By John Grisham

Till that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means stored a mystery or instructed a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, scorching summer season of his 7th 12 months, teams of migrant staff — and very risky males — got here throughout the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And by surprise mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves the city seething in gossip and suspicion. a stunning younger girl ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and anyone has began furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in glowing white. And as younger Luke watches the area round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which could shatter lives — and alter his relatives and his city forever....

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Bichat,* as we know, did not seek to discover the great mystery of existence by studying the human subject from the outside the key to the riddle, he saw, lay within. Those who followed the same method, in our own subject, were travelling on the only road will fall ; that really led to discoveries. Unfortunately, this excellent idea of theirs was the result of mere instinct ; its logical impli- cations were not carried very far, and it was shattered on the first difficulty. " Yes," they cried, " the cause of destruction lies hidden " in the very vitals of the social organism but what is this cause ?

Did this cause the ruin of the whole society ? Not at all. Its civilization was never more brilliant, its industry more productive, its influence abroad more incontestable. I can well believe that sometimes, in the midst of these storms, a wise and potent law-giver came, like a sunbeam, to shed the The light light of his beneficence on the peoples he ruled. remained only for a short space and just as its absence had not caused death, so its presence did not bring life. For this, the times of prosperity would have had to be frequent and of long duration.

CHAPTER IV THE MEANING OF THE WORD "DEGENERATION"; THE MIXTURE OF RACIAL ELEMENTS HOW SOCIETIES ARE ; FORMED AND BROKEN UP However little the spirit of the foregoing pages may have been understood, no one will conclude from them that I attach no importance to the maladies of the social organism, and that, for me, bad government, fanaticism, and irreligion are mere unmeaning On accidents. ordinary view, that it is the contrary I quite agree with the a lamentable thing to see a society fell diseases, and that no and trouble would be wasted if a remedy could only be found.

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