It won't set any better after old Brindle fills up on this dust," observed Martin, belligerency in his brassy voice.
Strengthened by this vision and stimulated by the fact of Wade's increasing weakness, they had sold their few possessions, except the simplest necessities for camping, had made a canvas cover for their wagon, stocked up with smoked meat, corn meal and coffee, tied old Brindle behind, fastened a coop of chickens against the wagon-box and, without faltering, had made the long pilgrimage.
It seemed one of life's harsh jests that now, when the tired, ill-nourished baby had fretted his last, old Brindle, waxing fat and sleek on the wheat pasture, should give more rich cream than the Wades could use.
That Fall they paid the first installment of two hundred dollars on their land and Martin persuaded his mother to give and Robinson to take a chattel on their two horses, old Brindle, her calf and the pigs, that other much-needed implements might be bought.
It all seemed to her a far simpler matter: all that was needed, as Marya Philimonovna had explained, was to give Brindle
and Whitebreast more food and drink, and not to let the cook carry all the kitchen slops to the laundry maid's cow.