Scott Hussey


In Majorie Kinnan Rawlings' autobiographical Cross Creek, the author recalls the actions taken in her orange grove while preparing for a freeze: "Night came and the temperature dropped steadily. The fatal 28 came at midnight and I gave word for the lighting of the fires ... The work is so cruel that it seems to me the least I can do is take care of the men properly ... There is a healthy challenge and danger and a certain spiritual sustenance comes from fighting it. For all the losses they have cost me, I would not choose to have lived without knowing the nights of firing on a freeze."1