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By J. L. Carr
In J. L. Carr's deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the nice conflict and a damaged marriage, arrives within the distant Yorkshire village of Oxgodby the place he's to revive a lately chanced on medieval mural within the neighborhood church. residing within the bell tower, surrounded by way of the resplendent geographical region of excessive summer season, and laboring on a daily basis to discover an nameless painter's depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin unearths that he himself has been restored to a brand new, and hopeful, attachment to existence. yet summer time ends, and with the paintings performed, Birkin needs to depart. Now, lengthy after, as he displays at the passage of time and the facility of paintings, he reveals in his stories a few comfort for all that has been misplaced.
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Argent screamed, turned, and threw herself down the slope. The jaws snapped shut inches from the back of her neck. A furnace blast of heat singed her jerkin and set her cap ribbons alight, then the dragon lost its hold on the earth and floated up into the sky, screaming with rage. Argent ran down the hillside with huge strides, desperately batting out the flames that were turning her cap ribbons to ash. She knew she had been very lucky to survive. The great beast had used a lot of energy in its slow descent to the earth, and the heat coming off it was not as fierce as it could have been.
The house did not feel like home anymore. Danny was not there and, in some weird and intrusive way, Lisa had taken over from her mother. Ellie glanced up at Danny’s bedroom window as she closed the front gate. Her mother was standing there, and Ellie half raised a hand before she realized that Mrs. Brody was not looking at her, but staring off down the street. She was watching for Danny coming home. Ellie felt stupid. She used her raised hand to tuck some stray strands of hair behind her ear instead and shifted her gaze away from Danny’s window to the hillside behind the house.
But Morgana was too frightened not to look. She turned her head, lost her footing, and somersaulted down the slope before coming to a halt in a winded heap. Argent reached Morgana in ten strides and tried to set her on her feet again, but the terrified little girl could not, or would not, stand up. Frantically Argent scanned the hillside above them. The whole copse was in flames now. A thick smudge of black smoke rose into the blue sky and, rising with it, came the dragon. As Argent watched, the dragon angled its wings and allowed itself to soar up into the sky.
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr