He bought the blacksmith shop from old man Horton.
Jim was short and dark with big mustaches and big hands.
He was a good horseshoer and did not look much like a blacksmith even with his leather apron on.
He lived upstairs above the blacksmith shop and took his meals at A. J. Smith’s.
Liz Coates worked for Smith’s.
Mrs. Smith, who was a very large clean woman, said Liz Coates was the neatest girl she’d ever seen.
Liz had good legs and always wore clean gingham aprons and Jim noticed that her hair was always neat behind.
He liked her face because it was so jolly but he never thought about her.
Liz liked Jim very much.
She liked it the way he walked over from the shop and often went to the kitchen door to watch for him to start down the road.
She liked it about his mustache.
She liked it about how white his teeth were when he smiled.
She liked it very much that he didn’t look like a blacksmith.
She liked it how much A. J. Smith and Mrs. Smith liked Jim.
One day she found that she liked it the way the hair was black on his arms and how white they were above the tanned line when he washed up in the washbasin outside the house.
Liking that made her feel funny.
Hortons Bay, the town, was only five houses on the main road between Boyne City and Charlevoix.
There was the general store and postoffice with a high false front and maybe a wagon hitched out in front, Smith’s house, Stroud’s house, Fox’s house, Horton’s house and Van Hoosen’s house.
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