By Peter S. Beagle
A kindly raven brings meals to and is the significant other of a guy who has taken safe haven in an deserted mausoleum in a brand new York urban cemetery for nineteen years.
Title: A tremendous & inner most Place
Author: Beagle, Peter S.
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication Date: 2007/05/28
Number of Pages: 264
Binding variety: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: bl2007019271
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Mr. Rebeck said nothing. Presently he reached out a tentative hand to smooth the raven's plumage. "Don't do that," said the bird. " "I'm sorry," Mr. Rebeck said again. He stared out over the neat family plots with their mossy headstones. "I hope some more people come soon," he said. " "I do have company, most of the time," Mr. Rebeck said. "But they forget so soon, and so easily. " He got up and leaned against a pillar. "Sometimes I think I'm dead," he said. The raven made a sputtering sound of derision.
Nineteen years ago you'd have been sloppily thankful for a pretzel. Now you want me to bring you steaks. " Mr. Rebeck gave him one. "I still think you could do it. " "It does," said the raven, "when there's a cop hanging on one end of it. I damn near didn't get off the ground today. Besides, all the butchers on this last frontier of civilization know me now. I'm going to have to start raiding Washington Heights pretty soon. " "You don't have to bring me food, you know," Mr. Rebeck said. He felt a little hurt, and oddly guilty.
He quoted the lines, a little haltingly, but with an eager savoring of the words. From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives forever; That dead men rise up never— "I remember," Michael said abruptly. " "I'm sorry," Mr. Rebeck said. " "Pat," Michael said. "Very pat. " He looked up and saw the sun walking slowly up the sky like a tired old man. It interested him, and he stared hard at it. While he looked, Swinburne passed quietly out of his mind forever, unloved and unhated.