By Carson McCullers
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A vintage paintings that has charmed generations of readers, this assortment assembles Carson McCullers’s top tales, together with her cherished novella “The Ballad of the unhappy Café.”
A haunting story of a human triangle that culminates in an fantastic brawl, the novella introduces readers to overlook Amelia, a powerful southern girl whose café serves because the town’s accumulating position.
Among different high-quality works, the gathering additionally contains “Wunderkind,” McCullers’s first released tale written while she used to be purely seventeen a couple of musical prodigy who by surprise realizes she is going to now not move directly to turn into an outstanding pianist. The Ballad of the unhappy Café is a superb research of affection and longing from one of many South’s most interesting writers.
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Don't come in, Rhiannon,” Alice said. Rhiannon came in. ” “What she means,” Alice said, “is that we've checked her and she isn't pregnant. ” Rhiannon didn't look at her mother, just gazed with wide eyes at her father. “You didn't need to—hurt yourself, Daddy. I forgive you. People lose control sometimes. ” It was too much for Howard. He cried out, shouted his confession, how he had manipulated her all his life, how he was an utterly selfish and rotten parent, and when it was over Rhiannon came to her father and laid her head on his chest and said, softly, “Father, it's all right.
He took it by the neck with one hand and picked up the knife with the other. He carried both to the toilet. He had to flush twice to handle the flow of blood and pus. Howard wondered if the child was infected with some disease—the white fluid was thick and at least as great in volume as the blood. Then he flushed seven more times to take the pieces of the creature down the drain. Even after death, the suction pads clung tightly to the porcelain; Howard pried them off with the knife. Eventually, the child was completely gone.
It had to be a nightmare. In the middle of the night, in a bathroom lighted by a single bulb, with a travesty of humanity writhing on the floor, Howard could not believe that it had any reality. Could it be a mutation that had somehow lived? Yet the thing had far more purpose, far more control of its body than any human infant. The baby slithered across the floor as Howard, in pain from the wounds on his body, watched in a panic of indecision. The baby reached the wall and cast a flipper onto it.
Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers