Chapters 1 and 2
• Gertie takes a mule and rides with her young dying son, hoping to get to the doctor before it is too late.
• She makes the mule go in front of a car so that someone will stop and help her.
• The car that stops contains a military officer and a driver who is too shy to talk.
• Gertie recognizes that Amos is in deep trouble and uses her pocket knife to preform a tracheotomy.
• The officer is at first disgusted by Gertie's appearance but then respects her for the surgery she completes on her young son.
• He agrees to take her to the doctor's office.
• When they arrive at the doctor's, Gertie pays for the ride. The officer gives her change which is significantly more than what she offered to pay.
• The doctor recognizes that Amos has diphtheria and begins treatment.
• Clovis, Gertie's husband, arrives later...
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