Marie Laveau by Francine Prose

Marie Laveau by Francine Prose

Author:Francine Prose [Prose, Francine]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Berkley
Published: 1977-02-25T13:00:00+00:00

The snake took possession of the house. As soon as Marie locked the door behind her, it slithered out between the slats of the huge orange crate Doctor John had given her for carrying it. It glided onto the floor and traced the edges of the straw mat in the foyer, then headed straight for the parlor.

Marie followed, lighting the lamps to watch it writhing in the pile of the French carpet, twisting across the rug to the yellow silk chair where she liked to sit and think. It raised its hood and swayed slightly, staring at the chair. Then it turned toward the brown leather armchair Doctor John had claimed on his first visit. After a while it lowered its head and moved into the kitchen.

Gliding over the smooth blue tiles, it circled the table at which she’d courted Jacques. It hopped up onto a chair, then onto the tabletop, where it snatched a large green pepper from a bowl. It swallowed the pepper whole. The ruby on its forehead flashed.

At last it slid down from the table, across the kitchen and over to a warm dark spot behind the stove where it coiled up and promptly fell asleep.


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