Translation by Chuck Boyd

“Yes, I’m going to do it, by golly!” she says aloud to no one in the room.  A flourish of excitement rushes through her veins.  “And why not, dog-gone it?”

Why not, indeed — there is no good reason why you shouldn’t, she replies to herself with equal conviction, this time not aloud but rather in her mind.  A bright and beautiful smile with  twin dimples coalesces across her face, smoothing out the wrinkles of her aged skin.

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