was the center for all eyes especially as his steed was extremely restless."
"Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece.'"
"A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the..."
"In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together."
"Dusk - of a summer night."
"The station wagons arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus."