Beginnings (More)

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernies (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 2002, #12 – THE TUTOR, which the Wall Street Journal called “superb”. Among other things, the response of a noted childrens book editor to the character of Ruby led to all Abrahams’s writing for YA and middle-grade.

Linda Marx Gardner awoke from a dream and felt her husband’s erection against her hip. Not nudging it, not demanding; just there. Earlier in her marriage, or maybe more accurately very early, on predawn mornings like this, the bedroom dim and shadowy, Linda would have taken hold of Scott and started something. Those predawn somethings, their bodies still loose and heavy with sleep, would usually turn out pretty good, sometimes better than that.

Linda got out of bed.

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86 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:38 am on March 25th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. Happy Egg Day and Chetspeak and Beginnings and Sunday. We read The Tutor, it was creepy. Good job 👏🏻 Peter!
    Hope everyone’s Sunday is superb.

  2. Masquers
    9:13 am on March 25th, 2018

    Beginnings…not a one to that couple’s day. Loved The Fan!

    Good morning HOH and everyone. Hoping for another sunny day here.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    10:54 am on March 25th, 2018

    Masquers, maybe partly sunny.

  4. B.Stover
    10:59 am on March 25th, 2018

    A cold, sunny day here.

    Good morning all.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    11:04 am on March 25th, 2018

    Cool, grey and drizzling here.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    2:45 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Puzzler!…Anyone up for some puzzle time?…snort!…For each clue I need a word that finishes with the same letter; for example – “Spend time in front of the mirror” = PRIMP…chuffle!

    Clue!…”Intuitive inkling” = ?

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    2:48 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Tutor!…shudder!…That was definitely my first introduction to the Charming Mr. Abrahams….yeeep!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    2:51 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Beau!…He must be rolling over in his Heavenly Clouds because someone’s ..cough!…niece thought it was Easter today and drug all her kids over expecting a big ham dinner…wheeze!…Needless to say me and my friend are hiding in the back room doing puzzlers…sniff!…When will they LEAVE!??

  9. BearSpiritDog
    3:13 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Another Example please…I have Brain Freeze

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:27 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Bear!…PRIMP starts with a P and ends with a P…grunt!…So I need a word that means “Intuitive inkling”…wheeze!…It will start with a letter and end with that same letter.

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:29 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Left!…Well they all finally left and the Boy(from hell) broke my friends front screen door by bending in all the way back against the front of the house….growl!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:39 pm on March 25th, 2018

    GRUMP!

  13. dawson
    3:49 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Hunch!

  14. Herd of Hounds
    5:36 pm on March 25th, 2018

    pulp?

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:10 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Yeeep!….Hunch sounds correct!….Snort!…I’m going to use it on the puzzle!…chuffle!

    Next!…This one seems hard…wiffle!

    Clue!…”Gas in some signs” = ??

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:11 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Pulp!…Is what became of my door…grump!

  17. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:12 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Another Clue!….”Chinese medicinal root” = ??

  18. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:13 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Greetings!

    RIO! Gas in some signs. Neon?

  19. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:31 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rose!…Youse are brilliant!…snort!

    Clue!…”Deadly” = ??

  20. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:33 pm on March 25th, 2018

    RIO! Lethal?

    Double Grump about the door!!!!

  21. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:47 pm on March 25th, 2018

    RIO! Chinese medicinal root…Ginseng?

  22. BearSpiritDog
    7:03 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Those are Brilliant! Sadly the Brain Fog continues.

  23. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:08 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rose!…She is on a Brain-Roll!….snort!…I’m writing them down and I will check the answers to all after a few more…wheeze!…Don’t go away Rose!

    Clue!…Very Knowledgeable = ?? ( i thought it was Pug, but that didn’t work…sniff!)

  24. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:09 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Zippy!…I wanted Zippy to be one of the answers but he doesn’t work either….wuffle!

  25. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:17 pm on March 25th, 2018

    RIO! Very knowledgeable…That is a tough one. Are you sure it is not pug? I’m still thinking…

  26. Thieves!
    8:01 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rio: Luna is revving up her firm, but loving paw. It is possible she if foaming at the mouth at the sight of your door. We are going to get popcorn what with us not being on the recieving end of this lesson.

  27. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Thieves!…grrrr! Yes, and to make matters worse we just had trouble with the inner door blowing open because of a faulty installation by the crew we finally got rid of….grump!gurgle!

  28. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Doors!…So my front doors are crap and someone here probably will have to buy new ones and have them installed by professionals!….grumble!

  29. Thieves!
    8:11 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rio: Luna’s huffle and gruffly is going to start with your niece. Want a Milk Dud? This could take a while.

  30. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Clue!…(another hard one!)….”The most” = ?? and a Vat O’ Beer does not work…sniff!

  31. Thieves!
    8:16 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Tout is all in French.

  32. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Thieves!…Tout begins with a T and ends with a T but wot riddle does it solve?…sniff!sniff!

  33. Thieves!
    8:18 pm on March 25th, 2018

    All as in the most.

  34. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rules!….Thieves, as usual you do not fully understand the Rules of the Puzzler…snorkel!…Step back and let Rose’s brain brew up the answer…heh!heh!

  35. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:27 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Thieves!…To be more clear, I believe this is an All American Puzzler…wuffle!…No foreign words allowed per say…sniff!

  36. Thieves!
    8:28 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rules! We’ve never been big fans of rules…no idea why.

  37. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rose??…Anything??…snort!

  38. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:09 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Stuck!…So we are stuck on “Very Knowledgeable” and “The Most”…snort!…Where is Stover when we really need her?….gah!

  39. Wee Nigel
    9:16 pm on March 25th, 2018

    ScholarS are very knowledgeable. So are little dogs with big ears, come to that.

  40. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Scholars!…Nigel by George I think you got it!…snort!…Anything comin’ to youse regarding “The Most”??…sniff!sniff!

  41. Herd of Hounds
    9:21 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Erudite ?

  42. Wee Nigel
    9:22 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Well, since we are confined to English, I’d say maximum.

  43. Herd of Hounds
    9:22 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Sagacious?

  44. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Next!…The next Clue is strange as it seems to answer the previous clue. Well, maybe not…sniff!

    Clue!…”Excessive” = ??

  45. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Sagacious!…I’ve never heard of Sagacious, wot does it mean?…grunt!

  46. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Google!…No fair using Google in this exercise either…sniff!

  47. SnowBella
    9:26 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rio: As someone who has done their fair share of chores, my vote is excessive = poop.

  48. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Nigel!…DING!DING!DING!…Maximum is what I am going to write down…snort!…You, my friend are a true scholar who wears a collar…heh!heh!

  49. Herd of Hounds
    9:28 pm on March 25th, 2018

    It means knowledgeable and we didn’t google it.

  50. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Poop!…Nope, doesn’t work here…sniff!bah!gah!

  51. SnowBella
    9:31 pm on March 25th, 2018

    That last one landed me a look from Luna. Nigel is insisting I give him back control of the keyboard.

  52. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Excessive!…This is the clue we are looking for right now in case you are still stuck at Very Knowledgeable…grunt!

  53. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Next!…In case no one ever gets Excessive…snuff!

    Clue!…”Feudal land” = ??

  54. Herd of Hounds
    9:47 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Estate

  55. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Estate!…I like it!…snort!…I will write that down for our official answer….chuffle!

  56. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Clue!…”Trepidation” = ?? (plus we still have Excessive to ponder…wheeze!)

  57. Herd of Hounds
    9:54 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Dread

  58. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Dread!…Yes!…snort!…I seriously should have known that one…grunt!

  59. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Clue!…”Water storage area” = ?? …grunt!…lake, pond, stream, river? …River maybe…sniff!

  60. Herd of Hounds
    9:58 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rio, some make sense and some do not .

  61. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on March 25th, 2018

    River!…Runs thru it! Not really a storage area …wheeze!

  62. Herd of Hounds
    9:59 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Or reservoir?

  63. Wee Nigel
    10:00 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Resivoir…is a place the Thieves! would like to store beer, but could probably convinced to fill it with water in a pinch.

  64. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Reservoir!…Dawgs!…yes!…I am using that one…guffle!…So we have one last one. “Excessive”…grunt!

  65. Herd of Hounds
    10:03 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Already has same first and last letters.

  66. Herd of Hounds
    10:07 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Yawn…😴 must sleep.

  67. Belle Starr
    10:12 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Well, we can rule out sparkles as it is impossible to have too many.

  68. Thieves!
    10:14 pm on March 25th, 2018

    We got it! Excessive = thoushallnot

  69. Staff
    10:15 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Rio. How about making the clue Too Much and then the answer can be excessive. 😉

  70. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Gah!…This one has us here tonight all stumped and befuddled….grunt!…Maybe Stover or Dawson can help us out tomorrow after they wake up and shake the dust off…wheeze!

    Clue!…Excessive = ?? (as pointed out earlier it already ends in E and E. But there must be another word for this word.)

  71. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:36 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Staff!….Because we already had a clue called, “Too Much”…grunt!…Nigel said “Maximum” must be the answer and I agreed…snuffle!…Although now I am pondering my decision…guh!

  72. Herd of Hounds
    10:37 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Extreme? Nighty night.

  73. SnowBella
    10:39 pm on March 25th, 2018

    I think HOH is correct, but I stand by my earlier guess.

  74. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Wait!…The clue Nigel answered was The Most, not Too Much…heh!heh!…Just forget my last post altogether…wheeze!…And Staff your suggestion would make life easier right now after all…heh!heh!

  75. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Wait!…The clue Nigel answered was The Most, not Too Much…heh!heh!…Just forget my last post altogether…wheeze!…And Staff your suggestion would make life easier right now after all…heh!heh!heh!

  76. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Double!…Trouble!…grump!

  77. Thieves!
    10:42 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Double trouble! We’ve been called that on occasion…no idea why.

  78. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Okay!…If I am tracking this correctly…guffle!…Snowbella says Excessive = Poop and Hoh says Excessive = Extreme….snort!…I’m torn! Can we have a VOTE?…sniff!

  79. Thieves!
    10:47 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Our lady wants to know if votes are one per household or one per resident of said residence?

  80. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Votes!…Whoever makes the effort to show up on this here blog will be counted as a Vote…snort!

  81. Thieves!
    11:01 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Well, then, from our camp there is: Our Lady, the Giant, Ole Doc, Wee Nigel, Belle Starr, Hazel, Patsy Ann, Gomez, Twig, Elim, Harris, Charlotte, Coach and Natty. Wheeze! That’s just our inside votes. We vote with our Lady. She buys the food.

  82. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Poop!…That is 2x2x2x2(-2) votes for Poop!…snort!

  83. Thieves!
    11:14 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Luna is casting her vote for extreme in the name of decency.

  84. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Count!…So far is 14 Poop ta 1 Extreme….grunt!

  85. Thieves!
    11:26 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Just when you think you can trust Luna she pulls something like this.

  86. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on March 25th, 2018

    Continued!…Tomorrow!…snort!…Polls are still open.

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