Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

By Brandon Sanderson

Of the son of a excessive Duke of the interstellar Empire, a lot glory is predicted. And anticipated. And nonetheless anticipated, regardless of unending facts that younger Dennison Crestmar has no expertise whatever for struggle. however the existence Dennison is pressured to stay may have its fabulous classes to impart...

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Maybe he came back to help you, Rob. L. ” “It’s not that inconceivable that someone would be interested in you,” Kildy said. “I…I mean, the work you’re doing is really important, and Mencken—” “Kildy,” I said. ” “Yes, so was the Fox Sisters’ table-rapping and Virginia Tighe’s past life as an Irish washerwoman in 1880s Dublin, but there was 55 InsideJob_interior 4/14/05 9:23 PM Page 56 CONNIE WILLIS a logical explanation for both of them, and it may not even be that complicated. The details Bridey Murphy knew all turned out to have come from Virginia Tighe’s Irish nanny.

L. MENCKEN — H. L. ” Kildy said. ” she asked after we’d checked the words and phrases we’d listed against Mencken’s writings. ” “What did he mean about leaving Dayton early? ” I shook my head. “Tennessee. ” “That’s what that comment about the courthouse lawn and its being forty degrees cooler meant,” Kildy said. I nodded. “It was a hundred and five degrees and ninety percent humidity the week of the trial. It’s definitely Mencken. L. Mencken, Rob? ” He’d been the bane of charlatans and quacks all through the Twenties, writing scathing columns on all kinds of scams, from faith-healing to chiropractic to creationism, railing incessantly against all forms of “hocus-pocus” and on behalf of science and rational thought.

Kildy shook her head doubtfully. “I don’t think so. ” 30 InsideJob_interior 4/14/05 9:23 PM Page 31 INSIDE JOB “Like what? ” “No, of course not, Rob,” she said indignantly. “It’s just that…you say she’s doing it to get publicity and bigger crowds, but as you told me, the first rule of success in the psychic business is to tell people what they want to hear, not to call them boobs. You saw the woman next to you—she was all ready to walk out, and I watched her afterwards. She didn’t sign up for a private enlightenment audience, and neither did very many other people, and I heard the emcee telling someone there were lots of tickets still available for the next seminar.

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