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Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)
TITLE: The Way Crime Pays: Assorted Notes toward an Unsolicited Manuscript
By Troy Manning
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p. 1b - His wife waited in the car as it drove past the limit. The night was right in her eyes. She shielded them with a coat full of arms.
p. 16 – Her son sank to the bottom while his sisters soared to the top. Molly took roll. She discovered shoe 102 was missing.
p. 6 - It was Jimmy’s turn once again to milk Betsy. How he hated cheating dames. But how else would he afford Molly?
p. 7a - His son cluttered the floor with Betsy’s brothers. They could never forgive him now, being stuck together like sisters.
p. 7b - His sisters cleared the tub of the rest of the loot. How they hated housework. But how else would they pay for their mother’s shoe?
p. 8 - The armed car grew restless and threw the rascals out. Molly was first to go. It was sick of always waiting on Jimmy.
p. 9b - His son had begun to flee the scene when he saw Molly on the ground outside. He did a double-take, then accused her of being his mother.
p. 9c - His sisters approached with a new shoe. It fit Molly perfectly. But just because it did didn’t mean she should wear Betsy’s clothes.
p. 11 - Betsy spit the gag from her mouth then decried the life of crime to the floor full of her sister-like brothers. Only one sat up and took notes.
p. 20 (or 19) - Bugsy’s notes were prodigious. They garnered numerous posthumous journalism awards. Betsy replenished her tub with the royalties.
p. 15 – The detectives inspected shoe 102 for footprints. The dogs traced the scent to Molly’s closet. She came out insisting, to no effect, that she was a new woman.
p. 17 – Jimmy and Molly’s son fled to Japan and wrote haiku. He became anonymous. A Chrysanthemum petal settled on the soil.
p. 19 (or 20) – Jimmy and Molly’s daughters were issued short sentences: “I will not aid or abet, I will not aid or abet, I will not...” They later married Betsy’s remaining brothers. Bugsy’s notes have been optioned for an Off-Broadway musical production.
p. 9a – In his haste to escape, Jimmy was hit by a car. Today was indeed special, but also different somehow. He never did see anyone in the driver’s seat.
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