By James M. Cain
One guy sells his soul to avoid wasting an innocent—who seems to not be so blameless after allGraham meets Sonya open air of his actual property place of work. She is 16, attractive, and exhibiting simply the correct amount of leg. He's ruminating on these legs while she drops the bombshell—she's there simply because Graham's brother, Burl, raped her, leaving her worried, pregnant, and intensely a lot on my own. She used to be spending the evening with a chum while boys and a case of beer grew to become a quiet night right into a hellish orgy. All she wishes is the $1,111 it's going to expense to spend the following couple of months in a convalescent domestic, then supply the child up for adoption, yet Burl won't provide her the cash. Sonya's vengeful father, in the meantime, wishes way more cash from Burl, to pay for harming his daughter. Graham bargains Sonya a better option: He'll marry her in order that she will be able to get a criminal abortion. This second of twisted generosity will swap his existence forever—but he has no concept that, as he asks for Sonya's hand, he's signing away his soul.
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The barrel was carried carefully to a neighboring field. " gasped Rad, and got a full breath again. "That was touch and go, sure enough," muttered Ned Newton. "Those overalls sure went to the wash, Boss," declared the foreman. "What was in 'em? " But Tom dropped down the ladder and went to his father. Their hands sought each other and gripped, hard. "Better not tell Mary about this," whispered Tom. " "Right, Tom," agreed the old inventor. "From this time on we cannot be too careful. If there proves to be an infernal machine in that package we may be sure that we are dealing with desperate men.
We cannot surround the place at night with an armed guard. It would cost too much. Even Koku cannot be everywhere. " "The fellow was pretty sharp to slip by," Ned observed. "The stockade is no mean barrier, especially with the rows of barbed wire at the top," said Mr. Swift. "Barbed wire! " exclaimed Tom. It was just here that Mr. Damon's idea for guarding his prize buff Orpingtons came into play in Tom's scheme of things. "Barbed wire doesn't seem to keep out spies," he added slowly. " For Tom to think of a thing was to start action without delay.
An Enemy in the Dark 29 Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive Eradicate was in bed and snoring under the roof, Tom knew. Just where Koku was, it would have been hard to tell. Although a fine and penetrating rain was falling, the giant might be roaming about the waste land surrounding the stockade of the works. The elements had no terrors for him. Tom locked his portfolio and stepped into his bathroom to wash his hands before retiring. Before he snapped on the electric light over the basin he chanced to glance through the newly set windowpane which had replaced the one Rad had shattered in escaping threatened impalement on Koku's spear.