Hans takes Gretel, ties
her to a rope, leads her to the rack, and binds her fast.
To consent to a divorce, to give her her freedom, meant in his thoughts to take from himself the last tie
that bound him to life--the children whom he loved; and to take from her the last prop that stayed her on the path of right, to thrust her down to her ruin.
On the pile of railroad ties on the summer eve- ning, he waited expectantly.
In the darkness the young reporter found himself imagining that he sat on the railroad ties beside a comely young man with black hair and black shining eyes.
The telegraph operator of Winesburg, sitting in the darkness on the railroad ties, had become a poet.
We should break all these mistaken ties that were made in blindness, and determine to marry each other."
It seems right to me sometimes that we should follow our strongest feeling; but then, such feelings continually come across the ties that all our former life has made for us,--the ties that have made others dependent on us,--and would cut them in two.
"You feel, as I do, that the real tie lies in the feelings and expectations we have raised in other minds.
At a signal from the former the latter would step aside, the plank would tilt and the condemned man go down between two ties
. The arrangement commended itself to his judgement as simple and effective.
He came rushing into the nursery with the crumpled little brute of a tie in his hand.
"This tie, it will not tie." He became dangerously sarcastic.
Darling was not sufficiently impressed, and he went on sternly, "I warn you of this, mother, that unless this tie is round my neck we don't go out to dinner to-night, and if I don't go out to dinner to-night, I never go to the office again, and if I don't go to the office again, you and I starve, and our children will be flung into the streets."