By R.M. Vaughan
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Samson was the last male of the family; new triumphs and a streamlined, twentieth-century bossi- A Quilted Heart — 41 ness were expected of him. But it was too late for the blood, and he failed early. Nevertheless, the thought of selling Brindle House frightened Samson. Like all people with inherited pleasures, Samson was neurotically superstitious. Technically, he could never be made less than rich, by neither disaster nor stupidity. But his mind relentlessly scripted elaborate scenarios of degrading poverty and complementary sickness — the first act of each drama beginning with the sale of the estate.
And the black paper over the windows. This house is beautiful, but designed for another time, a time when people minded their own business. The doors are not flush with the floor. Sounds pass between rooms like snakes. And Sylvain was always dictating out loud, to himself. I tried to seal him in, with paper and Persian carpets. I really just wanted him to shut up; but after all, I'd started it. So I convinced myself that I was creating a healthy vacuum for his creativity. Not that he needed any.
Except doctors, of course. you must understand, he was winning. " Outside the house, a child ran through the dark hedges, calling after a dog. Marsh heard the sounds of branches breaking, a dog cornered, a stick thumping against fur and dog bone. A child crying, hating himself. "I went mad," Samson said. "I'm not prepared to defend my actions. They're outside of cause and effect. Sylvain ordered a book on medieval poisons, for his reasearch. When the library boy came to collect, I gave him another book; a collection of verse, in Italian, to throw A Quilted Heart — 51 him off the scent.
A Quilted Heart by R.M. Vaughan