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Unformatted text preview: her see visions. That was Mother's life of late. I might tell her Katherine had died and come back to earth and we had to be good to her. And who knows? She might have bought it. "Don't worry, my beautiful girl," I said. "I'll take you home if you want to go, and your little babies with you. All the family is there as always." She nodded her head, and gestured in a helpless graceful way as if to say it was in my hands. I kissed her and held her in my arms, and then laid her down to rest, assuring her that I would sit with her until morning. The door was closed. The nurse was gone. The little boys were quiet, wherever they were. I went out of the room to have a smoke. I saw Lasher. He stood at the foot of the staircase looking up at me. He said in his silent voice, Study this house. Study its doors, its rooms, its patterns. Riverbend will perish as did the citadel we built in far-off Saint-Do- mingue, but this house will last to serve its purpose. A dreamy feeling came over me. I went down the stairs, and began to do...
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- Spring '10