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By Tom Robbins

Whilst the inventory marketplace crashes at the Thursday prior to Easter, you—an formidable, even if ineffectual and never totally moral younger broker—are confident that you’re dealing with the Weekend from Hell. sooner than the marketplace reopens on Monday, you’re going to need to scramble and scheme to hide your butt, yet there’s no manner you could count on the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the autumn from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion on your lifetime of a tattooed stranger reason on blowing your brain and such a lot of your fuses. Over those fateful 3 days, you may be compelled to confront every little thing from mysterious African rituals to mythical amphibians, from tarot-card bombshells to highway violence, out of your personal sexuality to outer house. this can be, in spite of everything, a Tom Robbins novel—and the writer hasn't ever been in finer shape.

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Search for AndrÉ. ” “I'm right here. Q-Jo is out. manner the hell out. And the explanation i am not supporting you search for AndrÉ is. . . . ” Your voice trails off. simply besides. Your tone is bitter adequate with out getting particular approximately what you would like Belford could do along with his monkeyitis. After a pause, Belford says, “I do not learn you. ” “Listen, Belford, i am frightened approximately Q-Jo. She had an appointment this afternoon with a truly bizarre man, and she or he hasn't come domestic but or known as or whatever. ” “So that is it. good, honey, i am sorry you are fearful, i do not such as you to fret. yet Q-Jo is a willful girl, loads of willful girl if i could say so, and nobody's prone to make her do something she does not are looking to do. And what makes you think that this shopper of hers is bizarre? ” “I understand him to be bizarre. ” “Oh? you are in my view accustomed to the gentleman? ” less than the fingernails of his voice, there could be detected the golf green cheese of suspicion. “The gentleman? certain! No! I suggest, I met him the day past on the Bull and undergo. He attempted to. . . . He stated. . . . by no means brain. belief me, he is an volatile person. Q-Jo's 3 hours past due and hasn't known as. and unusual stuff is going on. ” “What type of unusual stuff? ” He had you there. in the event you try and articulate it, the “strange stuff” may sound lovely risk free. How may you clarify why a doctored tarot card and the silly notice Bozo have been distracting you from enterprise and turning your Easter into Halloween? “Belford,” you assert finally, “do you're thinking that we are attempting to keep on with the exhibit with the incorrect libretto? ” there's silence at the line. Then he asks, “What precisely is a libretto? ” strong grief! Get that guy out of city earlier than you marry him. “What time's your flight? whilst do you return? ” “Plane's at 11. i am getting again past due Sunday evening. And honeykins, considering the fact that you are on hand now, i'm wondering if you would be up for using me to the airport? In my motor vehicle, should you do not brain. i might kinda prefer to go away you with the Lincoln so's that once you are using round trying to find AndrÉ, he'd be capable to, you recognize, realize the auto. Are you aware”—he chuckles in a tragic, proud way—“that occasionally the little rascal sits on my lap whereas I force? i feel he desires to steer. ” “When do you need to choose me up? ” you ask coldly. whatever, even this, is best than ready round for the slut of the occult. “Nine-thirty. ” “I'll be prepared at 9 forty-five. ” TEN-FORTY P. M. at the method domestic from the airport, you ease the Lincoln as much as 80 miles an hour. you are not in that a lot of a rush, regardless of your acute interest approximately Q-Jo's situation; it is just that you're yes Belford hasn't ever driven town motor vehicle over fifty-five, and for a few cause that irks you. “How do you love it, child? ” you ask the rushing car, then blush right down to the fuel pedal on the sexual innuendo on your comment. On a whim, or even now not, you are taking the Seneca road go out and end up downtown. From there, it truly is as usual as deciding to buy low and promoting excessive to force previous Posner Lampard McEvoy and Jacobsen. you simply are looking to see if the lighting are on.

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