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Krasnow shook his head. “They’d do the same to me. I take my chances, just like they took theirs. You might even knock me over and take the whole works. ” A for Anything 33 Platt leaned forward over his crossed knees; he was folded up like a jackknife on the couch, all joints and bony hands. The cigarette in his fingers trembled and spilled ash. ” he asked. Krasnow pantomimed a bark of laughter. “Yaa,” he said. “You hit it there. We been on the road a day and a half already, and all I got was cat-naps.
Sam, this is my last day at Buckhill,” Dick said. “Yes, Misser Dick. ” “I’ll be away four years. ” “Dess right. You be twenty. ” Dick snorted, feeling a vague sense of outrage. All right, the boy was only a slob—or “slave,” if you wanted to please Dad and use the old term—but even slobs were supposed to have some feelings. In magazines and teledramas they were always bawling when they thought about their young masters going away; so what was the matter with Sam? Then he discovered he was hungry, and forgot the matter.
The first Jones had taken Buckhill away from the former holder by what amounted to a low trick—disguising himself as a slob to enter the house, and throwing old August Boyle out of his own bedroom window. That was colorful family history now, but if the same thing happened over again today, it would be a crime. A for Anything 61 Then there was the third Man of Buckhill, Edward’s brother Leonard A. Jones, who had taken over the house when Edward died in a riding accident—and whom the present Man had had to challenge and kill, in order to get his rights when he returned from Colorado.
A For Anything by Damon Knight