Lines, some remembered, some verbatim, from Padgett Powell’s short stories

“There was no falling-down insurance for houses, an actuarial nicety that flabbergasted and enraged Mrs. Schuping.” (approximate quote from “The Winnowing of Mrs. Shuping”)

“Yesterday some things happened. Every day a few do. My dog beat up another dog.” (approximate quote from, I think, the start of “Typical”)

“Mr. Nefarious smiled, and only when smiling was he able to do anything else.” (approximate quote from “Mr. Nefarious”)

“What’s all the dick and grinning about, boys?” (direct quote from “Typical,” courtesy of Mr. Roy Kesey, who had the story in front of him as he typed)


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