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Epinetus told George Parks about a strange conversation that Esquire Garnsey had with Grandfather Birdsall.


“Garnsey lamented to Grandfather about the pristine nature of Greene. He told granfather ‘I wish the same could be said for Norwich. It grows in leaps – –  – and that is good for my business – – – – good for my business. On the other hand there appear two new taverns or ale houses for every house of worship that is constructed. These drinking places breed nothing but trouble for Norwich – – – nothing but trouble. Our jail is always full. And sharp dealing between some business men does not meet the needs of our township.’”


George Parks sat back and waited for Epinetus to continue the comparison that Esquire Garnsey was making between Norwich and Greene.


“The Esquire continued his lament to Grandfather by differentiating between the men in Norwich and Greene. ‘The men in Greene are serious about moving forward with this new territory. The men in Norwich appear to take life as it comes. I do wish they would fight harder for the things that are needed for progress. The seriousness of the men in Greene is accompanied by its remoteness. The men of Greene must work hard to survive and the influence of God will make Greene a center of business.’ Grandfather was taken back at the Esquire’s mention of God. Never before had he spoken His name.”


Epinetus expanded on the real meaning of that story.


“Esquire Garnsey, realizing that he may have laid it on a little too thickly, quickly changed the subject by informing Grandfather that he must be returning to Norwich the next morning. Grandfather responded with ‘That is well with me, Esquire, as I must return to my spring planting. Our weather is three weeks ahead of yours.’”


Epinetus changed his voice as he imagined Esquire Garnsey would speak.


“And how would you know such a thing Mr. Birdsall? – – – – How would you know such a thing?”


Changing his voice and mannerisms again, this time in an impression of his grandfather, Epinetus answered Garnsey’s question.


“By the Shadbush, Esquire. I kept aware of the Shadbush from Salem to Unadilla. In Salem the leaves were as large as the ear of a squirrel. In Unadilla the Shadbush remains in bud.”


Switching back to Esquire Garnsey’s manner of speaking – – – thus repeating everything at least twice – – – Epinetus continued.


“Brilliant observation Mr. Birdsall, – – – brilliant observation”


Epinetus then moved back into his normal mode of story telling.


“After some light conversation the buyer and the seller congenially shook hands and parted. It would be a year before they met again.”


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