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Unformatted text preview: hat was uncalled for." "I'll kill myself before I go to Parchman." "I don't blame you. Let's talk about something pleasant." "You can't keep this case, can you, Karl?" Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html "No. Of course not. I'll have to recuse myself." "When?" "Pretty soon." "Who'll get it?" "Either Trussel or Lanks, probably Trussel." Karl stared at him intently as he spoke. Patrick was having trouble with eye contact. Karl was waiting for a telling flicker from the eyes, followed by a grin, then a laugh as Patrick broke down and bragged about his escapades. "Come on, Patrick," Karl wanted to say. "Let's hear it. Tell me the whole story." But the eyes were distant. This was not the same Patrick. Karl felt compelled to try. "Where'd you get that chin?" "Bought it in Rio." "And the nose?" "Same place, same time. You like it?" "It's handsome." "In Rio, they have drive-through plastic surgery shops." "I hear they have beaches." "Unbelievable beaches." "Did you meet any girls down there?" "A couple." Sex was not a subject Patrick had ever dwelt on. He enjoyed a long, admiring gaze at an attractive woman, but, to Karl's knowledge, he had remained faithful to Trudy throughout their marriage. Once, at deer camp, they had compared notes about their wives. Patrick had admitted it was a challenge to keep Trudy satisfied. A long pause, and Karl realized Patrick was in no hurry to talk. The first minute passed in silence, and the second one dragged on. Karl was happy to visit, even delighted to see his friend, but there was a limit to how long he could sit in a dark room and stare at the walls. "Look, Patrick, I will not hear your case, so I'm not here as your Judge. I'm not your lawyer. I'm your friend. You can talk to me." Patrick reached...
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This note was uploaded on 07/18/2010 for the course LIT 301 taught by Professor Dra during the Spring '10 term at American College of Computer & Information Sciences.
- Spring '10