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
"Freezes, Fights, and Fancy: The Formation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Florida Citrus Industry,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 89:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol89/iss1/6