Probably the twentieth time I've read this story. I first read it four or five years ago, as part of the collection it was originally published in. The movie was great and I loved it, but the story as written just shakes me to my core. Here it's not just the actual story for me but the storytelling and the way Proulx uses language. I'm not a huge fan of hers, but this story is so spare and yet so utterly vivid. You should read this if you haven't yet. You should read this if you're a fan of the movie. You should read this if you've never seen the movie and have no intention of ever doing so. It's a beautiful bit of writing, I think.