"One day, almost as late as five o'clock, the sun
was still shining.  It seemed almost to spin in a tiny
groove in the polished sky, and down below, in the
trees along the street and in the rows of flower
gardens in the town, every leaf reflected the
sun from a hardness like a mirror surface."


A Curtain of Green - Eudora Welty

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A CURTAIN OF GREEN AND OTHER STORIES @ "Curtain of Green" copyright 1938 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1966


"In contrast, the bayou in its silence, could seem like a lagoon in a foreign
world, and a solitary person could walk beside it with inward uncomforted
thoughts.  The house was charged with life, the fields were charged with life,
endlessly exploited, but the bayou was filled with its summer trance
or its winter trance of sleep, its uncaught fishes."

Delta Wedding  Eudora Welty 


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74

"At the Landing much was known about all kinds of love that
had happened there, and wisdom traveled, when it left the
porches, in the persons of three old women."


At The Landing - Eudora Welty   

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "At The Landing" copyright 1943 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971


"Well, the cypress in the bayou were touched with flame in their
leaves early to meet fall as they were early to meet spring and
with the same wild color.  The locust clung to the tree trunks the
birds were flying over every day now, and Roy said he heard them
calling in the night."


Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty


DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74



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"Maybe some day she could become bright and shining all at once, as of though at the
very touch of another with herself.  But now she was like a house with all its rooms
dark from the beginning, and someone would have to go slowly and darkly, leaving
each one lighted behind, before giving to the next.  It was not caution or distrust
that was in herself, it was only a sense of journey, of something that might happen."

At The Landing - Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "At The Landing" copyright 1943 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971




"Above in an unbroken circle, all around the wheel of the level world, lay
silvery-blue clouds whose edges melted and changed into the pink and
blue sky."

Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty

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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74

What each of them had wanted was simply all.  To save all souls, to destroy
all men, to see and to record all life that filled this world - all, all - but now
a single frail yearning seemed to go out of the three of them for a moment
and to stretch toward this one snowy, shy bird in the marshes.  It was as if
three whirlwinds had drawn together at some center, to find there feeding in
peace a snowy heron.  Its own slow spiral of flight could take it away in its
own time, but for a little it held them still, it laid quiet over them, and they
stood for a moment unburdened..."

A Still Moment
Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES @  "A Still Moment" copyright 1942 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970

"By night the Delta looked just like a big bed,
the whiteness in the luminous dark.  It was like the
clouds that spread around in the east for the moon,
that the horses walked through and the
buggies rolled over."

Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74



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"There went a black mule, in the diamond light of far distance, going into the light,
a child drove a black mule home, and all behind, the hidden track through the fields was marked
by the lifted fading train of dust. 
The Delta buzzards, that seemed to wheel as wide and high as the sun,
with evening were going down too, settling into far-away violet tree stumps for the night”

 

Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74

"The swamp was now all-enveloping, dark and at the same time
vivid, alarming - it was like being inside the chest of something
that breathed and might turn over."

Moon Lake - Eudora Welty


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THE GOLDEN APPLES @ "Moon Lake" copyright 1949 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1977



"From the warm window sill, the endless fields glowed like a
hearth in firelight, and Laura looking out, leaning on her elbows
with her head between her hands, felt what an arriver in a
land feels - that slow hard pounding in the breast.".


Delta Wedding = Eudora Welty


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    DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74


"All things, river, sky, fire, and air, seemed the same color,
the color that is seen behind the closed eyelids, the
color of day when vision and despair are the same thing."

Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74



"In the Delta the sunsets were reddest light.  The sun went down lopsided
and wide as a rose on a stem in the west, and the west was a milk-white edge,like the foam of the sea.  The sky, the fields, the little track, and the
bayou, over and over - all that had been bright or dark was now one color."

Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty

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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74

"Outside the summer day shimmered and rustled and the porch seemed to  flow with light and shadow that traveled outward."

Delta Wedding -  Eudora Welty


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74


"Thoughts went out of her head and the landscape filled it.  In the Delta,
most of the world seemed sky.  The clouds were large - larger than
horses or houses, larger than boats or churches or gins, larger than
anything except the fields the Fairchilds planted."

Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty

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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74


"It was the hour of sunset.  All souls that he had saved and
all those he had not took dusky shapes in the mist that hung
between the high banks, and seemed by their great number and
density to block his way and showed no signs of melting or changing
back into mist, so that he feared his passage was to be difficult forever"

A Still Moment - Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES @  "A Still Moment"
copyright 1942 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970

"Everywhere there, the hanging moss and
the upthrust stones were in that strange
graveyard shade where, by the light they
give, the moss seems made of stone, and
the stone of moss."

At The Landing - Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "The Wide Net" copyright 1942 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970





"At her feet the bayou ran, low, long since cleared of trees here, and all but
motionless.  She thought it was like a mirror that was
time darkened no longer reflecting very much, but an entity in itself."



Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty

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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74




"Then a whole swarm of fireflies instantly flickered all around him, up
and down, back and forth, first one golden light and then another,
flashing without any of the weariness that had held back the souls.
These were the signs sent from God that he had not seen the
accumulated radiance of saved souls because he was not able, and that
his eyes were more able to see the fireflies of the Lord than with
his blessed souls."


A Still Moment
Eudora Welty

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 "THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "A Still Moment" copyright 1943 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971

“In that quiet moment
 a solitary snowy heron flew down not far away
 and began to feed beside the marsh  water…..
Lorenzo gave the bird a triumphant look,
 such as a man may bestow upon his own vision,
and thought,  
 Nearness is near,
 lighted in a marshland, feeding at sunset.
 Praise God, His love has come visible.”

A Still Moment - Eudora Welty



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“They all kissed good-bye again, while the green and gold
shadows burned from the river – the sun was going down.”

Delta Wedding – Eudora Welty


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THE GOLDEN APPLES @ "Moon Lake" copyright 1949 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971


"The bayou was narrow and low and soon the water's
edge was full of cypress trees.  They went in heavy shade...
Then leaves cut out like stars and the early red color of
pomegranates lay all over the water, and imperceptibly
they came out into the river.  The water looked like the
floor of the woods that could be walked on."


Delta Wedding
Eudora Welty


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74


"When they turned off, it was still early in the pink and green fields.
The fumes of morning, sweet and bitter, sprang up where they walked. 
The insects ticked softly, their strength in reserve; butterflies chopped
the air, going to the east, and the birds flew carelessly and sang by fits
and starts, not the way they did in the evening in sustained and
drowsy songs."

The Wide Net - Eudora Welty 

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "The Wide Net" copyright 1943 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971

"It was in a bar a quiet little hole in the wall.  It was four o'clock in the
afternoon.  Beyond the open door the rain fell, the heavy color of the
sea, in air where the sunlight was still suspended.  Its watery reflection
lighted the room, as a room might have lighted a mousehole. 
It was in New Orleans."

The Purple Hat - Eudora Welty


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A CURTAIN OF GREEN AND OTHER STORIES @ "A Curtain of Green" @ copyright 1941 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1966



"Outdoors the leaves was rustling, different from when I'd went in.
It was coming on a rain.  The day had a two-way look, like a day will
at the change of a the year clouds dark and the gold air still in the road,
and the trees lighter than the sky was.  And the oak leaves scuttling
and scattering, blowing against Old Plez and brushing on him, the
old man."

Shower of Gold - Eudora Welty

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THE GOLDEN APPLES @ "Moon Lake" copyright 1949 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1977


"To a certain extent, she seemed not to seek for order, but to allow
an over-flowering, as if she consciously ventured forever a little farther,
a little deeper, into her life in the garden"


A Curtain of Green
Eudora Welty

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A CURTAIN OF GREEN AND OTHER STORIES @ "Curtain of Green" copyright 1938 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1966  





"But before them the white heron rested in the grasses
with the evening all around it, lighter and more serene
than the evening, flight closed in its body, the circuit
of its beauty closed, a bird seen and a bird still, the
motion calm as if it were offered:
Take my flight..."

A Still Moment - Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES @  "A Still Moment" copyright 1942 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970



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"Instead of the fire on the hearth,  
there was a mimosa tree in flower.  It was in the
little back field at his home in Virginia and
his mother was leading him by the hand.
 
Fragile, delicate, cloud-like it rose on its pale trunk and
spread its long level arms.  His mother pointed to it. 
Among the trembling leaves, the feathery puffs
of sweet bloom filled the tree like thousands
of paradisical birds all alighted at an instant."

  First Love - Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "First Love t"  
copyright 1943 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971

"Each day the storm clouds were opening like great purple flowers
and pouring out their dark thunder.  Each nightfall, the storm
was laid down on their houses like a burden the day had carried. 
The noise of rain, of the gullies filling, of the little river leaping up
and running in waves, filled all The Landing"

At The Landing - Eudora Welty


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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES@ "The Wide Net" copyright 1942 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970


"The turning of water and sky, of the moon
or the sun, always proceeded, and there was
this magical hesitation in their midst of a boat.
And in the boat, it was not so much that they
drifted, as that in the presence of a boat
the world drifted, forgot.  The dreamed about
changed places with the dreamer."

Moon Lake - Eudora Welty


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THE GOLDEN APPLES @ "Moon Lake" copyright 1949 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1977

"In the center of everything, in the center of
thunder, there was a precious piece of
quiet, and into that quiet her love would go"


At The Landing - Eudora Welty

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THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "At The Landing" copyright 1943 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1971

"Ellen looked down the road for Dabney.  Stretching away, the cotton
fields, slowly emptying, were becoming the color of the sky, a
deepening blue so intense that it was like darkness itself.  There was a
feeling in the infinity of the Delta that even the bounded things,
waiting for instance, could go on forever.  Over and over
from the bayou woods came the one high note, then the three low
notes of the dove."

Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty


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DELTA WEDDING @ copyright 1946,47, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1973,74




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"Where the light fell on the river, in a wandering from shore to shore,
it was leaf-shaped spangles that trembled softly, while the dark
of the river was calm.  The willow trees leaned overhead under
muscadine vines, and their trailing leaves hung like waterfalls in
the morning air.  The thing that seemed like silence must have been
the endless cry of all the crickets and locusts in the world,
rising and falling."


The Wide Net -Eudora Welty



THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES "The Wide Net" copyright 1942 by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970


"So the day was hard but the night canceled out the day. 
When the moon went sailing like a boat through the heavens,
between long radiant clouds, all lunar sand bars lying in the stream,
and the stars like little fishes nibbled at the night."

The Robber Bridegroom
Eudora Welty


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THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM @ copyright 1942, by Eudora Welty, renewed 1970