The Mirrors (part twelve)

      The Mirrors (part twelve)             vi.     These were bungalows…nice, of a middle-class type, a block of them. Brick, front parlors shortening the porch, a slope of banked front lawn—a flood measure telling the tract had been built on this century. It was the fashion in […]

The Mirrors (part eleven)

      The Mirrors (part eleven)             v.     “I haven’t thanked you for yesterday’s lunch.” “Well, that’s fine. You never ought to.” The remonstrance felt abrupt…she hoped not out of place. But Charmante was sure Carmine’s had been an ordinary upbringing. “I understand, yes, you were hired […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-seven)

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-seven)                   “You may stay in your rooms, if you like.” At her husband’s side, the two of them unfollowed by servants and competing over pace, Giovanna thought of retorts. She chose none. “They say the fathers of Marseille have sent […]

The Mirrors (part ten)

    The Mirrors (part ten)     Charmante stooped for the angel, its porcelain, for all the bustle of its recent life, unharmed. The moth’s remains she brushed off above the waste can. She could dare one more question. Too many would be too much out of order, plain nosiness. And as to her […]

Charles Monselet: Cursed Money (part three)

        Charles Monselet Cursed Money 1863         Chapter One (continued) The Quai des Augustins     “And you are too indulgent. I’ve been watching you for some time, and it pains me to see how your carelessness in matters of trade increases by the day. I don’t speak of […]

The Totem-Maker: A Mother or a Father (part six)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eleven A Mother or a Father (part six)           The Prince’s siege prolonged itself. Ami did not, nor any emissary of his, appear to claim me. On days I had good morning light, I extended my translation of Noakale’s book, knitting it into my blanket, in the way […]

Yoharie: Breaking Up Together (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Yoharie Breaking Up Together (part three)             “She baked a cake once, and it cratered in the middle, and she filled it with this big blob of icing…and it wiggled, carrying to the table. And Mike said, what you baked in there, the cat? He was stabbing the cake with […]

The Mirrors (part eight)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

    The Mirrors (part eight)     Charleton begged sympathy with his homely, engaging face…and the pain of his gaze, the flinching curve of his body, the girl’s heedless indulgent smile, told, if Charmante weren’t being fanciful… “This one, in the tennis gear? Esta, were they sweethearts?” “Oh, she didn’t like him much.”   […]

Marjorie Bowen: The Sword Decides! (part fifty-six)

Posted by ractrose on 2 Jul 2022 in Fiction, Novels

Marjorie Bowen The Sword Decides! (part fifty-six)                   Simona sat a mule; all horses, nags, swaybacks, the hoof-rotted, were being mounted this morning for Ludovic’s cavalry. Tackle was lacking, so was courage to climb the bare back of an angry beast, its mouth tortured with a stray […]

The Mirrors (part seven)

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jun 2022 in Fiction, Novels

    The Mirrors (part seven)     She hoped Mr. Wright would happen by when she sat to lunch. Going through Esta’s trove with Carmine would not be helpful. At a bad time, it would tempt him away from his duties. Rothesay, it seemed to her, was the more at fault… Well, dismiss it. […]