• WHEN GOD LAUGHS

  • (with compliments to Harry Cowell)

  • “The gods, the gods are stronger;

  • time Falls down before them, all men's knees Bow, all men's prayers and sorrows climb Like incense toward them;

  • yea, for these Are gods, Felise.”

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    Carquinez had relaxed finally.

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  • He stole a glance at the rattling windows, looked upward at the beamed roof, and listened for a moment to the savage roar of the south-easter as it caught the bungalow in its bellowing jaws.

  • Then he held his glass between him and the fire and laughed for joy through the golden wine.

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    Carquinez

    “It is beautiful,”

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    he said.

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    Carquinez

    “It is sweetly sweet.

  • It is a woman's wine, and it was made for gray-robed saints to drink.”

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    “We grow it on our own warm hills,”

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    I said, with pardonable California pride.

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    “You rode up yesterday through the vines from which it was made.”

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    It was worth while to get Carquinez to loosen up.

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  • Nor was he ever really himself until he felt the mellow warmth of the vine singing in his blood.

  • He was an artist, it is true, always an artist;

  • but somehow, sober, the high pitch and lilt went out of his thought-processes and he was prone to be as deadly dull as a British Sunday--not dull as other men are dull, but dull when measured by the sprightly wight that Monte Carquinez was when he was really himself.

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    From all this it must not be inferred that Carquinez, who is my dear friend and dearer comrade, was a sot.

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