Villagers in an abolitionist settlement had dug a tunnel under the road between the dry-goods store and a livery stable. They dug it too near the surface.
A stranger on a horse entered the place, paused on the road, and fell into the tunnel.
The villagers faked bewilderment and convinced him to take a horse of theirs.
Once the stranger was gone, they turned to the problem of excavating the horse.
A fugitive from the South finds all this hilarious but also cause for alarm. He flees. A couple of the settlers go after him, hoping to direct him to a better hiding spot. He'll take his chances on his own.
The settlers get the horse out but now have the problem of the exposed tunnel. They solve it by just up and moving the settlement itself.
Ames's son plays with Tobias in the sprinkler. Ames thinks about baptism.
Edward returns from Germany. He plays ball with Ames.
Offered a glass of water, Edward pours it over his head and quotes the Psalms.
Ames tells Edward he's reading Feuerbach.
Edward warns Ames not to let Mama catch him.
Ames takes his vocation seriously. He and Boughton study the Greek and Hebrew of the biblical passages they'll preach about. They also talk of the singularity of a face, especially the face of an infant.
Ames was terrified of his son when his son was an infant.
Ames's wife instructs their son in the faith.
Tobias's father, Mr. Schmidt, complains that the boys were swearing. Ames says it's harmless.
Ames won't tell his wife about this. He doesn't want her to worry that their son will lose his only friend.
Ames preaches about physical particularity. His wife brings their son to receive the sacrament.
In the letter, Ames tells his son to visit the church during the night to hear its night sounds.
Ames knows, though, that the people in the church plan to tear down the building once he dies.