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Victoria's Decision
by Jerry Slauter 
02/09/14
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Victoria’s Decision is the title of chapter 4 of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. Both books are historical fiction set in the early years of the twentieth century, during the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution.

Victoria’s Decision is whether or not to sell the mines and the town of Discovery. Her father and Uncle Michael put their lives into the development and success of the mines and the town. Her father and her young husband died in Discovery. Michael advised Victoria not to make any major decisions during her initial year of mourning. She had to decide. The mines could be too much for her to continue to handle by herself, even though she now had Michael as her strongest supporter.

Victoria and Michael rented a suite at the Straitor in Wellspring so they could discuss their options with Stewart and Robert Connor. Mr. Connor was her father’s former business associate who still owned a partial interest in the business and was offering to buy her interests.

She had a rough night sleeping because of the heavy decision hanging over her head. She knew Michael was up and down most of the night, probably doing some writing at the kitchen table, as she saw the light from the kitchen and living room under her door. The following is an excerpt from chapter 4:

"There was something else that bothered Victoria. She could not control her emotions. She knew it was from the mourning process, but was there more? What about these mood swings, from elation to sorrow, from feelings of strength and indomitable ability to doubts and fear. She also fluctuated from feelings of soundness of mind to uncertainty and indecision.

"After the light in the dining room went off again, Victoria decided to go out and have some tea and toast brought up. As she was sitting at the table waiting for room service, she noticed a stack of papers. They were arranged on the table with the writing clearly visible, so she decided to peruse the top paper. In Michael’s scribbling, she read,

"'Tides of Fortune or Providence?

"'Financial fortunes can be realized in an instant. They can vanish even quicker.For all your learning of Economics, Industry and Science; for your desire to comprehend and control human nature; for your fretting and machinations, worrying about thieves breaking in and stealing, moths and rust corroding and
deteriorating; you better leave a major portion to Divine Providence. Fail not to consider the role of God in our everyday lives. It is a fine line that distinguishes success due to Divine Intervention or human wisdom and effort. Present life is
a thin veil through which we fail to see clearly.'

"He then quoted Proverbs sixteen, verses one through three:

"To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

"As Victoria finished reading this and some other paragraphs, there was a knock at the door, 'Room service.'”

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Jerry Slauter loves to work in the wood, leather and metal shop. He is a retired Industrial Technology teacher and published Woodcutter's Revival in 2012. Fine Line is set to be published in 2014.




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