Excerpt from A Name for Evil: A Novel
Hen I saw the house I said, The lines are good. It is in bad repair, but it will suit my purpose all the better. Its decay was not such that it was beyond restoration. Perhaps I should say regener ation, for I had bought more than a house. There was land attached and because land has history, is history rather, involving lives and fateful happenings, it is more exact to say regeneration. I ignored this fact, looking over the house with her that fall afternoon and talking excitedly over the problems which the abuse of indif ferent tenants and croppers had caused, in 'their brutish way emphasizing the neglect of the owners. How sad, I reﬂected, and how evil a thing it is, to let a noble establishment be put into the hands of the depraved who care only for draining the land of its strength, al ways taking out, never putting back the food of life! But at the. Moment I must confess it was the house which occupied me. In spite of the decay it was beau tiful on that day, a day bright and cool with the first dry breath of autumn. How much I would have spared us all, had I faced logically the entire meaning of the ruin we were about to enter and make our own!
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