October 11th, 2010

blue legacy

10/10/10 10:10:10 (when the time of movement comes)

those who travel in public conveyances know that the persons thus united by chance do not immediately have anything to say to one another; unless under special circumstances, conversation rarely begins until they have gone some distance. this period of silence is employed as much in mutual examination as in settling into their places. minds need to get their equilibrium as much as bodies. when each person thinks he has discovered the age, profession, and character of his companions, the most talkative member of the company begins, and the conversation gets under way with all the more vivacity because those present feel a need of enlivening the journey and forgetting its tedium.

that is how things happen in french stage-coaches. in other countries customs are very different. englishmen pique themselves on never opening their lips; germans are melancholy in a vehicle; italians too wary to talk; spaniards have no public conveyances; and russians no roads. there is no amusement except in the lumbering diligences of france, that gabbling and indiscreet country, where every one is in a hurry to laugh and show his wit, and where jest and epigram enliven all things, even the poverty of the lower classes and the weightier cares of the solid bourgeois. in a coach there is no police to check tongues, and legislative assemblies have set the fashion of public discussion.

an hour later when the conversation began to lag, gerald, with a guile that belied the wide innocence of his bright blue eyes, proposed a game. as the night wore on and the drinks went round, there came a time when all the others in the game laid down their hands and gerald and the stranger were battling alone. the stranger shoved in all his chips and followed with the deed to his plantation. gerald shoved in all his chips and laid on top of them his wallet. if the money it contained happened to belong to the firm of o’hara brothers, gerald’s conscience was not sufficiently troubled to confess it before mass the following morning. he knew what he wanted, and when gerald wanted something he gained it by taking the most direct route. moreover, such was his faith in his destiny and four deuces that he never for a moment wondered just how the money would be paid back should a higher hand be laid down across the table. in after-thinking of it, i more easily excus’d myself for having made some use of cunning.

then, in my dream, crispy crispy benjamin franklin and the doctor went and had a talk with my boss.
suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.

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pigling bland slept like a top.

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