Uncle Ethan had a theory that a man’s character could be told by the way he sat in a wagon seat. “A mean man sets right plumb in the middle o’ the seat, as much as to say, ‘Walk, gol darn yeh, who cares!’ But a man that sets in the corner o’ the seat, much as to say, ‘Jump in—cheaper t’ ride ‘n to walk,’ you can jest tie to.” This short story of a midwestern farmer, his wife, and his barn is from Hamlin Garland’s collection Well-Travelled Roads, which features plenty more stories about midwestern farm life and [Read More]