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

Posted by ractrose on 31 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

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)

Posted by ractrose on 29 Jul 2020 in Art, Poems

    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)

Posted by ractrose on 28 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

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)

Posted by ractrose on 27 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

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)

Posted by ractrose on 25 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

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)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Jul 2020 in Fiction, Novels

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 […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part one)                           Mathilde Alanic (1864-1948), a native of Angers, authored around thirty novels. She was a member of the Society of Letters; she was also an inductee into the Legion of Honor. Her work belonged to the category of […]

Eight: Honor (poetry series)

Posted by ractrose on 22 Jul 2020 in Art, Poems

    Honor   First no one gets blamed, no one can You have honor enough to shoulder the gross mistakes of humankind You embody discarded virtues No one wants to drown or burn count seconds in a broken plane Om! (sob) Om! (sob) Om!…wait hemmed in by traffic The tsunami wave, the nuclear cloud […]