When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik-but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?
He reached Victoria and took a taxi-cab to Charing Cross. He had a quarter of an hour to wait. Standing before the bookstall, he had that uncomfortable feeling again. He was being watched. He turned sharply and saw nothing but unoffending passengers. The man who had been watching him had turned a fraction of a second before, and Essley only saw his broad back as he stooped to fasten the strap of his valise.
The doctor, with a bitter little smile of self-disgust, returned to a contemplation of the bookstall. A flaming placard announced the fact that Cresswell Black had gained control of the F. and B. Railway. He bought a paper and read:
Abbot Sazas scurried up an apple tree an plucked several apples, putting them into the haversack slung over his shoulder, then leaping out of the higher branches into the next apple tree in the Redwall orchard, did the same as for the last tree, then did likewise for the rest of the apple trees in the orchard. The young squirrel then climbed down the tree, watching the squirrels who were doing the same with other types of trees. He turned and saw Folgrit the otter coming towards him with his paws still inkstained from recording.
Friar Bural flung up his hands in frustration. "Burr, you dibburns burst stop 'unning round these kitchens or you'll probably catch on foire, vurr." The mole grabbed one of the dibbuns and jogged him out and charged him with Sister Cripnim's arms as she came down from the dormitaries to try her hand at apple tarts and candied chestnuts. "Tark care o' 'im, but don't let 'im noir oi's kitchens. Oi'll 'ust round op more va rarscals."Sister Cripnim moved Sably the vole babe over to her left arm, ready to receive another dibbun with her right.
"Do you remember when we first joined this band, mate? When Commander Ratel had just saved us from another poison tooth snake? Then when 'e smelled some o' that 'obey stuff, then followed that nose of 'is till we were at that big beehive? Do you remember what happened next?"
Mr. French sat on one side, Mr. Kirby on the other, ofa handsome, broad-topped mahogany desk, equipped withtelephones and push buttons, and piled with papers,account books and letter files in orderly array. In markedcontrast to his partner's nervousness, Mr. French scarcelymoved a muscle, except now and then to take the cigarfrom his lips and knock the ashes from the end.
When his house was finished, Colonel French hired ahousekeeper, a coloured maid, a cook and a coachman,bought several horses and carriages, and, having sent toNew York for his books and pictures and several articlesof furniture which he had stored there, began housekeepingin his own establishment. Succumbing willingly to thecharm of old associations, and entering more fully intothe social life of the town, he began insensibly to thinkof Clarendon as an established residence, where he wouldlook forward to spending a certain portion of each year.The climate was good for Phil, and to bring up the boysafely would be henceforth his chief concern in life. Inthe atmosphere of the old town the ideas of race and bloodattained a new and larger perspective. It would be toobad for an old family, with a fine history, to die out, andPhil was the latest of the line and the sole hope of itscontinuance.
When the house was finished, the interior was simplebut beautiful. It was furnished in the style that had beenprevalent fifty years before. There were some modernadditions in the line of comfort and luxury - soft chairs,fine rugs, and a few choice books and pictures - for thecolonel had not attempted to conform his own tastes andhabits to those of his father. He had some visitors,mostly gentlemen, and there was, as Graciella knew,a lively curiosity among the ladies to see the houseand its contents.
Graciella was very much elated at this mark of thecolonel's friendship. She did not dream of declining theproffered token, and during the next dance her mind wasbusily occupied with the question of what it should be -a ring, a bracelet, a bicycle, a set of books? She needed adozen things, and would have liked to possess a dozenothers.
Graciella was not happy. She had reached the partingof the ways, and realised that she must choose betweenthem. And yet she hesitated. Every consideration ofprudence dictated that she choose Colonel French ratherthan Ben. The colonel was rich and could gratify all herambitions. There could be no reasonable doubt that hewas fond of her; and she had heard it said, by those moreexperienced than she and therefore better qualified tojudge, that he was infatuated with her. Certainly he hadshown her a great deal of attention. He had taken herdriving; he had lent her books and music; he had broughtor sent the New York paper every day for her to read.
Miss Laura went away with a radiantly hopeful face,and as she and Graciella went down the street, the colonelnoted that her step was scarcely less springy than herniece's. It was worth the amount of Fetters's old noteto make her happy; and since he meant to give her allthat she might want, what better way than to do it bymeans of this bit of worthless paper? It would be aharmless deception, and it would save the pride of threegentlewomen, with whom pride was not a disease, to poisonand scorch and blister, but an inspiration to courtesy, andkindness, and right living. Such a pride was worthcherishing even at a sacrifice, which was, after all, nosacrifice.
And so the colonel faltered, and, having put his hand tothe plow, turned back. But was not his, after all, the onlyway? For no more now than when the Man of Sorrowslooked out over the Mount of Olives, can men gathergrapes of thorns or figs of thistles. The seed which thecolonel sowed seemed to fall by the wayside, it is true;but other eyes have seen with the same light, and whileFetters and his kind still dominate their section, otherhands have taken up the fight which the colonel dropped.In manufactures the South has gone forward by leaps andbounds. The strong arm of the Government, guided by awise and just executive, has been reached out to crushthe poisonous growth of peonage, and men hitherto silenthave raised their voices to commend. Here and therea brave judge has condemned the infamy of the chain-gangand convict lease systems. Good men, North andSouth, have banded themselves together to promote thecause of popular education. Slowly, like all great socialchanges, but visibly, to the eye faith, is growing up anew body of thought, favourable to just laws and theirorderly administration. In this changed attitude of mindlies the hope of the future, the hope of the Republic.
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The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. 2b1af7f3a8