By Jim Crace
Victor, an eighty-year-old multimillionaire, surveys his empire from the remoteness of his cloud-capped penthouse. Expensively insulated from the skin international, he still unearths that thoughts of his impoverished youth usually are not stored so simply at bay. concentrating on the only region of energy and chaos that continues to be within the streets less than him, he formulates a plan to go away a mark at the urban -- one as indelible and disruptive because the mark the town left on him.
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Her stomach rumbled and reminded her that the first order of business was breakfast. She’d think about the bath and bolting later. Charlotte followed Bay down the carpeted stairs. Her boots were probably ruined after spending the night out of doors, and now she didn’t have a nightgown either. There were any number of things she wanted to speak to Bay about, but her mama always said a man had to eat before he could think. The sideboard was spread with enough food to feed every mistress on the street.
He had no hesitation to punish her for her sister’s transgressions—if one thought that hours of sublime sensual pleasure was punishment. Charlotte put an ear to the bedroom door and listened for any movement. A pleasant lingering of cheroot smoke drifted into her nostrils, but the house was dark and silent save for the steady ticking of the clocks. The timepiece in the cherub’s stomach at her bedside told her it was gone on eleven. He must have left while she availed herself of the discreetly screened commode chair in the dressing room.
And then it hit her. Deb had teasingly spoken about making off with Bayard’s paintings. Said they were valuable. Lord knows, there were enough of them all through the downstairs rooms. There were breasts and bottoms and nipples and nooks on every wall, some near to life-size. But the artwork on the stairs was a manageable size, as was the one hanging directly below it. Charlotte could take them down herself, cut the canvas from their frames, and sell them. All she needed was enough money to hide out for a few weeks.
Arcadia by Jim Crace