1. Though he was often very hungry indeed when he lay down at night;
though he had to work in the heats of summer noons and the rasping chills
of winter dawns; though his feet were often tender with wounds from the
sharp edges of the jagged pavement; though he had to perform tasks beyond
his strength and against his nature, — yet he was grateful and content: he
did his duty with each day, and the eyes that he loved smiled down on him.
It was sufficient for Patrasche.
2. And on their return Patrasche would shake himself free of his harness
with a bay of glee, and Nello would recount with pride the doings of the day;
and they would all go in together to their meal of rye bread and milk or soup,
and would see the shadows lengthen over the great plain, and see the twilight
veil the fair cathedral spire; and then lie down together to sleep peacefully
while the old man said a prayer.