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She wanted to go home to the safety of Taylor and her books. She almost bumped into Dr. Montgomery when he stopped in front of the drugstore. There was a sign there telling of a dance next Saturday. "You and Mr. " he asked her. " She understood his meaning if not the slang. "We do not attend dances," she said stiffly. " Again she felt anger. "Dancing is a waste of time, and as for the townspeople—" She was on the verge of telling him about her mother but she didn't. She was not going to be rude merely because he was.
She smiled at him. "If Mr. Taylor will allow—" "I will allow it," Hank said, taking the heaping platter of food from her. " the cook said, holding out an empty plate. Amanda didn't remember having seen so much food in her life and she felt fairly faint for wanting it. But Taylor wouldn't approve; he didn't like plump women. "No, thank you," she said at last. " Amanda went out the back door behind Hank, leaving the delicious smells behind her and following his fragrant plate like a hungry dog.
Again, she had that feeling of anger but she pushed it down and returned to her desk. Tomorrow she was scheduled to take him to a museum in Kingman and she had to tell him about Digger Indians, the Donner Party and early mining in the area. She had better review her facts. Hank sat on a bar stool eating a three-inch-thick corned-beef sandwich and drinking a beer—his third. What a little prig she was, he thought. What a self-righteous, know-it-all, fact-spouting little prig! She lectured him as if he were an elementary school student.