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 […]

Baron Haussmann’s Story of the Murderous Innkeepers

From Mémoires de baron Haussmann, 1890                 excerpted from a section called Excursions           These events take place in the 1830s, Haussmann on his way to his new job at Nérac, the post he held in our last story of his assisting George Sand. […]

My Blog Week: August 30 to September 5

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Doom and Gloom         A thought occurs, that we keep seeing videos of violent police encounters, where the citizen finds him/herself in a wrong place and very […]

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, […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part seven)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part seven)                               iv.     Happily, she felt braced again next day, when the carrier brought a letter from M. Patrice Conan. He had occupied with distinction a chair in the university’s Department of Literature at Rennes; […]

Storms and Fires: First Allied Forces

    The Folly Allied Forces         Storms and Fires   The hearth, riddled so, complains The host has taken on a task he might have seen was never to be ledgered done Business as usual, for a time…? I don’t know, he answers the airless remark of the guest, That I […]

The Mirrors (part sixteen)

The Mirrors (part sixteen)                             William agreed. That smell. Those white crooked fingers. Ain’t drunk, go to hell. You put your hand on a dead man if you want. The boss muttered, pushed past and shook Leonce. Veronica said: “I guess he […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part five)

Yoharie Because Society (part five)             Why, he meant. What are you really saying? Time, Giarma. “Trevor, I think people should not get married.” She found her hands doing Power Point gestures. “I can’t fix this until I hear how it comes out, so hang in. What it is, is… […]

My Blog Week: August 23 to August 29

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   False Scruples         For a moment, let’s consider a recent Pew Research Center report of August 11, which finds that the term Latinx is used by only […]