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Number One

by John Dos Passos

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When you try to find the people, always in the end it comes down to somebody,

somebody working, maybe:

a man alone on an old disk harrow yelling his lungs out at a team of mean mules (it's the off mule give the trouble, breaking and skittish, pulling black lips back off yellow teeth to nip at the near mule's dusty neck); it's March and the wind sears the chapped knuckles of the hand that clamps the reins; levers rattle; there's a bolt loose under the seat somewhere; it's hard to keep straight in the furrows as the pile of junk laced together with bindingwire lurches over the tough clods; it's March and the sun is hot and the dry wind rasps the skin and ruffles the robinsegg tatters of sky in the puddles along the lane that cuts straight from the mailbox under the roadside wires up to the house with blank windows that stands half tilted back on its haunches like a mule balking: . . .
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