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I will continue to add to this page as I read more. They stayed skiing too long. The sun spoiled the snow during the day. They stop at an inn for a drink, and to catch up on their mail. They hear the story of the funeral. He finds the outside soothing. He spends time at a river, fishing, and camps out. The wife looks out the window at the rain and sees a cat huddled under a table.
She wants to go down and take it in out of the rain. The doctor leaves three different pills and a schedule for taking them. His father attends to him while he stays in bed. They argue when one of the men says the log is stolen. This was certainly the way to take it.
You most certainly could not tell a damned thing about an American. He was all for Macomber again. If you could forget the morning. The morning had been about as bad as they come. She was walking over from her tent looking refreshed and cheerful and quite lovely.
She had a very perfect oval face, so perfect that you expected her to be stupid. Are you feeling better, Francis, my pearl? Wilson is really very impressive killing anything. Or is it that they pick men they can handle? He was grateful that he had gone through his education on American women before now because this was a very attractive one. She seemed to understand, to realize, to be hurt for him and for herself and to know how things really stood. She is away for twenty minutes and now she is back, simply enamelled in that American female cruelty.
They are the damnedest women. Really the damnedest. You were lovely this morning. He could see the boulders in the river and the high bank beyond with the trees and he remembered the morning.
And tomorrow. How should a woman act when she discovers her husband is a bloody coward? They govern, of course, and to govern one has to be cruel sometimes. That afternoon, late, Wilson and Macomber went out in the motor car with the native driver and the two gun-bearers. Macomber stayed in the camp.
It was too hot to go out, she said, and she was going with them in the early morning. As they drove off Wilson saw her standing under the big tree, looking pretty rather than beautiful in her faintly rosy khaki, her dark hair drawn back off her forehead and gathered in a knot low on her neck, her face as fresh, he thought, as though she were in England. She waved to them as the car went off through the swale of high grass and curved around through the trees into the small hills of orchard bush.
They feed out early in the morning and with luck we may catch them in the open. Any one could be upset by his first lion.
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It was neither all over nor was it beginning. It was there exactly as it happened with some parts of it indelibly emphasized and he was miserably ashamed at it. But more than shame he felt cold, hollow fear in him. The fear was still there like a cold slimy hollow in all the emptiness where once his confidence had been and it made him feel sick. It was still there with him now. It had started the night before when he had wakened and heard the lion roaring somewhere up along the river. It was a deep sound and at the end there were sort of coughing grunts that made him seem just outside the tent, and when Francis Macomber woke in the night to hear it he was afraid.
He could hear his wife breathing quietly, asleep. There was no one to tell he was afraid, nor to be afraid with him, and, lying alone, he did not know the Somali proverb that says a brave man is always frightened three times by a lion; when he first sees his track, when he first hears him roar and when he first confronts him. Then while they were eating breakfast by lantern light out in the dining tent, before the sun was up, the lion roared again and Francis thought he was just at the edge of camp.
It sounds as though he were right in camp. The boys said there was a very big one about here. Shoot for bone. Break him down. Make sure of him. The first one in is the one that counts. Lion has something to say about that.
Wilson looked at him quickly. Might have to take him a bit under. You can hit him wherever you want at that. Here comes the Memsahib.
As he left the lion roared again. Hearing the thing roar gets on my nerves. Have you solids? Macomber said. The Memsahib can sit back here with me. Macomber opened the breech of his rifle and saw he had metal-cased bullets, shut the bolt and put the rifle on safety.
He saw his hand was trembling. He felt in his pocket for more cartridges and moved his fingers over the cartridges in the loops of his tunic front. Means the old boy has left his kill. Keep an eye out. Macomber was watching the opposite bank when he felt Wilson take hold of his arm.
The car stopped. Get out and take him. He was standing almost broadside, his great head up and turned toward them. The early morning breeze that blew toward them was just stirring his dark mane, and the lion looked huge, silhouetted on the rise of bank in the gray morning light, his shoulders heavy, his barrel of a body bulking smoothly.
The lion still stood looking majestically and coolly toward this object that his eyes only showed in silhouette, bulking like some super-rhino.
There was no man smell carried toward him and he watched the object, moving his great head a little from side to side. Then watching the object, not afraid, but hesitating before going down the bank to drink with such a thing opposite him, he saw a man figure detach itself from it and he turned his heavy head and swung away toward the cover of the trees as he heard a cracking crash and felt the slam of a.
He trotted, heavy, bigfooted, swinging wounded full-bellied, through the trees toward the tall grass and cover, and the crash came again to go past him ripping the air apart. Then it crashed again and he felt the blow as it hit his lower ribs and ripped on through, blood sudden hot and frothy in his mouth, and he galloped toward the high grass where he could crouch and not be seen and make them bring the crashing thing close enough so he could make a rush and get the man that held it.
Macomber had not thought how the lion felt as he got out of the car. He only knew his hands were shaking and as he walked away from the car it was almost impossible for him to make his legs move. They were stiff in the thighs, but he could feel the muscles fluttering.
Nothing happened though he pulled until he thought his finger would break. Then he knew he had the safety on and as he lowered the rifle to move the safety over he moved another frozen pace forward, and the lion seeing his silhouette flow clear of the silhouette of the car, turned and started off at a trot, and, as Macomber fired, he heard a whunk that meant that the bullet was home; but the lion kept on going.
Macomber shot again and every one saw the bullet throw a spout of dirt beyond the trotting lion. He shot again, remembering to lower his aim, and they all heard the bullet hit, and the lion went into a gallop and was in the tall grass before he had the bolt pushed forward. Macomber stood there feeling sick at his stomach, his hands that held the Springfield still cocked, shaking, and his wife and Robert Wilson were standing by him.
Beside him too were the two gun-bearers chattering in Wakamba. The gun-bearers looked very grave. They were silent now. His mouth was very dry and it was hard for him to talk. You can see even better from here. There was dark blood on the short grass that the gun-bearers pointed out with grass stems, and that ran away behind the river bank trees. Somebody bound to get mauled. You see, they signed on for it. Why not leave him there? Just drop it.
For another, some one else might run onto him. You keep behind me and a little to one side. It might be much better. This is my shauri now, you know.
They sat under a tree and smoked. He sat there, sweating under his arms, his mouth dry, his stomach hollow feeling, wanting to find courage to tell Wilson to go on and finish off the lion without him.
He could not know that Wilson was furious because he had not noticed the state he was in earlier and sent him back to his wife. While he sat there Wilson came up. Come on. Wilson spoke to the older gun-bearer, who wore a canteen on his belt, and the man unbuckled it, unscrewed the top and handed it to Macomber, who took it noticing how heavy it seemed and how hairy and shoddy the felt covering was in his hand.
He raised it to drink and looked ahead at the high grass with the flat-topped trees behind it. A breeze was blowing toward them and the grass rippled gently in the wind. He looked at the gun-bearer and he could see the gun-bearer was suffering too with fear. Thirty-five yards into the grass the big lion lay flattened out along the ground. His ears were back and his only movement was a slight twitching up and down of his long, black-tufted tail.
He had turned at bay as soon as he had reached this cover and he was sick with the wound through his full belly, and weakening with the wound through his lungs that brought a thin foamy red to his mouth each time he breathed.
His flanks were wet and hot and flies were on the little openings the solid bullets had made in his tawny hide, and his big yellow eyes, narrowed with hate, looked straight ahead, only blinking when the pain came as he breathed, and his claws dug in the soft baked earth. All of him, pain, sickness, hatred and all of his remaining strength, was tightening into an absolute concentration for a rush. He could hear the men talking and he waited, gathering all of himself into this preparation for a charge as soon as the men would come into the grass.
As he heard their voices his tail stiffened to twitch up and down, and, as they came into the edge of the grass, he made a coughing grunt and charged. Kongoni, the old gun-bearer, in the lead watching the blood spoor, Wilson watching the grass for any movement, his big gun ready, the second gun-bearer looking ahead and listening, Macomber close to Wilson, his rifle cocked, they had just moved into the grass when Macomber heard the bloodchoked coughing grunt, and saw the swishing rush in the grass.
The next thing he knew he was running; running wildly, in panic in the open, running toward the stream. He heard the ca-ra-wong! That was all any one had said until they reached the motor car. Boys will skin him out. We might as well stay here in the shade. Looking across the stream to where the gun-bearers were skinning out the lion he could see that she had been able to see the whole thing.
He turned and she had leaned forward over the low seat and kissed him on the mouth. Robert Wilson. Finally the gun-bearers brought the skin over, wet and heavy, and climbed in behind with it, rolling it up before they got in, and the motor car started. No one had said anything more until they were back in camp.
That was the story of the lion. Macomber did not know how the lion had felt before he started his rush, nor during it when the unbelievable smash of the. He did not know how his wife felt except that she was through with him. His wife had been through with him before but it never lasted. He was very wealthy, and would be much wealthier, and he knew she would not leave him ever now. That was one of the few things that he really knew.
He knew about that, about motor cycles—that was earliest—about motor cars, about duck-shooting, about fishing, trout, salmon and big-sea, about sex in books, many books, too many books, about all court games, about dogs, not much about horses, about hanging on to his money, about most of the other things his world dealt in, and about his wife not leaving him.
His wife had been a great beauty and she was still a great beauty in Africa, but she was not a great enough beauty any more at home to be able to leave him and better herself and she knew it and he knew it. She had missed the chance to leave him and he knew it.
If he had been better with women she would probably have started to worry about him getting another new, beautiful wife; but she knew too much about him to worry about him either.
Also, he had always had a great tolerance which seemed the nicest thing about him if it were not the most sinister. All in all they were known as a comparatively happily married couple, one of those whose disruption is often rumored but never occurs, and as the society columnist put it, they were adding more than a spice of adventure to their much envied and ever-enduring Romance by a Safari in what was known as Darkest Africa until the Martin Johnsons lighted it on so many silver screens where they were pursuing Old Simba the lion, the buffalo, Tembo the elephant and as well collecting specimens for the Museum of Natural History.
This same columnist had reported them on the verge at least three times in the past and they had been. But they always made it up. They had a sound basis of union. Margot was too beautiful for Macomber to divorce her and Macomber had too much money for Margot ever to leave him.
He lay awake with that knowledge for two hours. At the end of that time his wife came into the tent, lifted her mosquito bar and crawled cozily into bed.
You are a bitch. You promised. But the trip was spoiled yesterday.
At breakfast they were all three at the table before daylight and Francis Macomber found that, of all the many men that he had hated, he hated Robert Wilson the most. You bastard, thought MaComber, you insolent bastard. So she woke him when she came in, Wilson thought, looking at them both with his flat, cold eyes.
What does he think I am, a bloody plaster saint? Let him keep her where she belongs.
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The utter complete hell with it. Macomber and his wife sat on at the table. He was staring at his coffee cup. Behave myself. Behave yourself. So very long. Just then the car came up and stopped in front of the dining tent and the driver and the two gunbearers got out. Wilson walked over and looked at the husband and wife sitting there at the table. He climbed into the front with the driver and Francis Macomber and his wife sat, not speaking, in the back seat.
Women are a nuisance on safari. The car was grinding down to cross the river at a pebbly ford in the gray daylight and then climbed, angling up the steep bank, where Wilson had ordered a way shovelled out the day before so they could reach the parklike wooded rolling country on the far side. It was a good morning, Wilson thought. There was a heavy dew and as the wheels went through the grass and low bushes he could smell the odor of the crushed fronds.
It was an odor like verbena and he liked this early morning smell of the dew, the crushed bracken and the look of the tree trunks showing black through the early morning mist, as the car made its way through the untracked, parklike country. He had put the two in the back seat out of his mind now and was thinking about buffalo. The buffalo that he was after stayed in the daytime in a thick swamp where it was impossible to get a shot, but in the night they fed out into an open stretch of country and if he could come between them and their swamp with the car, Macomber would have a good chance at them in the open.
He did not want to hunt buff with Macomber in thick cover. He did not want to hunt buff or anything else with Macomber at all, but he was a professional hunter and he had hunted with some rare ones in his time.
If they got buff today there would only be rhino to come and the poor man would have gone through his dangerous game and things might pick up.
He must have gone through plenty of that before by the look of things. Poor beggar. He must have a way of getting over it. He, Robert Wilson, carried a double size cot on safari to accommodate any windfalls he might receive. He despised them when he was away from them although he liked some of them well enough at the time, but he made his living by them; and their standards were his standards as long as they were hiring him.
They were his standards in all except the shooting. He had his own standards about the killing and they could live up to them or get some one else to hunt them. He knew, too, that they all respected him for this. This Macomber was an odd one though. Now the wife. Well, the wife.
Yes, the wife. Hm, the wife. He looked around at them. Macomber sat grim and furious. Margot smiled at him. She looked younger today, more innocent and fresher and not so professionally beautiful. At that it was a pleasure to see her. The motor car climbed up a slight rise and went on through the trees and then out into a grassy prairie-like opening and kept in the shelter of the trees along the edge, the driver going slowly and Wilson looking carefully out across the prairie and all along its far side.
He stopped the car and studied the opening with his field glasses. Then he motioned to the driver to go on and the car moved slowly along, the driver avoiding warthog holes and driving around the mud castles ants had built.He only knew his hands were shaking and as he walked away from the car it was almost impossible for him to make his legs move.
But this Paco, who waited on table at the Pension Luarca, had no father to forgive him, nor anything for the father to forgive.
She looked younger today, more innocent and fresher and not so professionally beautiful. It was his first transatlantic journey and he was eighteen at the time. The buffalo that he was after stayed in the daytime in a thick swamp where it was impossible to get a shot, but in the night they fed out into an open stretch of country and if he could come between them and their swamp with the car, Macomber would have a good chance at them in the open.
She was an extremely handsome and well-kept woman of the beauty and social position which had, five years before, commanded five thousand dollars as the price of endorsing, with photographs, a beauty product which she had never used.
They had a sound basis of union. He looked at the gun-bearer and he could see the gun-bearer was suffering too with fear.