The light of morning made it possible to see the expansiveness of the open prairie more easily. We realized how isolated from the world this dilapidated little village was, which added to our already dispirited condition.
Late on the afternoon following our arrival, by which time my mother must have reached the ultimate depth of despair, Father and Alan arrived. They had miscalculated the date we were expected. Relief and joy quickly replaced our former anguish, which, only when acute, renders a succeeding moment of happiness truly sublime.
The cable was explained by Father with feelings of considerable shame and regret. The conditions of life had brought him to a state of anger and disgust beyond control. Coupled with intense homesickness, these emotions may have been heightened by a bilious attack from too much sowbelly when he impulsively rode into Vegreville and dispatched his message without pausing to consider either its practicality or its effect upon Mother.