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Dear Hershel, she wrote in a navy blue calligraphy that had been the envy of everyone in her high school English classes, Ill probably be home before you receive this. But no matter. I just wanted to organize my thoughts and put them down on paper for you to look at. Ive been thinking about building a home in Santa Monica, not far from the ocean. I think my commitments are going to keep me there much of the time. Would you object if I talked to an architect? A small house on one of the bluffs would be a grand place for you to relax, and it wouldnt cost much. Its not Malibu. The train pulled into a biscuit-colored stucco station covered with a Spanish-tile roof and surrounded by an oasis of date palms that reminded her of an illustration from the Arabian Nights.more...

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I said, barely able to hide my impatience. Im co-producing Linda Gails movie. Her husband showed up on the set down in Mexico. I think hes got the wrong idea. Regarding what? I guess therere rumors going around about me and Linda Gail.more...

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You might say Im Spanish. Some of my family came from Germany. Youre a handsome woman. I think your husband is a fortunate man. Now I need somebody to prop me up behind my desk so I can get some work done. With the passage of years, Ive learned that age can be used as either a sword or a shield. Dalton Wiseheart was a master at both. As we walked to our car, Rosita put her arm in mine.more...

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I didnt know what I was supposed to say. When I ask my girlfriend on a date, I got to take her on the bus. That dont flush real well. Before I could reply, he pushed the gate free of the driveway and waved me through. I parked at the very back of the lot, in a spot where the car couldnt be seen from the security booth. Fourteen or fifteen patients were sitting in the sunshine on the knoll. A sidewalk sloped from the top of the knoll to the curb of the parking lot. I had loaded the Luger that morning. It was hard to believe I had come armed into the midst of people such as the receptionist and the attendant named Clementine and the good-natured kid in the security booth.more...

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Lying is probably one of his virtues. If he had his way, Id be a lampshade. HERSHEL AND I had bought a half interest in a doodlebug rig, a seismograph drill barge with propellers that allowed it to move from location to location, where it would be anchored to the floor of a river or bay with four hydraulic pilings. Once the drill site was established, a long, flat powerboat strung recording cables in both directions from the barge, sinking the instruments to the bottom of the river or the bay. After the exploratory hole was drilled, the deckhands would begin building explosive charges from cans of dynamite that screwed together end to end in sticks of six. A can of primer was attached to one end and screwed into a second and third stick. Then a nitro cap and an electric wire were attached to the last can and the charge dropped down the hole, the cap wire slithering through the drillers hands as it disappeared inside the pipe.more...

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What do you think I mean? We also have to talk about the picture. I spoke with Jerry Fallon twenty minutes ago. He wants us back in Los Angeles in five days. So does Jack Warner. There was another beat. Are you there? Call me after you check on Hershel. Did you hear what I said?more...

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I dont understand how the contract works. Im being sold to Warner Brothers? Something is happening here that doesnt happen often, he replied. Its all because of Roy Wiseheart. Castle Productions is letting you go to a studio that is going to pay you ninety thousand dollars a year. Warner Brothers is very happy to do that. What does that tell you? I dont know.more...

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The only subject Im interested in discussing is Rosita. If you could help her, you would have already told me. That means Im going to let you go. Im asking that you not call me again. Give me a chance, pal. Were more alike than you think. No, were not. Stay the hell away from me. I hung up.more...

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The driver asked if we had a phone. I told him we didnt. He said he saw a line going into the house. I told him we couldnt afford the service anymore. So you knew? Knew what?more...

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Linda Gail not only stole the lines the other students had stayed up all night memorizing, she committed an act of theft upon herself. She had lied about who she was all these years. The innocent child she wanted to remember had never existed. She was a fraud then and a fraud now. She wanted to talk honestly with Hershel without hurting him more than she had hurt him already. How do you tell someone you dont love him, that you are not drawn to him physically, that even during your most intimate moments, images of other men have always lived on the edges of your consciousness? Is that person supposed to be consoled because you add that you admire and respect him?more...

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