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Author: H. Beam Piper
Published: 1951
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,468 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 5,042
Added to site: 2006.08.23 14527
License: ©

This etext was produced from Weird Tales, Vol. 43, No. 3, from March 1951. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the copyright on this publication was renewed.

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mind, he'd speak up and try to prove it, wouldn't he? What do you say, Myra?"

Myra was silent, and Colonel Hampton found himself watching her with interest. Her mouth had twisted into a wry grimace, and she was clutching the arms of her chair until her knuckles whitened. She seemed to be in some intense pain. Colonel Hampton hoped she were; preferably with something slightly fatal.

* * * * *

Sergeant Williamson's suspicion that he might be getting religion became a reality, for a time, that winter, after The Miracle.

It had been a blustery day in mid-January, with a high wind driving swirls of snow across the fields, and Colonel Hampton, fretting indoors for several days, decided to go out and fill his lungs with fresh air. Bundled warmly, swinging his blackthorn cane, he had set out, accompanied by Dearest, to tramp cross-country to the village, three miles from "Greyrock." They had enjoyed the walk through the white wind-swept desolation, the old man and his invisible companion,

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

Relatives of an 80 year old ex-soldier plot to have him put away because he hears a voice (and talks to it.) But talking isn't the only thing the voice does.

Fairly good characters and plotting, and some satisfying violence near the end. The story is as racist as its time.

Maria Wendt

This was very weird. And strange. And random. Don't waste your time.

Leah A. Zeldes

A powerful short story about an old soldier, greed and a mysterious being.



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