Excerpt from A Drama in Sunshine: A Novel
He laughed softly and melodiously. The parson withdrew his gaze.
The room was in disorder, presenting to the observer a panorama of poverty, disease, and dirt. Without, it rained heavily, the great drops of water falling with sullen and rhythmic plashes upon the wooden shingles. Within, the gas from a broken jet ﬂared and ﬂickered, to the eye of the parson ominously.
It will soon be extinguished, said the man in bed, interpreting aright the thoughts of his visitor. For two weary months I've been living with the lights turned down. I'm waiting hopefully for them to be turned out.
The parson, at a loss for a seasonable word, held his peace. A gleam from a dark corner challenged his attention. Against the crude plaster of the wall leaned a malacca cane - a sprightly, fashionable, silver-mounted cane, grotesquely out of keeping with its sordid environment.
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