toll race rye 3

My heart was a small bird in my throat, I swear, and a hot prickle of anxiety sprung out all the length of my body.  I had already addressed myself to rebutting my cousin’s chilly, passionless marital proposals.  I had, indeed, asumed thematter quite closed betweenus. It had taken the greatest resolve on my part, […]

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toll race rye 2

“Jane – my dearest Jane.  You must know, by now, that the good Lord has no use for you in the role of humble schoolteacher!  It was not meant to be so: and mark my words, so it will not be!” O, reader, how my heart did sink to hear these words, from the lips […]

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toll race rye

“Jane – my dearest Jane.  You must know, by now, that the good Lord has no use for you in the role of humble schoolteacher!  It was not meant to be so: and mark my words, so it will not be!” O, reader, how my heart did sink to hear these words, from the lips […]

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whales and fat girls 6

she’s wearing a cardigan, and that’s all that she’s wearing.  Lee gives a deep sigh.  But that is at least a token of acknowledgement, to the pleas and the persuasions of the ward staff, over the last week. So he backs a little way out of the room, and holds the door almost shut, so […]

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whales and fat girls 5

she’s wearing a cardigan, and that’s all that she’s wearing.  Lee gives a deep sigh.  But that is at least a token of acknowledgement, to the pleas and the persuasions of the ward staff, over the last week. So he backs a little way out of the room, and holds the door almost shut, so […]

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whales and fat girls 3

Lee is a probationary nurse on the unit.  In effect, this means it’s his job to make sure that all the residents on the unit are up and dressed in time for breakfast in the dining room.  That’s unless they’ve got a damn good excuse. This doesn’t always get him a warm welcome from every […]

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whales and fat girls 2

PATIENT REPORT: NAME: Karen Wilkins AGE: 17 SYMPTOMATOLOGY AND ADMISSION: Karen is a healthy young woman who was admitted to the central city psychological disorder unit with an abrupt loss of speech and motor function, after first being exhaustively examined and treated in the hospital’s emergency department.  Several specialists have been brought in to consult, […]

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whales and fat girls

“Is it just me or do I look like a whale in this dress?” Karen’s parents put her in the mental hospital.  They do it when she wakes up, convinced that she’s an orca, a killer whale.  It happens when she’s seventeen: on her birthday. Initially, there were no explanations.  Noting but groans, deep, deep […]

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