A Few of the Girls: Stories by Maeve Binchy

By Maeve Binchy

From Maeve Binchy’s earliest writings to the latest, her paintings is stuffed with knowledge and customary feel and likewise a pointy, frequently witty voice that's insightful and reaches out to her readers all over the world and of every age. if it is certainly one of her best-selling novels or a quick tale, Maeve indicates us that instances can have replaced, yet humans frequently stay an identical: they fall in love, occasionally unsuitably; they've got hopes and goals; they've got deep, long-standing neighbors whose secrets and techniques are shared; they pass on vacation trips and rejoice new jobs . . .

A Few of the ladies is a wonderful number of some of the best of her brief tale writing, tales that have been written over the decades—some released in magazines, others for associates as presents, many for charity advantages. The tales are all choked with the signature heat and humor that experience continually been an important a part of Maeve’s allure.

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I’m not trying to play psychologist but to explain how I came to lose half of my crew on the first trip out. The technicians were the first to go, after they were turned into boozers by the radiotelegraph operator, a shrimp of a mestizo who knew every trick of the bootlegger’s trade—sealed plastic pouches hidden inside canisters, that sort of thing. The early space pioneers would have been shocked. Beats me how they could have believed that any man placed in orbit automatically became an angel.

All lost. No ship, no trace, nothing. I lunged for the screens. That goddamned baggage train! Oh, how I wanted to dump Le Mans’s treasures and take off. Where to? I wasn’t sure myself. Direction Aquarius, I think—but I couldn’t just aim for a constellation! Still? If I radioed the sector, gave the approximate speed and course data…? It was my duty as a pilot, my first and foremost duty, if I could still do anything at all. I took the elevator to midships, to the radio room. I foresaw everything: the call to Luna Central, requesting priority for future transmissions of the utmost urgency, which were sure to be taken by the controller on duty, not by one of their computers.

A hundred meters higher, the face was cleaved by a vein of diabase—red-tinted, brighter than granite—that bulged above the surface and snaked across the flank, like a trail of varying width. Pirx’s eyes were held in thrall by the summit’s sublime outline, though as they climbed higher, and, as was usual with a mountain viewed from below, it receded farther, and the abrupt foreshortenings broke it up into a series of overlapping planes, the base lost its former flatness, and columns sprang up—a wealth of faults, shelves, aimlessly winding chimneys, a chaos of old fissures, an anarchy of cluttered accretion, momentarily illumined by the top now gilded by the sun’s first rays, fixed and strangely placid, then once more swallowed by shadow.

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