By Ruth Suckow
A dozen tales describe the lives of people who locate energy of their desires, and thoughts of small-town childhoods.
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His need, his domination, and his terrible dependence upon her, had forced out of her the sweetness of a compassion she had never known that she possessed. It held her to him with a tightness nothing more equal could have done. Mrs. Calverton was rightMrs. Calverton knew after all. His dominance, more imperious because more needful than her own, had crushed out of pain a strangled fragrance that without him she would never have known. Page 15 His mother died. Susan heard it at noon in the drugstore.
Their twitterings, their secrets, their eager veiled interest in every man who appeared. They all seemed silly to her; and there was even more interest in the saddened, subdued, mysteriously completed presence of Mrs. Calverton. Not that Susan thought much of Mrs. Calverton's great wisdom! One day she happened to pass the Doctor on the street. She had never really thought, before, of how handsome he wasand interesting, too, and mysterious! Living in that big old brick house, in the great lawn that was dark with trees, and with the dimly romantic legend of the "not quite right" aunt and invalid mother.
The whole affair would change its aspect for her. She would pity those two old women, who clung to the presence of their son, while Susan herself had all the best of him. She could look forward to the time when he would be hers altogetherwhen she could go to sleep beside him in a warm sweet luxury of ease, and wake up still beside him in the morning. And she thought that she was gladyes, ultimately glad. His need, his domination, and his terrible dependence upon her, had forced out of her the sweetness of a compassion she had never known that she possessed.
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