Clay and Rainbows; A Novel

Clay and Rainbows; A Novel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...a woman asks for it, give it to her, even if she hurts you. Pain is the only garment Saint Peter will recognize at once. Suffering is knowledge. It warps some people; it has warped me, but I'm a coward. "Nearly all the people I know died either of assumed respectability or assumed vice. Grace Almirac, who is only a frame for other people's pictures, has got one hurt, the burning desire to be separated from the crowd if only by more paint on her lips than the world allows, or more leg than we agree to show. How it must hurt to be like that. And Flip, my daughter, who showed you heaven for a moment in a kiss, what is she like? We talk, she and I, in well-bred whispers--that's all. And something is making her miserable now, and she draws into her shell, and I, who carried her and bore her, know nothing. We are acquaintances, that's all. "I don't feel like a mother or a sister to you, but like a woman, more than a friend and not like a lover--just a woman, and I'm getting on for fifty. Does that shock you? And we have only met once or twice. It isn't morbid or unpleasant, but just the need for love some people have. "Don't mind this letter; burn it if you like, or keep it to think about. Only don't laugh at it; I couldn't bear that. And don't think it's a phase because the next you get will be merely flippant. How's my splendid counterpart, the cow? Stroke her wet nose for me and tell her I wouldn't dare to come within twenty yards of her. Do you want socks or soap, or anything, or are you fearfully self-reliant about those kind of things? "I'm getting fat. Good-bye. "augusta." In the silence of the room it was as if a voice had stopped speaking. He put the letter down and stared out of the window at the cold, moonlit...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565851
  • 9781236565853