IT WAS on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the mo
I had just decided to accept a cigar from Hector but was interrupted by the appearance of another human being. ‘Mrs Mappass-Wynne’ announced Hector as a tall, faded figure approached hugging a small furry creature. I stood up and bowed. ‘Michael Cricksmith. A lapsed botanist.’ ’
James Mint stood smoking without any awareness of the danger he was in. I watched him and pretended to be checking the street for cats. I even named my non-existent cat Arthur for authenticity’s sake. ‘Arthur, Arthur ‘I said. ‘Go home, now please. .’ As the evening turned out it woul
When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies, Therefore I lie with her, and she with me, And in our faults by lies we flattered be. Of course you came back. You couldn’t resist me, you
A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Egdon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment. Overhead the hollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting out the sky was as a tent which had the whole heath for its floor.
Steinbeck’s novel ends with Carlson(and Curley) looking after the departure of George and Slim, completely unaware of the magnitude of what has just happened. ‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?‘ Carlson’s incredulous insensitivity is
‘Peter Karras learned to swim one afternoon at the tail end of a heat wave in early June. The heat had come upon D. C. like a bad dream and had killed several old timers and a few who weren’t so old. Two had succumbed the day before.’ This is the way to open
‘’Call me Hector. ‘ ‘My quarry picked out another piece of black liquorice. ‘’My public know me differently. ‘’ He raised an eyebrow. ‘‘Saki c’est moi.’’ I nodded, looking I hoped the perfect tableau of handsome humility. Several couples came into the café from