By Wendell Berry
For greater than fifty years, Wendell Berry has been telling us tales approximately Port William, a legendary city at the banks of the Kentucky River, populated through the years through a solid of unforgettable characters dwelling in one position over many years. during this new assortment, the author’s first piece of latest fiction because the e-book of Andy Catlett in 2006, the tales date’s variety from 1864, while Rebecca Dawe unearths herself in her personal mirrored image on the finish of the Civil warfare, to at least one from 1991 while Grover Gibbs’ widow, Beulah, attends the public sale as her domestic position is accessible on the market. It feels as though the complete club, the entire Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher’s spouse, Kate Helen department, Andy’s puppy, Mike, approximately everybody returns with a narrative or , to fill within the gaps during this lengthy story. these simply now becoming a member of the club might be charmed. these who’ve attended sooner than can be enriched.The tale of the neighborhood of Port William is without doubt one of the nice works in American literature. released within the author’s 78th 12 months, this assortment, the 10th quantity within the sequence, is the suitable celebration to rejoice his large achievement."And so it’s all long gone. a brand new time has come. numerous ones of the previous time continue religion and prevent by way of to determine me, Coulter and Wilma and some others. however the one I wait to determine is Althie. appears like my complete lifestyles now could be lived below the sensation of her hand touching me that day of the sale, and each day nonetheless. I lie wide awake within the evening, and that i can see all of it in my brain, th previous position, the home, everything I took care of goodbye. i presumed i'd omit it, yet I don’t. The time has long past while I oculd do greater than fear approximately it, and that i claim it’s a load off my brain. however the concepts, nonetheless, are a type of company." -- Beulah Gibbs
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A shiver passed over her as shivers do when somebody has stepped on the place that will be your grave. She leaned in her chair to look, and saw coming down the hill from the schoolhouse, toward the stores and the bank and the church in the town’s middle, a little band of riders. They rode at a walk, looking around. When they came among the business places, now evidently shut and deserted, they stopped, bunching together, and then began riding erratically back and forth, leaning now and again from their saddles to test a latch or to pound a fist on a locked door.
A small band of federal soldiers came in the night, arrested Thomas, and carried him away. Dicey did not know why they had taken him or where, or if he was alive, until she received a long-delayed letter somehow smuggled out of the prison. It was a letter much beyond Thomas’s powers of writing, written for him in a determinedly beautiful flowing script by a fellow prisoner: Mrs. Needley dr. Madam: Thos. Needley your houseband was put in here the fed. mil. jail at Louisvle on yesterday charged with aiding a Rebble.
From the yards and porches and storefronts along the single street, people withdrew behind doors. People who had ridden into town in a wagon or on horseback got themselves and their animals out of sight, if they could. ” The Yankees would be looking for persons disloyal to the Union, a category not clearly defined, or for revenge against perpetrators of disloyal acts, which also were not well-defined or perhaps even definable. The Rebels would be on the lookout for recruits. The others, the self-described irregulars or guerillas, would be actuated, as like as not, by some local grudge going back a long time before the war.
A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership by Wendell Berry