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Unformatted text preview: ho was horribly embarrassed by Iris's indiscretion, and who felt the only honorable way out was to kill her lover. He had thought about killing her, but didn't want to go to prison. He felt safer killing a black kid. A Ford County jury would be more sympathetic. "And he wants to do it himself," Harry Rex explained. "That way he can save the five grand." He enjoyed delivering such dire news to me, but he did admit that he hadn't seen his client in a year and a half, and he wasn't sure if Mr. Durant hadn't already remarried. - --- Thursday at noon we settled down at the table on the porch and thanked the Lord for the delicious meal we were about to receive. Esau was at work. As the garden ripened in late summer, we had enjoyed many vegetarian lunches. Red and yellow tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in vinegar, butter beans, snap beans, peas, okra, squash, boiled potatoes, corn on the cob, and always hot corn bread. Now, as the air was cooler and the leaves were turning, Miss Callie was preparing heartier dishes—duck stew, lamb stew, chili, red beans and rice with pork sausage, and the old standby, pot roast. Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html The meal that day was chicken and dumplings. I was eating slowly, something she had encouraged me to do. I was half through when I said, "Sam called me, Miss Callie." She paused and swallowed, then said, "How is he?" "He's fine. He wants to come home this Christmas, said everybody else was coming back, and he wants to be here." "Do you know where he is?" she asked. "Do you?" "No." "He's in Memphis. We're supposed to meet tomorrow, up there." "Why are you meeting with Sam?" She seemed very suspicious of my involvement. "He wants me to help him. Max and Bobby told him about our friendship. He said he thinks I'm a white person who can be trusted." "It could be dangerous," she said. "For who?" "Both of you." Her doctor was conce...
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