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The Doorway

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Author: Evelyn E. Smith
Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,735 / 15 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,693
Added to site: 2009.06.17 24450

A man may wish he'd married his first love and not really mean it. But an insincere wish may turn ugly in dimensions unknown.

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most decisions are hardly as momentous as the individual imagines," Professor Falabella continued, "and since the imagination of the average individual is very limited, many of these different planes--or, as they are colloquially known, space-time continuums--may exist in close, even tangential relationship."

Gloria rose unobtrusively and took the teapot to the kitchen for a refill. Her husband stood by the sink moodily drinking whiskey out of the bottle so as to avoid having to wash a glass afterward.

"Bill, you're not being polite to our guests. Why don't you go out and listen to Professor Falabella?"

"I can hear him perfectly well from here," Bill muttered--and indeed the professor's mellifluous tones pervaded every nook and cranny of the thin-walled house. "Long-winded cultist! What is he a professor of, I'd like to know."

"Professor Falabella is not a cultist!" affirmed Gloria angrily. "He's a great philosopher."

Bill Hughes said something unprintable. "If I'd married Lucy Allison," he continued unkindly, "she'd never have filled the house with long-haired cultists on my so-called day of rest."

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

Infuriated by the claptrap being spouted by the latest of his wife's mystical frauds, a husband calls the professor's bluff and tries to walk into another dimension.

Nothing too impressive, though the story does have a happy ending.


Cute and quick little short about parallel planes.



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