By Marguerite Labbe

It merely takes one evening with Ash Gallagher to make Eli Hollister imagine he's eventually met the suitable guy on the correct time. great thing he doesn't guess on it, simply because Ash seems to be a scholar in Eli's category on the neighborhood university. Eli can't deny he's attracted, yet now it's advanced. He's already in sufficient difficulty with the dept head, a guy who wish to see Eli denied his tenure and fired.

Ash is calling ahead to taking his lifestyles in a brand new course. After serving one active-duty stint within the Marine Corps and one other within the Reserves, he's able to placed his army lifestyles in the back of him. The final new event he'd deliberate for this semester used to be to fall in lust together with his English professor, however the extra Eli resists, the extra Ash is decided to have him. Then he discovers Eli's taking part in for retains, and Ash is just drawn to a fling... or is he? among those , in terms of existence and love, all bets are off.

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It was before dinner, they were in the main reception room, the Officer of the Guards and his son were sitting in a corner listening politely, the way patient and well-intentioned people do, with an attitude of “Life is made up of duties. Music is one of them. ” They were performing Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie and Henrik’s mother was playing with such passion that the whole room seemed to shimmer and vibrate. As they waited patiently and politely in their corner for the piece finally to end, both father and son had the sensation that some metamorphosis was taking place in Henrik’s mother and in Konrad.

The child looked after the tall lady who was almost running down the allée of the great park as if she were fleeing something. “She looks like Mama,” said the child, thinking of the portrait that hung in his father’s study over the table. qxd 5/18/01 11:06 Page 35 “One may not say such things,” replied the chaplain reproachfully. From morning until night, they learned what may and may not be said. The academy with its four hundred pupils was like an infernal machine whose silence presages the explosion to come.

Qxd 5/18/01 11:06 Page 56 in the moonlight, looking as if it had been filled in with a stick of white chalk between the dark outlines of things. Everything was peaceful. Vienna was sound asleep under the falling snow. The Emperor was asleep in the Hofburg and fifty million of his subjects were asleep in his lands. The son of the Officer of the Guards felt that this silence was also in part his responsibility, that he, too, was keeping watch over the sleep and safety of the Emperor and his fifty million subjects, even when he was doing no more than wearing his uniform with honor, going out in the evening, listening to waltzes, drinking French red wine, and saying to ladies and gentlemen exactly what they wished to hear from him.

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