By Flannery O'Connor
The gathering that validated O'Connor's acceptance as one of many american masters of the fast tale. the amount includes the prestigious name tale, a story of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, in addition to “The Displaced Person" and 8 different tales.
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One of her arms had been discovered the day after the attack on a nearby rooftop. The other one was still missing. It was not a sight for a mother. “To say good-bye to my little girl,” moaned the woman. ” Roch had to think of something very fast. “No, Citizen Peusol,” he said, “I cannot let you, as the next of kin, see her. It would be against the rules. ” The woman nodded, tears flowing down her face. “Well,” she said, catching her breath between two sobs, “there’s my brother . ” Roch opened the door and called to a guard to bring some liquor.
Roch was astonished at finding such a creature here, like a flower growing on a dunghill. ” Roch stared. He had trouble believing that the young woman was Madame de Cléry’s daughter. “Well, Blanche dearest, Chief Inspector Miquel is from the police. ” Her eyes turned away, she waved in Blanche’s direction. ” Roch frowned. He was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the young woman was married. But then, why not? He had heard of Coudert, the banker, who had already been one of the richest men in Paris before the Revolution.
And Roch had no reason to complain, because, when the Prefecture had been created, Fouché had ensured his promotion to the rank of Chief Inspector. When Roch entered Dubois’s office on the 4th of Nivose, he saw all of the Division Chiefs already gathered there. Piis, the Secretary General, Dubois’s second-in-command, was standing by his superior’s desk. Piis was a former nobleman, an affable man, an excellent character even. His only defect was a profound lack of interest in police work. All Piis cared about was poetry and plays, his own in particular.