Chapter 22

THE ROMANIAN PEASANT IS GENEROUS. THOUGH HE has little he gives to those who have less. And he always strives to show gratitude for a favor. Those from whom father took no money returned with a gift of some kind; a few eggs, a hen, a basket of grapes or other fruit. Those who had sheep would bring us a cheese in the fall. We even received wood, brought in bundles that were tied and hung on the two sides of the horse like sheaves of rye, the rope that held them stretched across the saddle.

There is no sadder animal than a poor horse belonging to a poor peasant, unless it is his dog. But the dog livens up, wags his tail, and even jumps a little when he is given a piece of bread or a bone. The horse, however, takes the apple or a handful of grass and munches it indifferently as if to say, "This won't change my lot. You gave it to me, I accept it, but my days will drag on in misery to the end."

In the winter the peasant's horse would grow a shaggy fur, but even that could not hide the lean body of the animal. We all had great pity for such horses. Once on a cold winter day a man came with a load of wood. We had

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