By Eliza Graham
1822: l. a. giovane figlia illegittima di Byron muore in un convento in Italia, lontana dalla madre che los angeles adorava. 1838: los angeles giovane Alice Clarke, infelicemente sposata con un uomo violento, è inseguita nelle strade di Londra da un greco e da una donna che indossa un mantello nero.
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Uncle Folye went about in silence, planning nasty surprises for his family. He prowled through the neighborhood yards and rummaged in the garbage pails without turning up an honest bone. All alone, he thought his dark thoughts. To tell the truth, he had been a loner since infancy. One evening he went for a swim. In a pit by the river lay the carcass of a skinned horse. Uncle Folye stood staring in the still darkness at the gutted belly and ﬂayed legs. A monstrous thought made him tremble. So many bones could make you rich!
Bereh wiped his mustache with an elbow, said he was sure he would part one 21 get the hang of it, put down the mop, and welcomed his mother with Zelmenyaner cordiality. Aunt Malkaleh settled slowly into a chair, taking her time. ’’ ‘‘No. ’’ ‘‘Nothing you don’t know about,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve been learning to write—a little Yiddish, a little Russian . ’’ They beat around the bush for a while. You mustn’t think Aunt Malkaleh had forgotten her mission. Not at all. But there’s an art in talking to people—and it was no accident that clever Malkaleh had been chosen for the job, even though Uncle Yuda would gladly have taken it on himself, as he declared that afternoon, to beat the living daylights out of his new son-in-law.
She asked. ’’ She smiled to herself and went back to her book. Uncle Zishe looked at his wife. ‘‘Did you hear that, Gita? ’’* ‘‘And what if he were? ’’ Tonke spat, threw her bread on the ﬂoor, put out her kerosene lamp, turned her head to the wall, and pulled the blanket over it. It was dark and still. You could hear a pin drop between the slow ticks of Uncle Zishe’s many clocks, pitter-pattering in the next room like a heavy rain. It was so dark you couldn’t see a thing. * Tsar Nicholas II (Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov)—the last emperor of the Russian Empire, executed by the Bolsheviks along with the entire royal family in 1918.
Allegra by Eliza Graham