By Willa Cather
The attribute topics of Cather’s mature paintings are already found in her debut novella, an evocation of a sad love triangle.
Bartley Alexander, popular engineer of bridges, is a guy with a earlier who “looked as a tamer of rivers should look.” came upon via his mentor “sowing wild oats in London,” he back to the USA and the fee that made his identify. Now, married to his spouse of ten years, an opportunity stumble upon with actress Hilda Burgoyne, a nearly forgotten love from his prior, activates a doomed try and recapture the boundlessness of his youth.
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Good, good,” said Charlie. ” “. . a row of attics that ran the length of the third floor of the house . ” “Not attics, Max. Staff accommodation,” murmured Charlie. “Excellent. ” “. . I think there were half a dozen bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Oh, and a grass tennis court and outbuildings, barns and things like that. ” “I can see it now. Sounds to me like a stately home. General state of repair and decoration? ” Max shook his head. “No? Well, they’ve probably been keeping him busy in the Cotswolds.
He scribbled out a check, tore it from the book, and passed it across to Max. “There. ” Max looked down at Charlie’s scrawl and blinked. “Charlie, I can’t possibly . ” “Don’t be bloody stupid. If you sell the house, you can pay me back. And if you keep the house, we can turn it into some kind of mortgage. You can’t afford not to give it a go. This is the chance of a lifetime, old son. ” Max continued to protest and Charlie continued to insist as one Calvados led to another. Unnoticed by them as they talked, the restaurant had become empty and quiet.
Amis felt a glow of satisfaction as Max pushed back his chair. Lunch had gone according to plan; in fact, it couldn’t have gone better. He’d received a detailed, up-to-date brief on the deal, and, since Max had resigned, there wouldn’t be any severance to pay. Perfect. “Suit yourself,” he said. “Your decision. ” Max stood up, but Amis hadn’t finished with him. “Aren’t you forgetting something, my friend? ” He held out his hand. ” Max took the keys from his pocket and hesitated for a moment before dropping them carefully into Amis’s half-eaten crème brûlée.
Alexander's Bridge (The Art of the Novella) by Willa Cather