All the Days and Nights: The Collected Stories by William Maxwell

By William Maxwell

From the yankee booklet Award-winning writer of Ancestors and Time Will Darken comes a masterful number of tales, spanning greater than 50 years--a travel of a global that engages readers completely, and whose characters command the inner most loyalty and tenderness.

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Almost I wishedI had gonewith Soames-not indeed to stay in the reading-room,but to sally forth for a brisk sight-seeing walk arounda new London. I wanderedrestlesslyout of the Park I had sat in. Vainly I tried to imaginemyselfan ardenttourisi from the eighteenthcentury. Long befoie seveno'clock I was back at the Vingtidme. Air camein listlesslythrough the opendoor behindme. Now and againRoseor Bertheappearedfoi a moment. A hurdygurdy beganto play, abruptly drowning the noise of a quarrel between some 42 THE BOOK OF FANTASY Frenchmenfurther up the street.

And my shamewas the deeperand hotter becausehe, if you please,stared straightat me with the utmost haughtiness. To be cut-deliberately cut-by him! | was, I still am, furious at havinghad that happento me. The TaiI of theSphinx witer, is notedfor his Ambrose Bierce (born 1842),Ameican journalistand short-story imaginationand brittiant cynicism,as displayedin Can Such Things Be? (1893)and The in Mexicosornetimein 1913. My notion is that tails are given to conceal thought. ' THE SQUID IN ITS O\urN INK 49 'My friend, you must recognizethe laws and limitations of your beingr' 'and try to repliedthe Tail, with flexionsappropriateto the sentimentsuttered, qualifications be greatsomeother way.

J\7f ore has happened in this town during the last few days than in the whole of lVrthe rest of its history. In order fully to appreciate what I am saying, remember that I'm talking about one of the oldest towns in the province, one that has witnessed countless outstanding events: its foundation in the middle of the nineteenth century; cholera some time later-an outbreak which luckily did not reach maior proportionsl and the threat of a surprise attack by the Indians, which although it never actually happened, kept people in check for five years, when farms near the border were troubled by Indians.

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