CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING
PEARL S. BUCK
HE WOKE SUDDENLY AND COMPLETELY. IT was four o’clock, the hour at which his father had always called him to get up and help with the milking. Strange how the habits of his youth clung to him still! That was fifty years ago, and his father had been dead for thirty, yet he waked at four o’clock every morning. Over the years, he had trained himself to turn over and go to sleep, but this morning it was Christmas.
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