THE QUICK AND THE DEAD / Z. Vance Wilson THE BULL WAS a red Hereford, named Job, we had owned only a in debt to the Farmers and Merchants' Bank. Better yet, to the Randolph family since those shysters owned the bank and its mortgages on five-sixths of the farmland in Randolph, yes Randolph, like Iscariot, county. After Mother died, I found in the lock box under her bed some week, or perhaps I should say that a week earlier Dad sold us further loan statements tied in turnip twine, which she kept without him knowing of course, and on that final one those Pharisees listed as collateral not only every acre of land and piece of wood we called our own, but every one of our living breathing animals, that year's doomed root hog Mr. Randolph, a name I'm sure they didn't appreciate, and our six cows, whose great names read more like a roll call in hell than bossies--Eve, Hagar, Gommorrah, Jezebel, Babylon and Baalah--my father was cursed with a sense of damnation and it had something to do with women. I've never understood why Mother kept those statements. Maybe she let her imagination get the
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1982
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