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I always gladly returned home. ” But w w w. p l o u g h b o o k s . c o . u k 36 I noticed how many jealous brawls happened at these dances, and I didn’t like that. First Contact With the Bible T here was just one family of girls who were different. I got interested in them and asked them how it was that they were able to steer clear of all the jealousies and quarrels. They said they would ask me to their house one day when they had a visitor they were expecting. ” It was the Bible. He gave me one, and I decided I would try and read it.

They would not just keep to their own bit of floor space but would come and look under the beds of the other patients and tell them they hadn’t swept under the bed. w w w. p l o u g h b o o k s . c o . u k 65 Dust unto Dust T his reminded me how years ago, when I was a young girl, I worked for a time in a big house in Asuncion. There were two of us to do the work for the family. The mistress was very particular and checked everything we did, whether it was washing clothes or housework. ” Or if she found a table leg not dusted or a china dog ornament with dust in its ears, she would not be content till all dust had been removed.

We were a big Roman Catholic family, with a lot of boys. I was one of the youngest children. We came from Bavaria, where my father had a small cobbler’s shop. He was a good cobbler, but not a good businessman. He wanted to emigrate w w w. p l o u g h b o o k s . c o . u k 33 from Europe with all its wars and rumours of wars, especially as he had many sons. So he was very excited when he read an advertisement of a big tract of land in Argentina, for a very small price. The neighbours reminded him that he knew nothing about agriculture, but he said that didn’t matter, as he was just going to rear beef cattle on the land.

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