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September 2008, vol 4 no 3

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Jeffrey Woodward


Garden Party

On a walk through Mrs. Dailey’s garden, irises summon exclamations and tiger lilies do not lack admirers.

Mrs. Able, without equivocation, declares Miss Favor – at forty-something, the junior member of this party – absolutely stunning in her darling waist-cut jacket with frills. Abigail and Greta, the fifty-plus nieces of Mrs. Able, concur while Mrs. Dailey, again, inquires about Miss Favor’s handsome, new neighbor.

counterclockwise –
the courtship of four or five
white butterflies

The party circles back to their host’s patio, dainty hors d’oeurves, sun tea and Miss Favor’s elegant evasions.

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