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The Auction


Darrin Cozzens


auction, retirement, nostalgic

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The people came early on a cold day to look over the belongings of Elmer and Verna Turnitt. City husbands and wives walked the aisles of old household articles by a tar-papered shed, lingering and nodding when they found a antique for their collections. Farmers who came to buy kicked at the tires of the machinery or checked piles of chain for broken links or looked at the engine hour-meters of the tractors lined up. Older farmers in overalls and denim oats, there for the ritual of the thing, stood in small groups, smoking and spitting tobacco juice, clapping their gloved hands together once in a while, their laughs frequently vaporizing in the air when somebody said something funny.