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Evening in Glenavelin

From the heart of a great hill land Glenavelin stretches west and south to the wider Gled valley, where its stream joins with the greater water in its seaward course. 

Its head is far inland in a place of mountain solitudes, but its mouth is all but on the lip of the sea, and salt breezes fight with the flying winds of the hills. 

It is a land of green meadows on the brink of heather, 

of far-stretching fir woods that climb to the edge of the uplands and sink to the fringe of corn. 

Now here is there any march between art and nature, 

for the place is in the main for sheep, and the single road which threads the glen is little troubled with cart and crop-laden wagon. 

Midway there is a stretch of wood and garden around the House of Glenavelin, the one great dwelling-place in the vale. 

But it is a dwelling and a little more, for the home of the real lords of the land is many miles farther up the stream, 

in the moorland house of Etterick, where the Avelin is a burn, and the hills hang sharply over its source. 

To a strnger in an afternoon it seems a very vale of content, basking in sun and shadow, green, deep, and silent. But it is also a place of storms, for its name means the "glen of white waters," and mist and snow are commoner in its confines than summer heats.

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As the manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards
and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over
him in his survey of the bustling place. There is a great quantity of
eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the
contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling; there are
bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets,
policemen on the look-out, quacks (OTHER quacks, plague take them!)
bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the
tinselled dancers and poor old rouged tumblers, while the
light-fingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind. Yes, this
is VANITY FAIR; not a moral place certainly; nor a merry one, though
very noisy. Look at the faces of the actors and buffoons when they
come off from their business; and Tom Fool washing the paint off his
cheeks before he sits down to dinner with his wife and the little Jack
Puddings behind the canvas. The curtain will be up presently, and he
will be turning over head and heels, and crying, "How are you?"
A man with a reflective turn of mind, walking through an exhibition of
this sort, will not be oppressed, I take it, by his own or other
people's hilarity. An episode of humour or kindness touches and
amuses him here and there--a pretty child looking at a gingerbread
stall; a pretty girl blushing whilst her lover talks to her and chooses
her fairing; poor Tom Fool, yonder behind the waggon, mumbling his bone
with the honest family which lives by his tumbling; but the general
impression is one more melancholy than mirthful. When you come home
you sit down in a sober, contemplative, not uncharitable frame of mind,
and apply yourself to your books or your business.


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When the sound of her snoring filled the room, Ethan thought it safe to get out of the bed. Lynne was a hard sleeper and he knew the workout he had given her would most definitely put her out until the early morning lights when she would be craving for more. Picking up the two condoms he had used, he dumped them in the garbage. The slut hadn't even notice he'd faked an orgasm. He'd been doing this for the past three times they had intercourse. He was trying to be the unsuspecting husband, but it was difficult when the stupid cunt didn't even make an effort anymore to hide her infidelity from him. She just thought he was downright stupid. Three lovers he'd found already and he worried there were more of them well placed with easy access to her open arms.
Staring down at her, he felt an inclination to kill her. He could take the thick king size pillow and cover her face up so she would never utter another word again and never enjoy being in the arms of another man. The lying stupid cunt. Damn! Why did she have to be his wife?
Crossing the large bedroom, furnished in black wood and purple -his favorite colors -he picked up her purse and opened the organizer. Did she purposely write in her lover's appointment times knowing he could look, or did she think he was just too stupid to look? Either way, he had found out about the many lovers of Lynne Gray-Black about two months ago or the thought of her sleeping with other men didn't bother him as much as he thought it would. He had never loved her in the beginning. She was just something to do, but when she became pregnant three years ago, he was honorable man and married her. She lost the baby in its eighth month when she decided to get drunk and crash a brand new Mercedes into a tree at eighty miles and hour. The doctor said the little boy was practically ripped out the placenta and the cord around his neck choked him to death.


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Vermeil, Ontario
Fall 1999
The blast scattered bits and pieces of debris over Tanya Caldwell and her canvas. She stared at the glitter of glass speckled on the red tile shingles of her unfinished painting, on her brush and palette, on her hand. Her face. She touched her cheek. Blood as red as the painted shingles coated her fingertips.
"Kathy?" she said. "Kathy, what was that? Where are you?" Her legs shaking, Tanya looked through her broken window and into the driveway.
* * *
In the hospital, they treated Tanya for shock and stitched the deep laceration on her forehead. They couldn't treat the wound in her mind. The Emergency Room admitted her overnight for observation.
"You met this Tanya Caldwell before?" Detective Albert Warner of the Vermeil Police Station asked. He turned toward the front of the hospital elevator and pushed the button for the third floor.
"Yes. Once," Constable Joe Halliday replied. "She had an accident. Actually, she's had more than one. She reported each of them right after they happened."
"What do you know about her?"
"She seemed quiet, well-mannered. Neat. Dark hair and eyes, medium build. She's twenty-two, a student at MacKenzie Academy for the Visual Arts. She's an artist." Halliday hesitated. "A bit strange, maybe? Bottles things up, I think. A dreamer. But aren't all creative people a little off?" He shrugged. Warner frowned.


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Description: 1898. Doyle, the English novelist best known for his Sherlock Holmes detective books, also wrote historical novels. A Desert Drama first appeared in serial form. 

The book begins: The public may possibly wonder why it is that they have never heard in the papers of the fate of the passengers of the Korosko. 

In these days of universal press agencies, responsive to the slightest stimulus, 

it may well seem incredible that an international incident of such importance should remain so long chronicle. 

Suffice it that there were very valid reasons, both of a 


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