Past All Dishonor

By James M. Cain

New york 1946 First and moment versions earlier than Printing. Sm.8vo., 232pp., hardcover. VG in strong DJ, small stains close to folds, small closed tear on entrance fold, slender chip at head of backbone, a number of chips alongside edges.

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And so in Brewer’s blood we washed out all she were, and stated we have been married, and that she was once a virgin till tonight, and i was once. 12 WE STAYED THERE days. We either had a bit cash, and she’d drop down within the city and purchase stuff and hold it to the mouth of the gully, and I’d meet her and hold it the steep a part of the trail, after which I’d tie a string to the basket deal with and she’d climb the ladder that resulted in our go with the flow mouth and pull it up. within the mine a bit manner was once a spring of the chilly water they often struck on the higher degrees, and in a toolbox i discovered an previous lunch bucket, so we have been very well for whatever to boil in. For firewood I used mine timbers that I broke up with a pickaxe that was once within the field. overdue the 1st day, within the brush, i realized a few quail and obtained ahead of they rose. Broiled, with an previous mine needle run via them for a spit, they have been lovely sturdy. the second one day, whereas she was once down within the city, I regarded up from the paper she had introduced the day sooner than, and in entrance of me, discovering the ledge, used to be a tender goat, what they name a child. In Virginia there’s no grazing for cows, yet goats could make out, and some humans preserve them, for the milk they provide, and to consume. I acquired out my gun, and laughed at how I’d fresh my customer and dermis him sooner than she bought again, inform her it used to be a lamb that should have strayed from a few butcher’s backyard, after which have a funny story on her after she’d eaten a couple of slices. yet then i presumed: How the hell did he get right here? We used a ladder, yet he couldn’t, whether he was once a goat. And there wasn’t the other manner up there, that I knew of. He saved coming and that i saved quiet, the place i used to be sitting on the head of the ladder, so i'll watch the mouth of the gully. while he observed me he stopped, yet after he proposal it over he got here on back and become the float. The blankets and stuff slowed him down too, yet beautiful quickly he went in. I tiptoed over and peeped. The water was once what he sought after, and once he sucked up a bellyful he got here out, seemed me all over again, and began again. I undefined, and he ran. after which he simply wasn’t there. It was once like a few trick on a degree, the place the guy waves a tablecloth and the rabbit is long gone. I went over to the final position he used to be, and all i'll see used to be a directly face of rock. yet then I occurred to step to at least one aspect, and all of the sudden, from that attitude, you'll see a gap, form of a crack, approximately 4 ft excessive, and ten or twelve inches throughout at its widest position, which was once on the backside. I lay on my stomach and seemed. so far as you'll relatively see, the crack went instantly into the rock, yet additional inside of there has been a few kind of a mirrored image that seemed like there has been a gap. I bought a few candles from the toolchest, lit one, and crawled in. The crack, i guess, saved on for twenty or thirty ft, yet then it led into an outdated stope, a kind of rooms they stored engaged on till it’s as large as a three-story condominium. This used to be that enormous a minimum of, however the weight of the head had beaten the timbering, so every thing had caved in, and possibly opened the crack I had are available in by way of.

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