The Dog of the South

By Charles Portis

Ray Midge is awaiting his bank card invoice to arrive.

His spouse, Norma, has run off along with her ex-husband, taking Ray's playing cards, shotgun and automobile. yet from the receipts, Ray can music the place they have long past. he is taking off after them, as does an irritatingly tenacious bail bondsman, either following the romantic couple's spending so far as Mexico. There Ray meets Dr Reo Symes, the possible down-on-his-luck and particularly eccentric proprietor of a overwhelmed up and damaged down bus, who wishes a journey to Belize. The additional they force, in a vehicle held jointly by way of coat-hangers and excesses of oil, the wilder their trip will get. yet they don't seem to be going to renounce simply.

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Cornell Tubb, yet it’s little need occurring with this, Mama. ” “I keep in mind his complete identify now. It was once Cornell Tubb. Am I mistaken, Melba, in considering that you've got a few Tubb connections? ” “My mom was once a Tubb. ” “It’s little need occurring with this, Mama. I inform you i've got no 143 Charles Portis pals. Cornell Tubb used to be by no means my buddy by way of any stretch of the mind's eye. The final pal I had in this earth used to be Rod Garza, and he used to be thoroughly dismembered in his Pontiac. They positioned a bum in his vehicle and blew him up.

She introduced sooner or later that she desired to supply a celebration in our condominium with the subject of “Around the realm in eighty Days. ” I couldn’t think my ears. a celebration! She observed utilising for a task as stewardess with Braniff airways. She obtained a bicycle, a dear multi-geared version, and joined a biking membership opposed to my needs. the belief used to be that she and her friends might pedal alongside leafy nation lanes, shouting and making a song like a host of Germans, yet from all i may see they only had conferences within the damp basement of a church.

No, you greater carry it correct there. ” He raised the shotgun. I didn’t imagine he could shoot yet you by no means understand. the following was once an volatile one who had threatened the President. It was once a pump gun, an outdated version forty two, and that i wasn’t convinced he even knew how one can paintings it yet I definitely didn’t are looking to be killed with a . 410. “This isn't a lot of a place,” I stated. “I was once anticipating an immense plantation. the place are the folks who do the paintings? ” “They’re long past too. the top bozo give up they usually all went with him. They tore up the generator and the water pump ahead of they left.

167 Charles Portis I informed her that I had lately dreamed of simply this sort of tableau as this—a lady and a small boy and that i seated ahead of a low desk. She didn’t recognize what to make of me. First the pelican and now this. the main points, I should still say, didn’t correspond ex­ actly. Christine didn’t have great outfits like these of the girl within the dream and Victor didn’t seem to be a bit smart-ass like Travis, even though he used to be clunking his heels opposed to the seat in a rhythmic method that i discovered frustrating. nonetheless, the general pic­ ture used to be shut adequate.

I wished meals and that i stored striking approximately in hopes of simply such a call for participation. I them up the steps. the electrical lighting fixtures flickered off and on after which failed altogether. I sat on the kitchen desk within the gentle yellow glow of a kerosene lamp. Mrs. Symes gave me a few chilly fowl and a few warmed-over rice and gravy and biscuits. there has been a bowl of stewed tomatoes too. What a meal! i used to be so hungry I a hundred The puppy of the South used to be trembling and that i made a pig of myself. Melba joined me and fell to on a moment supper.

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