Peas in a Pod: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part two)               “I can read and write,” he’d told Mrs. Purfoy. Richard’s father had paid her ten dollars cash, extra, for two weeks lodging. She had been unwilling, when she’d accepted the money, to sign a […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (six)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part six)       My next choice had been the better one. Although when Sente beckoned me indoors, and his servant—that officious sort, inevitable, who elevates himself wherever two or three are gathered to one purpose—brandished a flat palm at Lom (making…only feebly…to stand), I had been inclined to […]

Peas in a Pod: part one

                        A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod     Its current carved the land Many more miles long Than the eye can see Landholders, granted degrees On the bank, exchanged in principle The ornamental alloy Gold     […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part five)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part five)         Any fortune indicated within a base-up triangle was taken reversed; and the four directions of the wind were the houses into which one’s spirit had been born: the north, of the intellect; east, of love; the south, of concealment; west, of the flesh. I […]

Gone Before: part two

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before (part two)               “Then when you get up there to visit,” Lawrence said, “you gon’ have yourself a story to tell.” Honoré had no answer. He knew what Lawrence hoped to imply…but did not know himself welcome among the Gremots; far […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part four)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part four)         It had been uneasy, my trailing after Mumas, charged to serve him…and to never mind him. “You will sort it out,” Cime said, with his good cheer. Yes. My hand, so careful, was not legible to Mumas. I scribbled, and ought to copy it […]

Gone Before: part one

A Figure from the Common Lot Gone Before (part one)                   iii. Gone Before   Fraught with mystery. He woke with these words in his mind, uncertain where they had come from. His face and chest were damp, the quilt wrapped too close, pushed under his nose […]

Yoharie: Totem-World

Yoharie Totem-World           “There’s been speculation Southey only did it as a kind of meta-joke…not to be inclusive, the way we talk about it now, but just to make a puzzle. One no one could work out the answer to. The few times his publisher issued any communication from him…I say […]

The House of Everard: part four

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part four)               But Peggy’s old bedstead was not a thing Richard wanted in the house. In his father’s dying days, the mattress had been badly soiled, but Peggy had aired it in the garden, turned it over, rather […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part three)

The Totem-Maker Jealousy (part three)           Now, the owners of these fields were townsmen. The town, behind its wall, sat central to the plateau, sited high in a bowl among fertile slopes; these descending from a naked peak leagues off, and trimmed by Cime’s boundary road. This, for a space, ran […]