Hammersmith: A Daughter’s Sense of Duty (chapter twelve)

Hammersmith Chapter Twelve A Daughter’s Sense of Duty             Her father hadn’t seen the host of faults communicated by his offhand errand, the one he had promised Mossbunker he would do himself. “Stage name, that’s the phrase you want. Ask her if it’s one.” Minnie Leybourne, Mossbunker the patriot would […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-eight)                         Once in her room, Annie began to undress. Then, suddenly exhausted, lacking courage or strength, she threw herself onto a chair, leaned against the marble of her dressing table, and remained in a state of numbness, her forehead […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part seventeen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part seventeen)                     The winds that round Mount Ida blow At his commands were still; The wingèd gods all circled low Round that dim Thracian hill.   Then, ever blue the tender sky, And ever green the field; Mars laid his […]

The Totem-Maker: Lore and Lessons (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Nine Lore and Lessons (part five)             The sickness touched all who had been near the stones, all who had borne them in baskets, all who had bent their faces close to admire what had seemed only loveliness. The three artisans, their servants and their apprentices, were […]

Hammersmith: Every Sort of Help (chapter eleven)

Hammersmith Chapter Eleven Every Sort of Help               There were two types of men women fell for. Her weeding partner was of the third. Ralph had been, inclined on their honeymoon to sit by a window, read the newspaper, and tell his new wife, “Go off, look at the […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-seven)                                 vii.     “Ah! Don’t undress,” Annik pleaded at dinner. “Mother will let me go out with you this evening! We’ll see them dance the ridée.” The two friends left again at the fall […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part sixteen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part sixteen)                   The dwarf nodded. “Silvestro, the King’s page, told me that the other day, when the Queen revoked his order to free a Hungarian prisoner, and shut the council doors in his face, he sobbed in his room. Cried and […]

Hammersmith: Carey Explains Himself (chapter ten)

Hammersmith Chapter Ten Carey Explains Himself             Less sticky about being accommodating than she’d feared, Hogben did her the favor of saying, “I might head down with Shaw, when he goes after that salve, and see about a room at Derfinger’s.” Of course, by that, she had probably lost him. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part thirty-six)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part thirty-six)                         A young man approached, elegant in rich and sober garments well-fitted, the vest cut square over the dazzling shirt, to doff a silver-buckled hat to the Le Goël family. They all stopped to exchange a few courtesies. The […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifteen)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifteen)                   “How odd!” Giovanna laughed. “I do think you love her.” He gave her no pleasant glance. “Love her? She has Alba and Giordano.” “But you made this bargain with me before the King’s will was known. And always the […]