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By Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is galvanized through "The Robber Bridegroom," a perfectly grisly story from the Brothers Grimm during which an evil groom lures 3 maidens into his lair and devours them, one after the other. yet in her model, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and units her free within the lives of 3 neighbors, Tony, Charis, and Roz. All 3 "have misplaced males, spirit, cash, and time to their previous university acquaintance, Zenia. At quite a few instances, and in quite a few emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her manner into their lives and virtually demolished them.

To Tony, who virtually misplaced her husband and jeopardized her educational profession, Zenia is 'a lurking enemy  commando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and nearly her journal, Zenia is 'a chilly and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who misplaced a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and a few puppy chickens, Zenia is a type of zombie, probably 'soulless'" (Lorrie Moore, New York occasions Book  Review). In love and warfare, phantasm and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

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The Spaniard had then been forced to deal through middlemen of questionable reputation who were buying in the black market on behalf of anonymous collectors and who would offer only a fraction of the estimated price of the manuscript. ” interrupted Green. He reckoned that the Pythagorean parchment in his custody could easily fetch three hundred thousand pounds. If the rest of the items were of comparable value, the total take could be close to a couple of million. “I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to say,” replied the Spaniard, and he quickly resumed his story as if to fend off any further questioning.

He was calling from his office on the top floor of the company’s main shop, a threestory building in London’s Mayfair district. “I’m sorry, David, I got home late last night and didn’t check my messages. ” “I’d very much appreciate your opinion on an item that has been offered to us. It’s a rather urgent matter. ” “If at all possible . . ” “Hold on a second. Let me see . . I know I’m already running late for the library committee meeting. ” There was a short silence while Galway looked up his appointment book—he kept one at the college and another one at home, the two versions not always agreeing with each other.

He could not miss the library committee meeting where substantial cuts to the scholarly journals subscription budget would be discussed and, without some staunch opposition, also approved. The meeting would likely take up the best part of the morning, but he could certainly catch the 12:45 train and be in London by 2:00. He avoided as much as possible driving to the city, which he considered an unnecessary hassle, preferring instead the convenience of traveling by train even if the quality and reliability of the service was no longer what it used to be.

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