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

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four: The Eye of a Magpie i. The House of Gremot                 “Mr. Jerome, please forgive me.” Lovas cleared his throat. “Do you recognize these papers…do you acknowledge them, sir?” With the sleeve of his dressing gown, Honoré blotted away tears. […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part nine)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part nine)                         She opened the door of an adjoining room. The boy put aside his picture-book and came to greet Annie. He was a pretty child, delicate, his thin face overweighed by a high forehead, his large feverish eyes shadowed […]

The Mirrors (part eighteen)

The Mirrors (part eighteen)                             A dollar half-slip had been the hasty plan. These shops, in their way, counted as neighborhood; Charmante worked on Dumain and could have, if she’d liked, walked down to browse. A little conversation, before she committed herself […]

The Totem-Maker: Crafter Becomes Maker (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Eight Crafter Becomes Maker (part seven)             “His knife he must carry. His two companions wait for him below the ridge that encircles the lake. He will in great stealth approach. With speed and in secret descend, and tell what he has seen.” Some of these words […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Peas in a Pod third)

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod                       “And no reason,” Haws added to Richard, “why you shouldn’t try the catfish. Our cook is careful about the bones. Arthur, this guest is Richard Everard. Richard, where have you come to […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Gone Before second)

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before                             One of these letters, Honoré knew by heart. (Some of its phrases, it was true, he knew only by heart, and had not quite got their meaning.) He reviewed Tweedloe’s intelligence, red-faced in […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part eight)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part eight)                   On the designated evening, Annie went to the town hall, accompanied by her uncle. They were among the first to arrive, and found seats in a good row not far from the stage. When Patrice Conan appeared, he was greeted by […]

The Mirrors (part seventeen)

The Mirrors (part seventeen)                         “I really need to go home first. It’s not much past seven, is it? Last night I couldn’t let my aunt know why I didn’t…there’s no phone line out that way. Someone would have to have walked from the […]

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

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard                 Richard had thought he would never marry. He had thought, many times since his visit to Louisville, of the high-handed rejection of Miss Haws. But weighing the question of Verbena, he found that his mind had resolved […]

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

A Figure from the Common Lot Jerome (part three)               This stating of the case could hardly be perfected upon. Good manners required that Jerome rise and offer his hand, but he’d seated himself in the middle of the bench…he would need something to brace against. “I am Jerome, […]