Summer Morning, Summer Night, 2007
1. End of Summer, 1948
2. The Great Fire, 1949
3. All on a Summer's Night, 1950
4. A Far-away Guitar, 1950
5. The Pumpernickel, 1951
Mr. and Mrs. Welles walked away from the movie theater late at night and went into the quiet little store, a combination restaurant and delicatessen. They settled in a booth, and Mrs. Welles said, "Baked ham on pumpernickel." Mr. Welles glanced toward the counter, and there lay a loaf of pumpernickel.
"Why," he murmured, "pumpernickel. . . Druce's Lake. . ."
The night, the late hour, the empty restaurant - by now the pattern was familiar. Anything could set him off on a ride of reminiscences. The scent of autumn leaves, or midnight winds blowing, could stir him from himself, and memories would pour around him. Now in the unreal hour after the theater, in this lonely store, he saw a loaf of pumpernickel bread and, as on a thousand other nights, he found himself moved into the past.
4. The Screaming Woman, 1951
5. A Story of Love, 1951
That was the week Ann Taylor came to teach summer school at Green Town Central. It was the summer of her twenty-fourth birthday, and it was the summer when Bob Spaulding was just fourteen.
Every one remembered Anna Taylor, for she was that teacher for whom all the children wanted to bring huge oranges or pink flowers, and for whom they rolled up the rustling green and yellow maps of the world without being asked. She was that woman who always seemed to be passing by on days when the shade was green under the tunnels of oaks and elms in the old town, her face shifting with the bright shadows as she walked, until it was all thing to all people. She was the fine peaches of summer in the snow of winter, and she was cool milk for cereals on a hot early-June morning. Whenever you needed on opposite, Ann Taylor was there. And those rare few days in the world when the climate was balanced as fine as maple leaf between winds that blew just right, those were days like Ann Taylor, and should have been so named on the calendar.
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3. At Midnight, in the Month of June, 1954
4. Hopscotch, 1978
Vinia woke to the sound of a rabbit running down and across an endless moonlit field; but it was only the soft, quick beating of her heart. She lay on the bed for a moment, getting her breath. Now the sound of the running faded and was gone at a great distance. At last she sat up and looked down from her second-story bedroom window and there below, on the long sidewalk, in the faint moonlight before dawn, was the hopscotch.
Late yesterday, some child had chalked it out, immense and endlessly augmented, square upon square, line after line, numeral following numeral. You could not see the end of it. Down the street it built its crazy pattern, 3, 4, 5, on up to 10, then 30, 50, 90, on away to turn far corners. Never in all the children's world a hopscotch like this! You could Jump forever toward the horizon.
3. Autumn Afternoon, 2002
4. Arrival and Departure, 2007
5. The Beautiful Lady, 2007
6. Love Potion, 2007
7. Night Meeting, 2007
8. The Death of So-and-So, 2007
9. I Got Something You Ain't Got, 2007
10. The Waders, 2007
11. The Dog, 2007
12. The River That Went to the Sea, 2007
13. Over, Over, Over, Over, Over, Over, Over, Over!, 2007
14. The Projector, 2007
15. The People with Seven Arms, 2007
16. A Serious Discussion, 2007
17. The Fireflies, 2007
18. The Circus, 2007
19. The Cemetery, 2007
20. Summer's End, 1980