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'I can't thank you enough.' Taxi asked, 'It's an upside-down thing, isn't it, for people to kill other people.' "I was the interfering bitch. Mac's feet could be heard coming up the stairs slowly, not his usual leaping up two or three steps at a time. 'Frankie had all her shots and everything in Corinth and Jacksonville.' Art forgave me, as I forgave him. It was amazingly wonderful of him to drop everything and go to Paris to be there with Father.' Listen, I'm having a generous impulse, take advantage of it. There are two Creation stories, which are amazing only in their closeness to what the scientists now tell us. We don't need , much.' 'But he kept in touch?' 'Was it Emerson?' Camilla's labor was long and exhausting, but then came the incredible moment of push and rush and the doctor said, 'It's a little girl, a beautiful little girl.' 'He knew, didn't he? This suggestion-command-of her father's was almost as much of a shock as her mother's death. "Grandmother, does my mom know all this, what you've told me about Taxi being taken away from you for three years and all?" Sorry. Waited every night, just to stare, to admire, in awed silence, while others shoved programs at him for autographs. It's not going to change. Dr. Edison returned. Yes, he's good.' I'm sorry, Camilla, I can guess how you're feeling, but I don't want you farther from the hospital than the university.' WELL On Sunday evening the youth group came, bringing a kitten, carried tenderly by Pinky Morrison. .." "Yes." And7x10=70.6x11=66. "He'll put me down." Sharilee was outraged at the reviews, at being compared unfavorably with Taxi, whose youthful freshness and wistfulness pleased both audience and critics. "Did this disturb you?" Camilla was silent with shock. Again she shook her head. Suddenly a sob of sorrow and guilt choked her. There's no way the king could satisfy that request. You're the one person she really trusts." Frank smiled. There was one picture on the wall, a silk screen of a Rouault clown. Whenever you play it, wherever I am, we'll be together.' 'We were stupid. "Let's go into the kitchen. She left, slamming the door behind her. If one chased a beam of light at the velocity of light, then the caught-up-with light should be at rest. She felt comfortable only at the university, and in Dr. Edison's office, which was in one of the air-conditioned new buildings. 'Psychiatrists are only people with a little more training than the rest of us. 'I was there to help Mae.' They did not hear from him again until three months later, when the show came to New York and died quickly from the faint praise of the critics. 'Oh! Raffi rang the bell and pushed open the door, which Camilla locked only at night. "I need to cut my toenails. Madeleine L'Engle200 'Your youth group will help. And everything that Satan had predicted came to pass. The bishop said, 'I think this is one of the situations where there is no right choice. He'll come back when he's got it all absorbed. ,Possible.' 'Peasants.' A large pot on the stove was steaming, and Camilla put in a small package of fettuccini. She read for half an hour, until all the taut muscles in her body had relaxed. He held out his hand, revealing a wide gold band, and a smaller band with a diamond in a Tiffany setting. 'A senior. 'So Mac told you about Cissie.' -All the time. 'You didn't dump. Camilla asked, coming over to her and sitting beside her on the bench. Luisa was on full scholarship and studied wherever she was, a cigarette in the corner of her mouth, long slugs of ashes dropping onto the pages. In a place like this, with someone who is-was-my friend.' 'Leukemia. She lost enormous sums of money at the casino in Monte Carlo, so much she'd have been in serious trouble if she'd lived. By whose standards do A Live Coal in the Sea,75 we compare? 'I'm going to take a bath.' He'll listen to Art. From the school's point of view, he had adapted reasonably well, got his work in mostly on time, and was the star both of the chorus and of the drama club. Why aren't you at the Church House on Sunday? Art produced a bottle of Armagnac. Camilla, please take the baby. Taxi's moods, his unpredictability, were part of the pattern. Noelle Grange: Professor Grange's daughter. 'He's right,' Noelle said. But it goes back a long way. I can take the train down Friday after my last class in the morning. I don't want to blame a stupid accident on God.' The rectory was quiet. He did have a will, an old one. 'Don't worry, my darling. But he's gentle and understanding and not a bit of a chauv. Mac raised his eyebrows. Her mother, she suspected, continued to have affairs. 'Not with him,' Camilla said. 'It doesn't sound like nothing.' 'When I was at a con-con-con-' 'Conference?' Then she sobered. We have to pray that we make the choice that is the least wrong.' "Was there a lot?" And I didn't expect other people to be good. He wouldn't let me help dry him, but I saw a funny little round scar on the back of his shoulder and asked him about it. For no reason, she thought of Luisa, wanted to reach for Madeleine L'Engle-170 the phone and call, even if it was two o'clock in the morning. They approached her, and she came toward them, not hurrying. There'll be no roses in my mother's garden.' It comes from the diocese where the-' There -a a choking pause. Water is condensed air, and he pushed it even further, so that air was the origin of water, earth, and fire.' She was in love with Mac, and she believed that it was reciprocal, and she wanted to keep it for the two of them alone. Mac, I'm so confused. followed by Frankie, equally loud, both of them waiting for Mac to pick them up and swing them. 'Oh, my darling,' he moaned, and in the protection of his arms her tears came. 'No. she asked Mac. A Live Coal in the Sea»315 'Of course.' 'You're right,' Mac said. The children, responding to the multiple tensions, were whiny, and after Pinky had fed them and left with her brother and Freddy, Camilla put Frankie and Taxi to bed. 'I hate Gordie Byrd.' Frankie held up her hand, as she usually did when she wanted attention. The affectionate names slipped out eas ily. I hate them! Bright and inquiring and brave." He was being married in England, in Cambridge, and he wanted them to be there, to get to know his bride, and he hoped Mac would be his best man. A Live Coal in the Sea299 "Grange and Rose both loved being loved." That was similar to the present psychic pain in which she was trapped. 'Do you know that you have sea-colored eyes? "How?" How her mother loved that, how she loved the shopping, having the salespeople saying that she couldn't be Camilla's mother, oh, no, she must be her sister ... Camilla smiled. 'It's not as easy as that. "Hey," Raffi interrupted. she asked herself. 'Yes, and he looks like you. She said she tried to explain by telling you about-about Papa. 'More nappies, and his formula. A fast-paced story that, though weighted with the usual L'Engle explorations of faith and science, seems ultimately thin and contrived. All right, love, you nap now. 'Listen, old pal, I care about you, that's all.' One Sunday evening she and Mac were doing the final clearing up. 'Or even truth. But enough was not enough. This is what it's all about.' Come. Frowned. Title. 'Hell is right.' 'Rose is dead, is dead.' A girl, her hair up in those rollers Luisa scorned, was just putting away a vacuum cleaner, and hurried off as she heard the doorbell. Camilla nodded. Viciously selfish." That isn't what it's about. 'As much as I want anything right now. "It's nearly seven. The events of Corinth and of the wider world masked Camilla's and Mac's inner turmoil. Slowly, she turned to look at the girl. It was a cigarette burn.' Dr. Rowan twirled her pencil between her palms, then put it down. The sea was the location for the Battle of the Coral Sea, a major confrontation during World War II between the navies of the Empire … It's almost impossible to unlearn.' If the human race ever makes progress, that is how." A Live Coal in the Sea»317 "Sure. 'Friday.' Sure, I can quote Shakespeare, but where's that going to get me in the real world?' They didn't have a phone, so I got in the car and went over. 'He calls her Frankie! When would he feel secure?, Mac returned, and Camilla and the children flew back to New York. 'You've finally shown me how much, all this hurts.' There was no need to keep Rose's death secret. 'It's so wonderful of Papa to do this, to go be with my father.' He died while Mom was pregnant with me. 'Yes.' "Sure. He could always make her feel full of guilt. Long ago. At least Noelle had not made that mistake, and her brittle anger had been better protection than Pinky's raw grief. I'm not strong. It's outrageous. Raffi scowled. As you've probably noticed, Mac's a very private person. So, to this most momentous of momentous occasions, and to our beloved children-' He poured them all a small amount and raised his glass. Luisa sometimes clumsily tried to find dates for Camilla. Camilla's grief was contained only by her need to help Taxi and Frankie with theirs. They spoke simultaneously. 'I got over it.' "I'm glad she got that across." If this was not her mother's first affair, it was the first one in which Rose had encroached on Camilla's own territory. 'A lot of people get terribly wounded. All that adoring. 'I know she lives in a world of sin and temptation, but she's held on to what she believes.' My mom's a bit of a fascist. The laundry machines were in the basement of their building, and the easiest way to get to them from their apartment was out the front door, down a short flight of stone steps, and then into the basement. But with Mac I haven't been. She looked warily at her grandmother. 'Listen, Camilla, I need your advice. If she-that old woman-that Rose-if she hadn't died, would he ever have known?' What fun we're going to have!' I hope perhaps you would prefer me to a nurse.' I don't know what got into me.' But we're not going to be here forever.' But she was shuddering with terror. When Mac came home he brought in the mail, the usual junk, plus a letter from Rafferty, full of loving concern. "What's the matter?" Let's go back to the Church House, then.. Frank continued to look at her steadily. Family-United States-Fiction.1. "Why do you think your father would want to spoil that?" "Does she get recognized?" It doesn't mean anything." (Luisa had said, 'To a child, death is a terrible betrayal.') When she makes her vows she will keep them. He had pancreatic cancer and it was mercifully quick. Turn these stones into bread and feed yourself, and while you're at it, feed the rest of the world, too. 'Okay,' Frankie said. P.O.W.s scrambled over each other for privilege. ,No, not at all. It had been furnished largely by the parish ioners. Unbelieving. "Yes. He had been brooding, simmering, all the way down to the city from the college after her grandmother's reception, barely listening as Frankie talked about Seattle, and how popular Taxi's show was with all A Live Coal in the Sea»27 her friends. The trees were delicately laced against the sky, no sign yet of the softening of buds. Mac winced slightly, but her eyes were half closed and she did not see. She wore pastel-colored dresses and matching cardigans and sandals and went into an orgy of shopping. Art and I went to the psychiatrist together, and then I went to another one as well because I was torn apart with anger. She could have danced Cin derella at the ball, and Taxi was spectacular as the prince, even though the ballet prince's costume would not have been a tuxedo. Yes. "I miss you, too, Thessaly. You have made the rectory into a charming home. "I keep digging at you, Grandmother, trying to get at the truth, why Dad wanted to pull the rug out from under me." It was a world of which she knew absolutely nothing. The youth group moved about the nave of the church, lighting candles, until the loveliness of light brought tears to Camilla's eyes. Frank and Camilla had a real storybook romance.' Madeleine L'Engle-72 'We try. But one day Madeleine L'Engle264 when I was maybe nine I was skating in the park and I fell and broke my wrist. Nothing. You've grown up in New York. Thanks for the coffee.' As the heat progressed, so did her fatigue. 'I think you're crazy,' Luisa said. Mac's letters came regularly, but the only personal part of them was the closing, the Love, Mac. It's a possibility. 'Don't rush things.' When she felt warm enough she got out and wrapped herself in a bath sheet. As she was walking along the path she saw a young man heading toward her, tall, bespectacled, slightly stooped. Mac's eyes met hers. 'Hey, I can't use my opera tickets (or ballet tickets, or symphony tickets) tonight, so why don't you and Mac gog' Camilla suspected that Luisa had no intention of using the tickets herself, that she knew that Camilla and Mac could not afford such luxuries, but she accepted them gratefully. For food. Taxi continued, "Thessaly and I have been doing considerable quarreling and it upsets the child. I don't know whether it's the worst thing I've ever done, or the best. Camilla was, or had been, Professor Grantley Grange's favor ite student. I stayed with him, read to him, talked. She was surprised at the intensity of her grief for a father she had not seen for so many years. Camilla folded her hands together, whitening the knuckles. Some of them have problems, sure. he asked. Mac's voice was stony. 'I know you've been brought up to believe that nice girls don't-though how, with your mother's example-' 'Luisa, shut up!' 'I have burned it,' Camilla said. "When he wanted to, he could be so terrific, making me feel I was the only person in the world who was saving him." 'Passionate?' 'We're okay,' Camilla said. 'But he writes.' 'I was so glad to see him. She had a hard time sleep A Live Coal in the Sea>,147 ing. Can you let it go? I think Mac will make you happy. It was a bad fall. I was shocked by what my nephew Gordie told me.' Where do you live? But human. She had had a fleeting affair and was terrified that she might be pregnant. "In all the ways that count, you are. 'It will do you good to get away from Corinth for a few days,' Olivia said. "If I was married to Taxi I wouldn't mind staying home." Am I stuck with it, or can I train myself out of it?' Screamed. 'Baby still kicking away?' Thank God, she thought, Luisa did not know about Rose Dickinson and the astronomy professor. Art talked about the Eucharist, which is, he said, the Greek word for 'Thank you.' One day a freshman came in, a young girl who lived at home, not in one of the dorms-one of the few "townies." 'I know,' Camilla whispered. Frances woke up, gurgling with pleasure. 'That didn't make you hesitate?' 'Cam, you in here8' Then, 'My God, Macarios Xanthakos, what are you doing here4V 'I might ask the same, Luisa Rowan.' I need a break, too. This chore was the sad point of the week. They walked to a gate where no plane was listed and the seats were empty. "Remember what an interfering little bitch I used to be?" Mac knows I love him, utterly.' 'Why couldn't you have fallen for a Taoist and done yoga?' 'Yes.' ,T-to something important.' Are you all rightsV 'Yes, of course, Mother. 'Yes.' 'Freddy, read Psalm 121 for us.' Luisa did not know that Rafferty was not Taxi's father. 'I'll be most grateful,' Camilla heard her father saying. He picked her up and put her on the mattress of the canopied four-poster bed in the old inn where they were staying for two nights. A statement that he had come home. One day, having walked home from the university to the seminary, Camilla dropped into the chapel for evening prayer and communion. 'No, no!' 'We'll give it a try. And taught. When she is six weeks old I will come and show her the stars. 'Her voice trailed off. Gordie, we do not use prayer time to attack each other or to manipulate God.' But don't forget it later on.' 'He's here for another week.' There were marble mantelpieces surmounted by portraits in heavy gold frames. Mac, her husband, had given her bitter and muddy coffee in that mug the first evening they met. I love the rocking chair.' 'That will be fun.' "Did she tell you why?" 'You may each have two cookies from the cookie jar. Finally she said, 'My dear, it does not come free, or without leaving scars. The puzzle was quickly tidied up. 'This, dearest daughter, will be for you and Mac. Mac is marrying you, not your mother.' 'Mother?' Questions to which Raffi was owed an answer. Corinth is too small, too gossipy-' The book fell on the floor as Mac put his arms around her. She was easy with them, showing them the stuffed animals. 'Well, I don't know, Daddy, I just get worried. A Live Coal in the Sea »287 'I am.' I have to do that much for him, give him my name, legitimize him.' 'It's hardly Sunday school. 'Is anybody?' A small breeze stirred the sea oaks on the dunes. There seemed no reason to refuse. Mac's gaze followed hers. Camilla came into the Taxi?' 'Oh, God,' Mac said, 'this is not going to be easy.' Get some fresh air. old-fashioned you are. 'I think she looks like Mac.' We told him to keep it and let us get on with our lives. Starve to death? The seminary was an alien 2 'What about abuse?' Oh, Mac, I don't want my foolish little mother's tragedy blown all out of proportion.' The fewer people who knew, the better-even you, dearest Liz." Suddenly the name sounded strange to her. Olivia arrived the next afternoon. That wasn't what killed her. The bishop asked, 'How are my girls? It used to be less uncommon when people had large families, ten or twelve children." No, they hadn't. I'm like Father. Oh, Mac, do all parents give their children terrible wounds?' Noelle defended herself. It's weird. No wonder he hated somebody who took him away from where he was happy, from Aunt Frankie and Grandmother and Grandfather." 'But Frank-' Mac cut across his father's words. Still, they were based in Paris, and that was a relief to Camilla, and not only because of Red Grange. I am She phoned Olivia, who said, 'I don't know why he's striking out at you and Mac. You've always known how to listen. The night that everybody-the doctors, the nurses-thought he was dying, I knew that I loved him, that I couldn't bear it if he died. There were three names on brass plaques. 'I wish Frankie had come,' Camilla said. Frankie gets it out in pictures, but Taxi acts it out. 'She's leaving today, isn't she?V 'Yes.' "Do we need to escape?" I haven't, done a lot of sleeping around. Mostly they've been one-night stands, or not much more. She was making her own life, her own way, freeing herself from Taxi. The nurse gave her forms to fill out for each child, and led the children to a large box of toys and a bookcase filled with books and games. I'm your oldest friend. She opened her eyes. She went close to the tree, pressing her ear against it. Andrew came into his wife's office, squatted down in front of Camilla. 'Were there any more scars?' Your Aunt Frankie thinks it was. 'What a delight you are,' Olivia said. "But you still think marriage is worth it?" Camilla tried to break it. Taxi came home, delighted to see everybody, not regarding the suspension in any way as a punishment. When Grange left for Chicago he arranged for her to transfer to the University of Georgia in Athens, which was about half an hour's drive from the little town of Corinth, where the church was. He liked not having to work within the inevitable stresses of the academic world." 'I can do it,' Taxi said. Mac put his hand over hers. She would have to go back to college right after her marriage, to finish the semester, give exams, hand in grades, before joining Mac in Corinth. Did he love him?" A large screened porch in the back overlooked a green sweep of lawn at the end of which was a small stream. They were driving along the Riviera and they went over the edge on one of those hairpin turns, with a large bus coming toward them. Nothing had happened. I don't know why he keeps on loving her, except that she's so beautiful and so insecure. Art said grace, then turned to Camilla. They were heading into another potentially explosive subMadeleine L'Engle»154 ject. Mac finally had to roar, 'Quiet! If you need more help it's available ... No, Rafferty, not yet. Raffi said, "Dr. Rowan asked me to return this to Dr. Andy. I think you're right, Mac. I think I remember, after the funeral, that the brother took it down." And that, it seemed, was true for all her life, Rose's shadow thrown darkly across it, even after her death. Noelle's voice was brittle. 'But your mother's here?' And discipline. You remember, with earthcentered orbits of sun, moon, and stars-' Mac ran his finger over her lips, then drew her eyebrows, her nose. They were all in the Cathedral in Jacksonville for the funeral. She knew they were right. I was still healing from T.J.'s death. 'Hey, Tax, I need those.' 'And?' Not physically. 'Esther left us long ago. I'm an astronomer and good at my work.' I have a few things to do.' She closed her mouth and kept from saying, 'Soon.' There did not seem to Camilla to be visible cracks in Olivia and Art. 'Poor, underprivileged kid. 'If you like.' "At least I don't have that problem." When had they had this conversation? Did Mac know that his father had been abused? 'Me, too,' Taxi said, though he did not ask Frankie how her art classes were going. Little Ferris asked me what would happen if I stopped nursing the baby,' Noelle said, 'and I told him she'd get hungry and start crying and I'd have to nurse her again. Finally he noticed her, curious and pleased at her fidelity, and asked her out for a sandwich. It is hereby reprinted by arrangement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. By the time Taxi and Thessaly were married this had changed, although the fact that this was Taxi's third wedding raised questions, so they did not look elsewhere. You work hard. Thanks to Frank's steady clear-sightedness, his gentle persistence, the scales fell from Mac's eyes. And you've let me. Is it some recessive gene? He was Mac's best friend. 'This peace. 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