By Anne McCaffrey
On the earth of Pern, Harpers with nice musical skill are held in severe regard. for the reason that the younger, mischievous Piemur consists of himself with lots delight, for he sings like an angel. but if his voice starts off to alter, Piemur loses all self belief and questions his function inside of Harper Hall.
Incapable of making a song, Piemur is shipped on quite a few errands by way of Masterharper Robinton, together with the duty of studying the complex beats of the messenger drums, Piemur has no clue of the grand adventures that look ahead to him, and he'll have to locate the braveness inside of himself to outlive.
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Least of all does he question why his new companion, evidently a man of high birth, refuses to exploit his family’s position to keep his own larder stocked. Carlson, he has come to understand, prefers life beyond his father’s influence. Carlson himself sees no contradiction of character when requesting a helping or two from Abrams. In doing so, he once claimed, he was 34 LANDSMAN graciously enabling his young comrade-in-arms to perform the timehonored ritual, once so prevalent in Classical Greece, of xenia, or hospitality.
Until that time, his gambling had been able to maintain a fairly regular supply of coffee. Professor Carlson, offering his services as tutor to some of the regiment’s most ignorant, if earnest, men, had also been contributing the odd tablespoon of grounds to their pooled reserve. At present, however, coffee has become among the camp’s most prized commodities. Hyams takes a good long look at his private. ” Hyams grunts. ” 49 Peter Charles Melman Abrams shrugs. ” The lieutenant colonel laughs at this.
He cuts short his thieving to look down at Wolfe—the slick, pomaded hair, the handsome Hebraic nose, the full lips and penetrating eyes—who is now crouching beside the man on the floor. Abrams watches him stroke the man’s head lovingly, while whispering to him perverse indulgences. “Aw honey, hush,” Wolfe is whispering. “Everything’s fine, just as fine as can be. ” He quits his fussing to meet Abrams’ gaze, where far more than silence is exchanged between them. The entirety of their lives together inhabits that stare: their introduction at the Jewish Widows and Orphans Home five years before, the shared months there, their dreams of wealth and wine, their first drunks, first fights, and first fucks, their joint decision to tempt New Orleans’ streets.