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By William Kowalski

Whilst Francie and Colt Hart force earlier an deserted 150-year-old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania, they either fall head-over-heels in love with it -- yet for solely assorted purposes. Colt, an formidable, hard-charging inventory dealer, sees it as a possible exhibit for his wealth. Francie, lengthy depending on antidepressants, hopes it is going to motivate her to renew the literary lifestyles she deserted whilst she married Colt ten years prior to; probably, she thinks, it is going to keep their faltering marriage. however the extra they know about the home, and particularly the tragic background of its past occupants (whose descendants are their new neighbors), the extra it threatens to force them aside. This P.S. version beneficial properties an additional sixteen pages of insights into the booklet, together with writer interviews, instructed interpreting, and extra.

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They lived in a silk world. Francie muted the television and watched with envy as these people talked gently to each other, imagining what they were saying, trying to read their lips, trying to figure out how it was really done. 5 A Historical Digression A dencourt was built, in its slapdash fashion, on the orders (and with the considerable family fortune, got by the slave trade) of Captain Victor T. Musgrove, gentleman-hero of the MexicanAmerican War of 1848, and of several unnamed Indian campaigns before then.

There was also an aged steamer trunk, the kind she had seen on Antiques Roadshow many a time. She pulled up the fragile domed lid and saw that it was empty. She tried, with her poet’s mind, to imagine what kind of person had owned this trunk, and from where they had come with it, and why. Or perhaps it had been purchased for a journey that was never taken, and that was why it was still here, empty. You looked at a trunk and you thought these things, because a trunk meant traveling and dream­ ing, she thought.

He was in Texas. The Mexican officer was nowhere to be seen. The field, in fact, was mostly empty. The Captain was never able to offer him­ self a reasonable explanation of that day. In fact, he was to puzzle over it for the rest of his life. What had happened to his enemy? Had someone else killed him? Had he himself been left for dead? Had Jesus come while he was unconscious and taken away all the righteous, leaving only the damned? It was one of those incidents that might have caused ordinary men to take stock of themselves and perhaps mend their ways, out of sheer gratitude.

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