Sequence: Rite of Spring (part two)

Sequence of Events Chapter Five Rite of Spring (part two)           Oh, holy crap, Gersome said to himself, again. Am I in school? Zeda Van Nest leant forward, fingering, with an absent expression, the glass to which her husband had drawn attention. Gersome presumed this only a mannerism, but wondered if […]

Sequence: Rite of Spring (part one)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Five Rite of Spring (part one)               Not much, I know you prize/What pleasures may be had Who look on life with eyes/Estranged, like mine, and sad   “From The Hymn of Empedocles” Matthew Arnold     Talou had not, after all, tracked his prey […]

A Figure from the Common Lot: conclusion

Posted by ractrose on 14 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Four The Eye of a Magpie section ii. Élucide (conclusion)         Jerome had been Ebrach’s reason for arriving and was his reason for leaving. And what was Ebrach to Jerome? A kind of cicerone, helping him to make his way in America. Or a kind […]

Totem: To Be and to Choose (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Four To Be and to Choose (part three)       “The case is that known to some of you, of the slave Hanit. She had been sent to bear a gift of wine to the marriage feast of Vlan Androchas. This wine was poisoned with the seeds of the rosira tree; […]

Sequence: Brickbats (part three)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

Sequence of Events Chapter Four Brickbats  (part three)       “Ethan, make Harvey an offer on this place, why don’t you? Harvey doesn’t like me for a friend. But he likes you.” “You’re wrong, Junior,” Harvey said. “I doubt anyone likes Ethan. Now I think of it, I suppose it would not tarnish your […]

Élucide: part seven

Posted by ractrose on 7 Oct 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part seven)               They scurried apart; Sarah down the stairs, and Élucide, after swiping at the glass with her sleeve, up. She stood silent on the hall runner, then began to tip-toe, coaching herself. She need only, if caught, make a convincing […]

Élucide: part six

Posted by ractrose on 30 Sep 2018 in Fiction, Novels

A Figure from the Common Lot Élucide (part six)             The sensation, within the house of Gremot, and the import, of Mr. Ebrach’s ceremony at the Everards’, had been potent; yet the event so extraordinary, so anomalous, that Papa’s response to Ziegler’s intelligence was, until the following morning, silence. It […]