SHE NEVER KNEW how she got the car started, how she held it in the road, how she got home without a serious accident. I love you. As you please. Had he not said that, perhaps she would have survived. If he had fought her fairly, she could have flung his words back at him, but she...

Dr. Finch arranged himself neatly on the sofa and leaned in toward her. He said, “I will talk straight to you, my darling. Do you know why? Because I can, now.” “Because you can?” “Yes. Look back, Jean Louise. Look back to yesterday, to the Coffee this morning, to this...

Her uncle began fidgeting with his coat pockets. He found what he was seeking, pulled one from the package, and said, “Have you a match?” Jean Louise was mesmerized. “I said, do you have a match?” “Have you gone nuts? You beat hell out of me when you caught me at it …...

SHE WALKED INTO the foyer of the office. She saw Henry still at his desk. She went to him. “Hank?” “Hello,” he said. “Seven-thirty tonight?” she said. “Yes.” As they made a date for their leave-taking, a tide was running, returning, and she ran to meet it. He was...