By Wendell Berry
For greater than fifty years, Wendell Berry has been telling us tales approximately Port William, a legendary city at the banks of the Kentucky River, populated through the years through a forged of unforgettable characters residing in one position over many years. during this new assortment, the author’s first piece of latest fiction because the booklet of Andy Catlett in 2006, the tales date’s variety from 1864, while Rebecca Dawe reveals herself in her personal mirrored image on the finish of the Civil warfare, to 1 from 1991 while Grover Gibbs’ widow, Beulah, attends the public sale as her domestic position is on the market on the market. It feels as though the full club, all of the Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher’s spouse, Kate Helen department, Andy’s puppy, Mike, approximately everybody returns with a narrative or , to fill within the gaps during this lengthy story. these simply now becoming a member of the club could be charmed. these who’ve attended ahead of can be enriched.The tale of the group of Port William is likely one of the nice works in American literature. released within the author’s 78th yr, this assortment, the 10th quantity within the sequence, is definitely the right party to have a good time his large achievement."And so it’s all long past. a brand new time has come. a number of ones of the previous time continue religion and prevent through to work out me, Coulter and Wilma and some others. however the one I wait to work out is Althie. appears like my complete existence now could be lived less than the sensation of her hand touching me that day of the sale, and each day nonetheless. I lie unsleeping within the evening, and that i can see all of it in my brain, th outdated position, the home, everything I took care of goodbye. i assumed i would leave out it, yet I don’t. The time has long past while I oculd do greater than fear approximately it, and that i claim it’s a load off my brain. however the concepts, nonetheless, are a type of company." -- Beulah Gibbs
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When he wasn’t wearing his black coat to be Miss Charlotte’s chauffeur, he would be her butler or table waiter wearing a white coat. His wife, Bernice, was Miss Charlotte’s cook and housemaid, always starched and white and waiting to be told what to do next. Willard’s life was in a way glorious, for who else anywhere around drove such a car? But it was difficult too, and not just when Miss Charlotte joined forces with Bernice in regard to several of his pleasures. I know some of what I know, not just from Grover, but also from Wheeler.
As they came up along the corn rows and into the sound of the Negroes’ singing and understood it, that word rising as if by nature out of bondage, the officer abruptly spurred his horse, put him to the rock fence beside the road, and neatly cleared it. He rode in among the crew of workers—they were scattering, running like quail into the standing corn. Drawing his pistol, he shot the eldest of them, a slave man named Tucker, point-blank in the side of the head. It was no wonder that her time to marry came late for a young woman of Port William.
It seemed to her that Galen did not hear the shot. He fell at once and cleanly from the saddle, delivered out of time without even a suspicion of the cause. The ones who happened upon his body found the horse nearby, grazing along the roadside. The second vision was from the fall of 1863, more than two years after the first. Several slaves, five or six of them, both men and women, were cutting and shocking corn by moonlight out on the Bird’s Branch Road, not far from the church. In her vision she saw them plainly, working steadily along to the rhythm that their corn knives hacked into the rustling of the dry corn.
A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership by Wendell Berry