My Blog Week: July 26 to August 1

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Twilight of the Old Regime         Two threats came to us this week, on record—threats that can’t be called overt. But no longer queued items not yet […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (The House of Everard)

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part two)             He tried, unsuccessfully, to face her, as she had tried to face him. “Feels that at last she may do some good, where she has brought about so much harm. Peggy says to herself, ‘I will ask […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Jerome two)

A Figure from the Common Lot Jerome (part two)           Honoré thought of Gérard, whose present plot of earth would never profit him. “The market must always be better tomorrow than it is today. If Monsieur Serrigny puts me off for a year, not so bad… And if he puts me […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part two)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part two)                         Impatience tautened her nerves while she continued to review invoices. Her fever increased under the weight of Mlle Virot’s sneaking surveillance. At last the bell announced the end of shift. Annie, with the others, went to the cloakroom. […]

Eight: Duty (poetry series)

    Duty   “He is lauded for standing by his post” “Standing by at his post…” “Hmm…yes. Why say it? Are you happier about all this, for picking nits?” “Well, close by. Nearby. Remaining, anyway, as duty required. We might find…” “Might find…evidences, do you mean? Perhaps you aren’t fit for the work.” “You […]

The Mirrors (part eleven)

The Mirrors (part eleven)                             Always it had been, until that year his going away became the end… No more the glamour of travel and return, her father’s familiar absence. Always, a sort of stupidity. She could charge herself with this and […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part three)

Yoharie Because Society (part three)               Society hadn’t yet crafted the new rules. Or cancel yet. Society follows culture, and the culture stagnates. A woman can ask a man for a date, or a man she dates for his hand… Push on, stalwart feminist… But, Giarma thought, your place […]

My Blog Week: July 19 to July 25

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Misremembrance of Things Past         I have a reason for writing opinion pieces. Being opinionated, of course, but also to counter that hazard creative people know, a […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Paris)

A Figure from the Common Lot Paris (two)                   “But I am never there. I only sleep there.” Once more Gremot had shrugged when Broughton, calling attention to his cough, asked, “You do not find the arrangement rather―to state the matter bluntly―squalid?” In the indifferent way in […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Passage)

A Figure from the Common Lot Passage (one)                   He did not know what he was saying to Bellet. He was making an excuse of stopping here, clinging to conversation with a man who had been something of a friend. “You see it’s no difference…they don’t look […]