Beginnings (There ain’t no sanity clause.)

Sunday is when this small business takes a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since we’re in the holiday season for sure – satellite radio tuned at the moment to the Country Christmas channel – how about we go with Santa 365, the C&B Christmas e-short story, perhaps a good way to introduce a newcomer to the series? (As some of you may have noticed, this small business likes turning out dialogue from time to time.)

“There’s no Santa Claus,” Charlie said.

“Who told you that?” said Bernie.


“Who’s Esmé?”

“At school.”

“Well,” said Bernie, “everyone has their own opinion.”

“It’s not an opinion, Dad,” said Charlie. “It’s a scientific fact.”


“From a scientist.”

“Any scientist in particular?”

“Groucho Marx.”

“Esmé told you that?”


“Know much about Groucho Marx?”

Charlie shrugged his skinny little shoulders. “He was a scientist and he said there ain’t no Santa Claus.”

“What do Esmé’s parents do?”

“Drive her to school. Pick her up.”

“I meant for a living.”

“Like you’re a private eye?”

“Yeah. Like that.”

“I don’t think they’re private eyes,” Charlie said.

“Why not?”

“They’re rich.”




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3 Responses to “Beginnings (There ain’t no sanity clause.)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:15 am on November 27th, 2022

    Good morning everyone!
    Just love looking at the world through the point of you of children and Chet.
    You got to admit it brings a smile to your face.

  2. B. Stover
    10:26 am on November 27th, 2022

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:57 am on November 27th, 2022


    This excerpt always makes me laugh, especially when mistaking Groucho Marx for a scientist. :^)

    Good Sunday to all!

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