El hombre que perseguía al tiempo by Diane Setterfield

By Diane Setterfield

Al grajo le encanta que le cuenten una buena historia. Lleva cosechándolas desde que existen, desde que hay dioses, hombres y grajos. Y tiene buena memoria...
 
William acababa de cumplir diez años cuando consiguió l. a. admiración de todos los amigos: su ojo experto apuntó a un grajo que descansaba en un árbol lejano y, tras un instante de concentración, el tirachinas dio en el blanco. Nada grave, en apariencia; solo una chiquillada, pero a partir de entonces su vida cambió y William se propuso olvidar el pasado, trabajando duro para adelantarse al tiempo y a sus leyes. Los años fueron pasando y un hombre vestido de negro empezó a rondar a William en las circunstancias más trágicas. Nació así una extraña unión entre los dos caballeros y se inauguró en Londres una tienda espléndida, donde se exponían las telas y los complementos adecuados para el duelo de los difuntos. El negocio fue un éxito y durante un tiempo William pensó que su apuesta por el olvido period acertada, pero llegó un día en que un grajo muy negro surcó el techo acristalado del almacén: de golpe el pasado volvió, cargado de secretos y dispuesto a tomarse su venganza.

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But Charlie’s family, and most people in Lawrence, wanted Kansas Territory to enter the Union as a free state, where owning slaves wouldn’t be allowed. “The whole country is watching Kansas,” Papa had told Charlie. ” And the proslavery side was winning. Last year some proslavery men from Missouri had pretended to live in Kansas, so they could vote in the Kansas election. And they had won. That’s why Kansas Territory had proslavery men like Sheriff Jones in charge. Papa was still angry about the “bogus” election.

I’m sure the border ruffians have all headed back to Franklin to celebrate their victory,” Ed Dillon added. ” Franklin! Charlie frowned. “Papa, my Mend Flory lives in Franklin. ” Flory and her father were from Missouri. But Flory’s father wasn’t like the border ruffians. Mr. Morgan believed the future of Kansas should be decided by voting, not by fighting. “Don’t worry about Flory and her father, Charlie,” Papa told him. ” As he hugged his father good-bye, Charlie hoped Papa was right. Swish, swish.

But I’m afraid he’s a poor farmer. ” Momma’s trying to convince the border ruffians we have nothing to steal, Charlie thought. He heard a low murmur of voices. ” one man called. “Naw,” said another. “The lady’s right. ” And then Charlie heard footsteps. Footsteps coming right to the door. Lion heard the footsteps, too. He began wiggling in Charlie’s arms. He struggled and gave a low whine. Charlie held him more tightly. Momma’s voice came again, loud and cheerful. “Sir, I wonder if you could get me a dipper of water from the pail by the door there?

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