Room 507 by J. C. Hutchins, Jordan Weisman

By J. C. Hutchins, Jordan Weisman

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Construit en 1875 à big apple dans les profondeurs d’une ancienne mine de grès, l’hôpital Brinkvale renferme les criminels les plus extrêmes : trop dangereux pour l’asile, trop déséquilibrés pour l. a. criminal. C’est là que Zachary Talylor, thérapeute, doit analyser l. a. personnalité de Martin Grace, afin de déterminer si celui-ci est suffisamment sain d’esprit pour répondre pénalement des crimes dont on l’accuse. Soupçonné de douze homicides, Grace a annoncé à chaque fois aux victimes leur mort imminente. Et les meurtres ont cessé deux ans plus tôt, lorsqu’il est devenu aveugle. Mais l’affaire est délicate, Grace disposant d’un alibi solide pour chacun des meurtres. Dans los angeles chambre 507 de l’hôpital Brinkvale, l’interrogatoire prend peu à peu l’allure d’un jeu aussi dangereux que passionnant ou un esprit hanté, en proie à des visions prémonitoires, comme il veut le faire croire ? Et surtout, pourquoi sait-il tant de choses sur l. a. vie privée de Zachary ? Est-il vraiment là par hasard ?

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Whenever it stopped of its own accord at one of those holes bordered with thorns that farmers dig along the edge of their ploughed land, Charles, waking with a start, would quickly remember the broken leg, and try to recall all the fractures that he knew. It was no longer raining; day was breaking, and, on the leafless branches of the apple trees, birds sat motionless, fluffing out their tiny feathers in the cold morning wind. The flat landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the clumps of trees round the farms making widely spaced splashes of dark purple on that vast grey surface which, at the horizon, merged with the dreary tones of the sky.

When he entered Les Bertaux his horse took fright, and shied violently. It was a prosperous-looking farm. Through the open half-doors of the stables you could see huge draught horses placidly feeding from brand-new mangers. A stream of vapour arose from the big manureheap that flanked the buildings, and, standing out among the hens and turkeys, five or six peacocks––that luxury of Pays de Caux farmyards––were pecking for food. The sheep-run was long and the barn tall, with walls as smooth as the back of your hand.

Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring. The winter passed in waiting. Mademoiselle Rouault busied herself with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen, and she made herself nightgowns and nightcaps with the help of fashionplates which she borrowed. During the visits Charles made to the Madame Bovary  farm they talked about the preparations for the wedding, wondering which room they’d use for the wedding feast, how many courses they’d have, and what particular dishes they’d serve.

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