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THE PLANT AT HIGH GROVE Y HE three men kept apart in the Pullman
car on the way home from Chicago. Dyer had gone ahead to the
smoking JL. compartment, which he had to himself. Malden sat at the
end of the car, his light overcoat crumpled about his stout person.
In his agitation he had forgotten to take off his stiff black hat.
There was a wing of iron-gray whiskers on each ruddy cheek, but the
lips and chin were cleanshaven. He had a way of compressing his
lips now and then, the lower one slightly protruding. His blue
eyes, aging, already somewhat dim, were set to the window in an
uncomprehending stare. Johnson, the Superintendent of the plough
works, sat halfway down the car, his round, solid head showing
above the high back of the seat. His clothes hung loose and
ill-fitting on his great bony frame. The big jaw and chin,
projected on an heroic scale, looked all the more salient from the
leanness of his face. His hands lay in his lap. One thumb had been
broken, a forefinger blunted and twisted. A girl sat across the
car, ? a slim, graceful little creature in a red jacket, ? with
brown eyes, hardly more than a schoolgirl, admirably pretty. Now
and then she looked over at Johnson calmly. If she met his round
gray eye, her own soft eyes did not instantly fall, she did not
color and stir in her seat and move her head as she had done when
her glance encountered Dyer's. Nobody knew better than the
Superintendent that to this pretty romance-haunted girl he belonged
in an order of things world-wide from that in which she placed
Dyer. Twilight gathered as they approached High Grove. s While the
train was still some miles away, on the i other side of the river,
they could see the living fire ball of the forge chimney, a giant's
torch, a ruddy, earthy star. As th...
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